Moody music isn’t necessarily bad to listen to. In fact, I’ve done my share of listening to the likes of The Cure and Siouxsie and The Banshees and such and had a thorough delightful time listening to them. Sometimes there’s a release that can be found in listening to music.
That was my reaction to listening to Sticks by the Vancouver-based band Mother Mother. I also like my moody music delivered by powerhouse female vocalists, like the aforementioned Siouxsie, or Jeanette Napolitano of Concrete Blonde.
Thankfully, this band has two powerhouse female vocalists in the form of both Molly Guldemond and Jasmin Parkin and we sometimes get treated to some nice harmonies by the pair of them
The music isn’t always on the dirgey side, in fact, it kind of moves along quite nicely. That is certainly the case with Let’s Fall in Love. It’s not really a song that extols the wonderfulness of falling in love. In fact, it kind of makes the point that this is something we are just kind of going to go on through life doing, as though it is a facet of human life that we are just going to do, regardless.
There are also some occasional folksy-acoustic guitar licks from Ryan Guldemond. Usually, you expect moody music like this to be propelled along only by electric guitar. These licks come into good effect in Business Man and the song that immediately comes after it, Dread in My Heart. Warning you will not hear the latter song on your favorite college radio station. It has quite a few dirty words in, but they don’t feel out of place at all. I always hate it when some of my favorite songs on a record have language like that. Mostly, because I usually think they should he heard by anyone.
This is the type of moody music that can be good and cathartic for your soul. Put it on when you feel down in the dumps. It’s the type of record that will allow you to go wallowing in your bad mood and emerge intact on the other side in a good man. I don’t know if there’s any connection between the band’s mood and the fact that they’re Canadian. Probably not, but I just thought I’d mention it, since they are. The vocal will envelop you and remind you that we all need to feel bad sometime.