Mother Mother

With their sixth album, No Culture, Mother Mother has gone in a direction that involves being deeply and genuinely honest about themselves. According to the band members, the overall theme of this album is about finding yourself. And although it deals with personal issues, it was also important to them to write their songs in a way that their fans would be able to feel a connection with the lyrics as well. Their indie-rock style is very synthetic with a lot of electronic beats and reverb, but the frequent use of an electric guitar, along with bass and drums, allows a stronger sound. Despite there being a certain emotional depth and darkness being present throughout the album, don’t make the mistake of thinking that it’s all gloomy and dismal. The beats made by the synth and guitar make a lot of the songs fun and/or hard-hitting so that you’ll want to sway and jump along.

“Free” is the song that opens the album and immediately catches your attention. It starts off with the two members harmonizing along to beats resembling stomping and clapping in a way that makes it haunting, then jumps into heavy guitar and drums. The alternation and later intermingling of these two sounds gives the song an empowering feel that’s also dark enough to complement the lyrics that resemble a prayer for emotional/mental relief. Next on the album is the very upbeat song, “Love Stuck.” This track generally sounds happier and more care-free, but the lyrics have a deeper tone. The exact meaning can be debated, but it suggests having the experience of losing the ability to feel or love, or keeping all the emotion locked up inside yourself. It also expresses the desire to be able to love again. “Letter” is more synth-focused and has a slower, somewhat sadder tone. The lead singer has discussed that though the lyrics make it sound like it’s about trying to talk to a lover (the lyrics even include “I wrote my lover today”), it’s in fact about writing a letter to yourself. With that in mind, this song seems to focus on communication with yourself and self-reflection.

Where do YOU see yourself in five years?

IMG_4069Josias ’18 “I definitely think as a result of meeting with advisors and talking with students and upperclassmen about some of the things that they have done, it has made me reevaluate where I want to be in the next five years. Initially I was thinking medical school but I have also gotten into public health as a result of also being a duel Spanish and Bio major. But definitely grad school in some sort of capacity, who knows, maybe working for a few years or applying for a PhD, maybe working in the Amazon Rainforest, I don’t know yet.”

 

IMG_4068Annie ’18 “In five years I’d like to be graduated from graduate school in psychology and sociology and working with kids. I think I want to be a social worker because I really like kids and I want to help them if they need it.”

 

 

 

jesseJesse ’18 “I recently applied to the NYPD and I passed the first test. I am going through the process of getting into the academy. So, hopefully in five years, I see myself being an NYPD officer or in the federal law enforcement.”

 

IMG_4067Jay ’18 “I either see myself doing sales work, I’m not sure what industry yet, or going to grad school for student affairs. I am hoping I have a lovely wife and a nice big house.”

 

 

 

 

TiffanIMG_4063y ’17 “In five years I see myself walking across the stage at the University of Florida, where I have recently committed to graduate school, to obtain my PhD in biomedical sciences.”

 

 

 

 

IMG_4066Julia ’18 “In five years I see myself finishing my last year of pharmacy school and taking my certifications to become and pharmacist where I then hope to start working full time in my field.”