on November 27th I went to London, ON to a Mother Mother concert at the London Music Hall. I went with my good friends Kyle and Anthony as well as Anthony’s friend Brian whom I met for the first time that day.
the night before Kyle met met at work and we had a sleepover at my house, it was much needed because I hadn’t seen him for awhile due to our work schedules conflicting, where we ate food and watched The Amazing Spiderman. we spent the night laughing hysterically, as we always do, at things that only the two of us would understand. we ended up staying up til about 7AM which resulted in us waking up later than I would have liked the next day, so we were in a rush.
we walked to the Walkerville Sweet Shoppe to get coffee to wait for the next bus (we just missed the first one) at this time it was about 3:35pm and we were supposed to be at Tecumseh Mall for 4 to meet Anthony and Brian. I texted Anthony when we were at the shop and told him we would be a little bit late, he said that Brian would be mad so i decided we just needed to get there ASAP and that we would cab there. it was soon after I said that I realized I had left my debit card inside my other coat at home (luckily my apartment is only a five minute walk, if that, from the shop).
the ride up there was longer than I thought it would be, maybe it was because I couldn’t smoke since we never stopped, but fun none the less. everyone in the car had common interests so most of the drive was spent talking about current shows, Mother Mother (obviously) and other bands. then we arrived at Kevin’s house.
Kevin is an old friend of mine who coincidentally is friends with Anthony (who I just met in training for our new job about three months ago), which I’m thankful for because I had almost forgotten how much fun Kevin is.
I fell in love with his house immediately. the side of the house was covered in ivy (I’ve always loved that) and the kitchen was huge with a washer and dryer that are ontop of each other. he and his friends made a dartboard with a cat collage as the backboard, which I wasn’t expecting and it made me laugh alot, and then came Kevin’s room.
on the left wall there is interior brick (love!) and the roof comes down on an angle, with a window that you can pull down that leads onto the roof. the room was small yet so spacious at the same time, I think it’s what he did with the space, it was so open and minimal. he had a desk and his mattress on the floor that was placed underneath where the angled ceiling came to the wall, almost fortlike, and the shape of the room was really odd. needless to say, it was one of my favorite room layouts I’ve ever seen.
as we were nearing our leave to the Music Hall we had the option of getting a ride from Kevin’s room mate or walking, I mentioned how I had never really been to London (besides going straight to the airport or the greyhound station) and that I’d like to have a look around and Kevin agreed suggesting we walk through Vic Park.
thet park had christmas lights in the trees and wasn’t secluded or fenced like most parks are, it was just in the centre of various intersections. there was an army tank off to one side which was randomly placed, and the rest of the park was open besides the bathrooms. London was very cold that night, I think Kyle mentioned he saw a sign on our way in saying it was negative four? but somehow the weather set a nice tone to the night, almost like it was selected on purpose for a scene in a movie.
after we passed through the park we were on the streets of downtown London, we searched for somewhere quick to eat before the show. Kyle and I had to go to the bank so Kevin said he would meet us at Ming’s Buffet (a chinese restaurant) to bring Brian and Anthony for food. Kyle and I took our time after the bank walking up Dundas so I could get coffee, Kyle was like a little kid on a field trip. he peered into stores that caught his eye saying “what’s that!” and I felt bad because we were kind of on a schedule and I wanted to explore as much as he did. Tim Horton’s was closed (AT SIX PM!) and so we walked in search of a Starbucks, luckily we found one for not knowing where the hell we were.
as we were walking to get coffee I was looking around at everything and absorbing what I saw. I’m not sure why, maybe it was the hipsters or the asians or the buses, but London really reminded me of Vancouver. I texted this to my other friend Kyle and he said “hahah keep thinking that, most people hate it” but I told him I didn’t give a fuck what other people thought, I liked it.
. (photo credit: Kyle Reaume)
we finally arrived at the Music Hall, we got our wristbands and almost immediately after visiting the merch table we went to the bar (where Kevin and I were found at most of the night). I had one beer, which for a bottle of Keith’s it was almost $6, but soon switched to red wine.
the opening band, Hannah Georgas, took forever to come on but it was well worth the wait. we all really enjoyed their set, the vocalist Hannah reminded a few of us of Florence Welch (Florence and The Machine) based on her appearance and voice.
(photo credit Kyle Reaume)
^ actual Florence ^Anthony, Hannah G, Brian
Hannah Georgas really set the tone for the night with her set, it was really upbeat and made for good drinking music, which we spent that time warming up.
Anthony said he wanted to get wasted and I’m pretty sure Kevin made sure he did, there were few times where both of them did not have a drink in hand but I can’t say much because the same applied to me.
(photo credit Kyle Reaume)
Me, Anthony and Kevin
then came Mother Mother!
before they hit the stage there was an energy that swept over the venue, atleast two hundred bodies breathed heavy with anticipation for them to hit the stage.
(photo credit Kyle Reaume)
^ Mother Mother vocalist: Ryan Guldemond
I am so impressed with their set, I personally love their first two albums so afterward I didn’t really get into the newer two and I was worried that they would only play their new stuff but they didn’t, they played a lot of my favorite songs from their past albums.
we danced, drank, laughed and sang. I ruined one of my favorite sweaters by dropping an entire cup of wine onto the floor that splashed upward onto me and Anthony, it was ripped anyway.
Kyle, Kevin, Anthony, Me, Brian
all in all it was a wonderful experience! I can’t wait to go back to London and spend some time with Kevin.