This Thursday, December 5, Montreal instrumental collective Sweet Mother Logic are going out with a bang.
Since the release of their debut EP Ascension Island in 2008, the 5-piece band have crafted their signature sound from a blend of pop melodies and complex classical compositions. They’ve received acclaim from The Gazette and the now-defunct Montreal Mirror. Their music has been featured on CBC and has been used as the soundtrack to National Geographic channel’s adventure travel show Departures. They’ve also played some of Montreal’s best festivals including POP, Fringe, and MEG.
Despite all they’ve accomplished in the last few years, the band has decided that it’s time to call it quits.
“Collectively we decided to focus on other aspects of our lives,” said Justin Wright, cellist and manager for Sweet Mother Logic, adding that new school programs and other creative projects have gotten in the way leaving less time to devote to the band.
The decision is one that’s bittersweet. On the one hand, it’s clear that Wright and his fellow musicians really care about this project. The experimental nature of the band have led them to develop a proclivity for collaboration; the band often had guest musicians perform with them live.
It has also affected the way they write music.
“We have a very egalitarian approach to songwriting,” Wright said. “We always do it as a group. Any time someone has an idea, our policy is to try it and at the end, we’ll all know for sure whether we like it or not. The interesting thing that we’ve learned is that, a lot of the time, we have the same idea.”
On the other hand, the end of this project means they each have more time to devote to other artistic endeavors, some that may have been on the backburner for a while. Wright said they’ll all continue to play music in some form or another, possibly with each other at times.
Wright has another project going, one that he started before Sweet Mother Logic decided to end. He describes this project as somewhat of a reaction to what Sweet Mother Logic was all about.
“It’s very stripped-down. All the things that were logistically complicated or frustrating about [playing in Sweet Mother Logic], it’s the opposite with this one,” he said.
Although Thursday’s show will be their final performance as Sweet Mother Logic, Wright said that the band might decide to get together again, possibly in another form, at some point in the future.
“We want to record and release what we’ve been writing,” he said. “We might have a different name or different band members, but we’ll pick it up again in some way.”