Yo Mama

Yo Mama

 
 Kingston, Ontario, CAN
BandAlternativeRock

REGIONAL FINALISTS in CBC's Searchlight Competition - Ottawa

Playing Westfest main stage, Ottawa, June 14th

Yo Mama is currently working on their debut full-length album ...

Delivering a powerful combination of alternative and ambient rock influences, vivid story-based lyrics and an energetic, captivating performance, this Ontario based band puts their heart and soul into every show, making it hard not to notice this up and coming act.

Biography

REGIONAL FINALISTS in CBC's Searchlight Competition - Ottawa

Playing Westfest main stage, Ottawa, June 14th

Yo Mama is currently working on their debut full-length album ... 

Delivering a powerful combination of alternative and ambient rock influences, vivid story-based lyrics and an energetic, captivating performance, this Ontario based band puts their heart and soul into every show, making it hard not to notice this up and coming act.

The heart of the ensemble is saxophone-playing lead singer Shelley Montreuil. Known for her sensitive yet bold song-writing, she charms you with her sometimes soft and sultry, sometimes powerful and gritty vocals, and then turns around to deliver a scorching sax solo, or conversely weaves a haunting ambient horn riff into the musical layers the band is crafting around the songs.

Drawing on an obvious mix of genres from roots to ambient to electronic, this five piece group creates a distinct sound that is somehow familiar but definitely new all at the same time. Perhaps it is a consequence of the band members' diverse range of influences, ranging from jazz to Phil Collins to Janis Joplin to prog rock. Whatever the inspiration, Yo Mama has a sound that is sweet, but with an edge; a little funky, a little ambient ... experimental alternative rock, sprinkled with glittery harmonies and bad-ass grooves.

 

"Yo Mama is a real act to behold, I figure Shelley must channel the greats to put on a show that I can only compare to the best showmanship of the past yet her groove is far from outdated - and they rock!"

Elaina Martin
Producer, Westfest

Lyrics

Kiss You Because I Can

Written By: Shelley Montreuil

When you walk into a room and turn and laugh under your finger
I think I want to hold you close and kiss you in a crowded room

I don’t care what they say about us
I don’t care if they can’t understand
I don’t care if the world goes on without us
I just want to kiss you because I can

I think I know what you want to say to me
I think I know just what you’re thinking
I think you want to hold me close and kiss me in a crowded room

I don’t care what they say about us
I don’t care if they can’t understand
I don’t care if the world goes on without us
I just want to kiss you because I can

I don’t care what they say about us
I don’t care if they can’t understand
I don’t care if the world goes on without us
I just want to kiss you because I can

… because I can
… because I can

Let It Ride

Written By: Shelley Montreuil

Doves fly home, elephants moan
What will I do when I’m all alone
Ants don’t care - I swear
It’s a long, long walk home
when you’re all alone.

Ashes float across the air
Singers sing into the night
I just can’t make up my mind
Should I stay or should I fight?

How far will I go before I need you more than ever?
How can I make myself feel fine?
What will it take for me to start feeling better?
When will this pain in me subside?
I’m gonna let it all ride.

Ashes float across the air
Singers sing into the night
I just can’t make up my mind
Should I stay or should I fight?

How far will I go before I need you more than ever?
How can I make myself feel fine?
What will it take for me to start feeling better?
When will this pain in me subside?
I’m gonna let it all ride.

What's Up With Isobel

Written By: Shelley Montreuil

Leaves the car door wide open as she guns it and drives away
Better to do tomorrow what you don’t have to do today
Went on a big vacation and blew all this month’s pay
Something is wrong inside her what it is she just won’t say

What’s up with Isobel? She used to be solid, she used to be swell
What’s up with Isobel? Some people think she’s gone to hell

Yesterday morning, Izzy was so in charge
Hollering orders like a fisherman on a barge
She had plans, and they were grand
But they melted away, like a snowflake in her hand

Now she’s just a shell of a woman, taking time to stand at the side
Slowing down to see where she’s going, rushing fools she cannot abide
Sold her car for a scooter, sold her house to live in a shed
Sold her jewels to live like a pauper, but she kept her soul alive instead

What’s up with Isobel? She used to be solid, she used to be swell
What’s up with Isobel? Some people think she’s gone to hell

Ramona Was

Written By: Shelley Montreuil

Ramona was good, Ramona was strong,
beautiful and her legs were long.
She loved like a sailor and left like a cat
with plenty of claw marks all down your back.

She went to Paris for lovers she went to Spain,
for conversation she went Brisbane,
for the quiet she went Nunavut,
she went to Thailand for food.

Ramona was, good, Ramona was, strong,
beautiful and her legs were long.
She loved like a sailor and left like a cat
with plenty of claw marks, all down your back.

Where did she go? For how long?
Was it right? Was it wrong?
Was she alone? Or en masse?
Was it a cheap flight? Or first class?

Ramona was good, Ramona was strong,
beautiful and her legs were long.
She loved like a sailor and left like a cat
with plenty of claw marks all down your back.

She went to Paris for lovers she went to Spain,
for the vodka she went Ukraine,
for some fun she played hula hoop,
and then she went insane.

Discography

  • Kiss You Because I Can - EP - October 2014
  • Four for the Road - EP - August 2014
  • She's Right - January 2008



Set List

Yo Mama performs mostly original music along with some Serena Ryder, John Mayer, Elbow and Steely Dan.