Yo Mama

Yo Mama

 Ottawa, Ontario, CAN
BandAmericanaFolk

Singer/saxophonist Shelley Montreuil leads this five-piece band with her edgy vocals, biting lyrics & scorching sax solos. Drawing on influences like Wilco, Fleetwood Mac, Portishead & Janis Joplin, Yo Mama brings their infectiously energetic live show to new audiences by way of major festivals like Westfest and small East Coast bars like the Trailside Inn where the locals can’t help but get up and dance.

Yo Mama is set to return to the studio Spring 2016 to record their first full LP.

Biography

Few bands rumble up and down the highways of the East Coast and Ontario in a big, white RV as often as jazz-rock band, Yo Mama does. At the wheel, singer/saxophonist Shelley Montreuil leads the five-piece with her edgy vocals, biting lyrics and scorching saxophone solos. 

Formed in Perth, Ontario in 2012, the band continually makes new fans as they bring their infectiously energetic live show to new audiences by way of major festivals like Ottawa's Westfest and small East Coast bars like the Trailside Inn where the locals can’t help but get up and dance. Having opened for Rae Spoon, Sarah Harmer and The Acorn, this band has put their own spin on adult contemporary.

Drawing on influences like Wilco, Fleetwood Mac, Portishead & Janis Joplin, Yo Mama is set to return to the Bova Sound Studio Spring 2016 to record their first full LP. Lyrically Montreuil crafts songs that spin stories about forbidden love, life on the road & levelling the playing field. Their most recent single, “Kiss You Because I Can,” an LGBT-proud anthem, which made its rounds on the CBC Searchlight contest and community radio was also recorded with producer Phil Bova (Feist, Bahamas, The Acorn, Jeremy Fisher).

Attending a Yo Mama show you’re guaranteed to feel the grooves and dig the ambience these experienced musicians bring to the stage in the form of electric guitar grit, perfectly placed keys, ambient sax and soaring vocals with tight harmonies. Be sure not to miss it!

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 covers of Serena Ryder, Wilco, Cold Play, Pink Floyd ...