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Mother Mother is an indie rock band which formed in Quadra Island, British Columbia, Canada in 2005. The band consists of Ryan Guldemond (vocals, guitar), Molly Guldemond (vocals, keyboards), Jasmin Parkin (keyboards, vocals), Jeremy Page (bass) and Ali Saidat (drums). So far they have released four albums: Touch Up (2007), O My Heart (2008), Eureka (2011) and The Sticks (2012). The band began in Vancouver in January 2005, when guitarist and vocalist Ryan Guldemond was at music school and wanted to start a band based around vocal-driven pop songs.
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*Personal interpretation: I believe this song is about someone who is befriending someone almost opposite to them. BDSM has been implied in previous songs by Mother Mother (see "Bit By Bit" and "Verbatim"), as it is here (e,g., "I've found love in the strangest place, tied up and branded locked in a cage" is a good example of bondage and "They get the ball on me, I do forget the chains" ballgag and use of chains perhaps?). This person the singer is befriending/trying to get a date with is not accustomed to the singer's lack of social skills ("I've got problems, not just the ones that are little. They're people problems" Also see: "Get out the Way" about being anti social). The relationship between the artist and the person they're singing about is undefined, either platonic or romantic.