I don’t know how many of you out there heard about the woman who woke up from a coma and said she wanted to go to a Seger concert (read article here), but when I read about this lady I thought, wow, I would so do that. No, I wouldn’t wake from a semi-coma and ask for Seger, although he seems a decent fellow (points for those who know the reference), but I would totally ask to see my favorite band: Mutemath.
…mute what? I always hear this when I tell people their name. People do that with my name, too. I guess that’s just something Mutemath and I have in common. So, let me break it down for you. Mute- as in the inability to speak and math- like that subject in school you didn’t really want to learn. And no, their awesome name isn’t the only reason you should listen to them (or me- ha!), but it is a good place to start.
Mutemath was born out of the ashes of the band Earthsuit. Ever heard of them? They were a short lived, but critically acclaimed, ’90s Christian rock band. Paul Meany, former backup vocals/keyboard for Earthsuit, struck out on his own with friend, Darren King (drums/samples). Now we get to the good part. These two, King and Meany, started creating music together through a long-distance collaboration using samples, keyboard, and drums- the sound which would become the backbone of their self-titled album and which still influences their music today. Add to the duo Roy Mitchell-Cardenás (bass) and Greg Hill, although the latter is now replaced by Todd Gummerman (guitarist), and you’ve got MUTEMATH.
My friends say I’m obsessed. And they’re probably right. Honestly, it was just love at first sound. I have never been this hyped about a band where I need to buy every CD, go to every concert possible, etc. I wasn’t even a “fan girl” for ‘N Sync or The Backstreet Boys in their heyday (but let’s be honest, I did listen to them). However, when I heard Mutemath, everything stopped. It was beyond a driveway moment. It was like this is the sound that I have waited my whole life to hear. They just have the right blend of musical elements that I love.
Beyond their incredible music, they have amazingly energetic live shows (under-exaggeration) which has made them the #1 band to see live before you die (check!), as told by Alternative Press and any fan you talk to. Offstage, they are some of the most humble guys I have ever met. They’re so gracious. Not only do they make time to sign drum shards (because King is a BEAST on the drums) or take pictures, they also stick around to have a conversation, which personally, I’ve found to be rare.
Their discography goes something like this:
And although Mutemath didn’t create this album, some of the members are featured:
Live From Victory Fellowship: Elevator Music
They’re currently working on their next album and I am so excited! I have no shame in telling you now that when I get my hands on it, it’ll look something like this…
If you haven’t by now, do yourself a favor and go check them out. Now!