Mutemath’s Odd Soul Tour
Tues., 9/13 • $20
Doors: 7 p.m. Show: 8 p.m.
Soapbox • 255 N. Front St.
When thinking about the term Mutemath, eclectic bleeps and blips and psychedelic dance beats very well may come to mind. It’s a title easily assumed to encompass nerd-rock or at best Pi-induced soundscapes. The reality is the Louisiana rock group take their music to a higher rhapsody—a mix of gritty blues, heavy riffs and panaromic melodies. Paul Meany’s smooth vocals marinate across his bandmates’ energetic instrumentals. Darren King (drums), Todd Gummerman (guitar) and Roy Mitchell-Cárdenas (bass) leap toward a new fully orchestrated power of rhythmic force.
With two albums (“Mutemath,” “Armistice”) and three EPs under their belt (“Reset,” “Live at the El Rey,” “Spotlight”), as well as a Grammy nomination for their 2008 Best Short Form Music Video, “Typical” (which garnered a great fanbase thanks to YouTube), Mutemath began working on another LP last year. The birth of their independently produced and engineered album, “Odd Soul” (to be released October 4th) came head to head with a few trials and tribulations along the way. Mutemath recently interviewed with Charleston City Paper about bandmate Greg Hill’s departure (Ed. note: They weren’t available for an interview before encore’s press date).
Meany states, “Right as we started recording this new record … Greg was ready to go. I think changing up the scenery was good.”
The outcome has allowed them a focused assessment of sound which extracts the heart of the blues from their hometown of New Orleans. They fuse alternative rock and soul into layered radio-friendly tunes. Though gaining momentum and seeing the LP through didn’t come easy, the creativity which they’ve allowed fans to have with their title track “Odd Soul” certainly does. It is easily accessible for the musician in all of us—yes, that’s right! Fans can log online, http://mutemath.com, and twist and knob away on an interactive video mixer. It is broken into six segments: drums, bass, guitar, synth, vocals and BG vocals.
After viewing their website, it makes sense why Roy Mitchell-Cãrdenas appears one second with his trendy black and white poncho and then a plain crew neck tee. Simply put, guitar equals party poncho, and bass equals crew neck. The title track, although great in its original state, can be altered just by pressing solo and mute, or fidgeting with the slide of various volumes. (Admittedly, I spent a good amount of time “researching” the system.) Hence, Mutemath makes everyone a musician. To say they’ve gone above and beyond in marrying modern-day technology and marketing to a tech-savvy fanbase is an understatement. They’re breaking down and syncing together not only their music but the foundation of it by which others can become inspired.
There’s no doubt the quartet will have as much forethought and energetic drive as they animate and engage at the Soapbox on September 13th. Notorious for keyboard handstands, emotional pummels on the drum set and sheer love for music, the band will bring an infectious swagger to Wilmington. It’s a nice preview to their October 4th release, and the onslaught of their Odd Soul Tour, which takes them to “Kimmel Live!” before they continue trekking across the nation.