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After MuteMath played their opening song “Used To”, Darren King – the drummer for the band – securely duct taped his headphones to his head.
I knew I was in for a good show!
I’ve seen MuteMath numerous of times since their debut, self-titled album released in 2006, and they always put on a high-energy performance. Their January 7th show at Emo’s in Austin was no exception. Paul Meany (vocals/keys) smoothly danced around the stage during “Blood Pressure”, “Vitals”, “Monument”, “Prytania”, and any other tune that had a rhythmic groove. Meany played a home-brewed, stage keyboard that produced high reverberated piano tones during the slower songs in the set or for a quick keyboard solo. Todd Gummermann – MuteMath’s most recent member of the band – played various synth bass and B3 organ patches on his stack of keyboards for most songs off their Vitals album, and switched to rhythm guitar for songs like “Typical” that are not key driven. Bass and lead guitarist Roy-Mitchell Cardenas (Roy is the only player I’ve seen who plays both bass guitar and lead guitar throughout a live set) would constantly interact with Darren King on his elevated platform during solos and instrumental breakdowns.
Their 20-song set lasted about an hour and a half and contained all their singles except for their first number “Control”. My personal favorite part of the set was the closing song – a remix version of “Monument” that can be heard of their most recent album Changes. This version of the song sounds as if Odeza was able to do whatever they pleased with the track. It showed that MuteMath ican evolve from being a guitar-driven rock band to seamlessly moving to being arpeggiated, synth-dance outfit. Just genius!
According a recent Instagram post, MuteMath is currently working on their next album.
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