Styles: Art Rock, Indie Rock, Progressive Rock
Location: New Orleans, LA
Label: Teleprompt Records
Christian label: no
Category: The Light whats this?
The fairytale story of MuteMath began in 2001 when Paul Meany, of popular Christian rock group Earthsuit, began receiving instrumental song demos from Darren King. Those demos started a long distance writing partnership that resulted in King moving to New Orleans in 2003 to work more intensely with Meany. By 2004, the duo had recruited the rest of the band, formed Teleprompt Records, signed a distribution deal with Warner and released their debut Reset EP.
Even though they only have released one EP, a CD and a live recording, MuteMath is considered one of the top progressive rock bands around to today. Their fusion of rock, electronica and pop, mixed with a heavy dose of passion, has created a buzz in the indie rock scene. Their music is heavily keyboard driven but, like Radiohead, they do not sacrifice the percussive drive of their music. The wall of sound Mute Math creates is accented with piercing guitars and sound samples.
MuteMath has built their reputation with songs on the movies soundtracks for Transformers The Movie, Twilight and Sisterhood of The Traveling Pants 2, as well as highly successful appearances on late night talk shows. Their most famous appearance was on Jimmy Kimmel Live when they taped their live performance of “Typical” backwards and then replayed it on the show in front of another live audience. Here they are on David Letterman performing the song straight.
As you can see from this video, MuteMath has one of wildest live shows around. Alternative Press billed MuteMath as the top band “you need to see live before you die,” Their dynamic live shows are punctuated by their attention to detail and the freedom they have created for themselves to explore a full expression of their music in sound and visuals
“[Forming the band] was just a creative exercise,” Meany explained. “There’s something very liberating about that approach. We weren’t necessarily thinking about being any kind of band or who we were gonna open for, it was all just about creating music… as much of a record company or marketing nightmare as that would turn out to be, we wanted to make music that we were looking forward to playing every night and fantasizing about how a show could unfold or how we could set up who could play what.”
Here is another video of their live performances as they play” Chaos” on the Late Late Show with Craig Fergeson.
There is music more to MuteMath’s shows than what we see on television. During their live shows they invite the audience to participate by passing around a homemade electronic noise maker called “the Atari”, which looks like a joy stick. Couple the Atari with Paul Meaney’s keytar and his manic front man act and you understand MuteMath’s reputation as a top live act. However, one of the most memorable parts of a MuteMath show is Darren King’s frantic drumming. Watch this video of a drum solo and tell me he does not remind you of Animal from The Muppets
MuteMath is a very popular, well respected group of Christian music artists making big waves in the mainstream music industry. As we listen their lyrics we can clearly see the foundations of their faith in their lyrical messages. Enjoy.
You can also buy their CDs and MP3s at Amazon