The Reason Why MUTEMATH Will Always Be My “Favorite Band Ever”

So after 2 long years of waiting, MUTEMATH decided to have another tour and it was definitely not going to be missed by me! I opted for the VIP Package, and ohhhhh boyyyyy was it money well spent. Big thanks to MUTEMATH and everyone over at Teleprompt for such an amazing VIP experience. Seriously, this was the best band/fan relations I have ever witnessed in my entire life.

That said… onto the show.

As Tall As Lions

So when I found out that MUTEMATH would be returning to NYC, i decided to check out the opening band, As Tall As Lions. Turns out they are NY natives, and their music was another welcome refreshment for my ears. I enjoyed this band way more than the opening band that MUTEMATH picked for their last show here, Eisley. As Tall As Lions seemed a better fit with the energy that MUTEMATH emits when onstage. I must say, I was thoroughly impressed with the band as a whole!

ATAL1They did only 6 songs, which included my all time favorite, “Ghost of York”. Not too many people knew who they were, but by the end of the set, people were cheering and clapping along for them. I’m sure they made quite a few fans tonight. The lead singer has an incredible voice and range, I was impressed with them. Also, the two in the back took turns playing those keyboards, trumpet, and various other instruments. Highly entertaining. I’d pay to see them again, without a doubt.


Like I said.. 2 long years of waiting and they day had finally come when MUTEMATH was back in town. My adrenaline was coursing so high I had a slight headache from all the anticipation. I felt as if i would burst into tears or break into hysterical laughter at any moment. And this was all before they even came onstage! When I heard the first few notes of “The Nerve” I knew this would be a night I wouldn’t soon forget.

paulmeany1The crowd was quickly energized and transformed into a hurtling mass of bodies all bobbing up and down to the beat, myself included. This was what I’d missed. The reckless abandon of all care for your own person, and just letting the music guide your movement. MUTEMATH has always been that band for me, where I could just say “fuckitall” and rock out like nobody’s business. Their energy is infectious!

Their setlist was peppered with songs from their newest album, “Armistice” of course, while bringing back some crowd favorites like “You Are Mine”, “Noticed” and “Reset” from their self-titled disc. They even managed to squeeze in “Peculiar People” from their first EP! And yes, I knew the words to all of the songs they played. When I say i’m a huge MM fan, I mean it. I’ve listened to their albums repeatedly over the years and most recently “Armistice” for weeks, just trying to mentally prepare myself for everything I had witnessed tonight.

mm1Can I take a moment and talk about how insane Darren King is? Seriously, is he from another planet? Injected with some experimental drugs? Because how in the bloody hell does he play like he does? I’ve not seen nor heard a drummer that’s impressed me that much in so long! Darren has been my favorite drummer ever since I found out about MUTEMATH, and when you see him in action you really appreciate how talented he really is.

Exhibit A: The Duct-Taped Headphones

darrenducttapeI mean, seriously. He knows he is gonna be drumming harder than any man known to beat a drum, hence the duct tape. Notice the sweat? Yea, that was after like 2 songs. By the end of the show, it looks like he’d just threw himself into the nearest pool, got out and sat down to play. I’m not even kidding. He was so sopped with sweat, he was nice enough to put his blazer on before crowdsurfing so we didn’t get his sweat all over us. What a stand up guy.

Exhibit B- The Cymbal

darrencymbal1Do you see this? There were like 4 spare drumsticks out in the audience at this time, and he let whoever got one play with him. I was awed. Not only because I wish it were me who got a drumstick, but because he made sure those people actually stayed on beat and kept time with him.

I can’t even show you the craziness of the bass drum being held by the crowd, with him standing on top, then he takes a swan dive BACKWARDS off of it, is caught by the crowd and crowdsurfs back to the stage. Sorry, my camera died from all the awesomeness that previously happened.

So can I talk about the super awesomeness of Paul Meany now? Can the man have any more energy? Let me tell you, I saw him before the show at the VIP Reception and he is so laid back and calm. Put him onstage and you get instant Red Bull™ action. I can’t even begin to explain how he does it.

Exhibit A- Let The Crowd Sing

paulcrowd1Do you understand that one minute he was onstage, dancing and clapping and the next minute he was right next to me in the crowd? I swear it was like I blinked and he was right there! It’s almost like he teleported himself there. I don’t understand how he was able to propel himself + mic stand that far, that quick. LOL

I so wish I could have shown you the frontflips he was doing over his keyboard near the end. Yea, my camera had already died from the awesomeness like I said. *sigh*

Roy is a damned bass playing monster! He played the hell outta that thing!! LOVED IT!!! Greg was awesome on guitar as well. He even got on drums a bit! I didn’t know he had it in him!!

So yeah. This show basically owns my whole life,LOL. Absolutely, hands down best show I’ve seen EVER! EVER!..lol. I really don’t care what background you’re from, what music you like… you have got to go see this band next time they come to your town. Even if they don’t come to your town, make the drive to see them. There is a damn good reason why they were named “#1 Band You Need To See Live Before You Die” by Alternative Press. I certainly would have been ok with death after this show.

I swear afterward I just walked around completely amazed. I just kept shaking my head because I couldn’t even believe it! I still can’t believe it! I’m so physically exhausted right now from all the exertion tonight, yet I can’t seem to go to bed because I’m so wired from it! I guess you can classify this under the “Good Tiredness” category right alongside sex. LOL

I must say though, the song of the night for me was “Burden”. Every time he gets to that part where he keeps saying “i just can’t hold it together, i just can’t hold it together…” it does something to me. I remember Paul asking me at the listening party which one was my favorite and I instantly said “Burden”. I knew that song was something special, and boy was I right! Hearing it done live was even more breathtakingly mindblowing.

Sheesh, I could probably talk about this all day… err.. night? I suppose it’s technically morning now, since it’s 4:10am already.

I only hope they go on tour again sometime soon, because every other show will now pale in comparison to this one, and I still haven’t caught a Darren drumstick yet, lol. I did manage to snag Roy’s pick from a lovely woman who was kind enough to give it to me. I think she saw my face after I pleaded for something from the stage and had pity on me. LOL

Why do I want to keep writing! LOL I feel prematurely sad for anyone who talks to me in the next few days. The Gospel of MUTEMATH shall be preached.

BTW- the full set of pics will be up on my Picasa acct at: http://picasaweb.google.com/tynie626 once the desktop uploader gets its act together. Can you believe I took 481 photos tonight?


2 Responses to “The Reason Why MUTEMATH Will Always Be My “Favorite Band Ever””

  1. 1 Elaine
    November 18, 2009 at 3:40 am

    I love your page. Brought back memories from the Columbus Armistice concert I saw a few weeks ago. I hate the thought of not seeing them for a very long time, so this is nice. Thanks for your page – looks like it took awhile to put it together.

  2. 2 tynie626
    November 18, 2009 at 4:12 am

    Hi Elaine! Thanks so much for the kind words on my blog. i always think that no one even reads these, so i write mostly for myself,lol. Mutemath is so amazing in concert, i cannot wait to see them again. it was 2 years in between my 1st show and this most recent one. That’s way too long!!! i hope it’s another set of shows in the summer, that would be awesome!!

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