Keyboard Jump Engage
Mutemath are coming back to Australia’s shores in early 2013 – which is awesome because I’ve only been obsessing about them since earlier this year when some good friends recommended them and I realized they’d played some of my favourite tracks on great movie soundtracks (Transformers 1 and Twilight).
There’s been a lot written about Mutemath – their sound, their records and especially their live shows. And I guess that’s what I want to add my voice too.
The HiFi Bar in Sydney is the perfect venue for them (that is until they can command arenas like Muse do), and they totally filled the room with evocative sounds, brilliant colour and lively theatrics.
It was all genuine. That’s what got me. These guys are excellent musicians and they love performing with an audience. They really seem to respect the audience and give EVERYTHING to the show.
I’ve been a drummer, electric guitarist and bass player in a few bands (never at the same time – lol). But Darren King’s STATEMENT OF INTENT when he stands at the drum kit, places his headphones on and GAFFA TAPS THEM TO HIS HEAD gave me chills. I’d only heard their albums, and I loved it, but the drums and overall sound is very deftly produced to allow a lot of interesting instruments shine – so the drums are not what I’d call intense or in your face. On the albums.
Because live. With his headphones taped to his head. And with only a small kit to play. He PLAYS.
I don’t know how much he sweats but EVERY drop is worth it.
So I give you some links to some clips. Enjoy.
“Typical” live in Sydney (Paul comes into the crowd and you can see my head and BJ [with the big blonde hair] at 1:56).
“Typical” music video – AWESOME CLIP
“Clipping” – live – Check out Darren with 3 drum sticks between 1:00-1:20.
Part of “Quarantine” – all for the AIR MATTRESS CROWD SURFING
“Cavalries” – live – great shot of Darren Tapped-Head King
“Chaos” – clip – one of my favourites!
And their website
P.S This post is dedicated to my buddies Matt, Adam and Simon – go here and grab tickets and come to their show in March boys!