Widely regarded as a “must-see” LIVE act, New Orleans rockers “Mutemath” have been on my radar for a LONG time and I was stoked when they announced that they would be returning to Australia for a national tour in 2013.
Last night, not only did they make good on that announcement, but they also nabbed themselves a spot in my all-time top ten live shows list. I’m not sure EXACTLY where in the list yet, but they are in there for sure following their 2+ hour set performing HUGE tracks from their 3-studio-album catalogue, including “Blood Pressure”, “Typical”, “Allies”, “Collapse”, “Prytania” and, of course their outstanding instrumental abilities showcased on tracks like “Obsolete” & “Reset”.
Mutmath Setlist → The Hi-fi, Brisbane (23 March, 2013)
- Odd Soul
- Blood Pressure
- Tell Your Heart Heads Up
- Sun Ray
- That’s All You Get
- You Are Mine
- Hit Parade
- Break The Same*
Mutemath’s distinctively unique music style isn’t all that contributes to their top reputation, however. Lead man Paul Meany, often wielding his “keytar” has amazing stage presence and an energy which is only matched by the exuberance of the band’s world-class drummer, Darren King.
King is famous for routinely gaffer taping his session headphones to his head to ensure they stay on as he hammers away on his minimal setup. It’s something truly awesome to witness.
If I have one criticism for the evening, and I honestly have to dig REAL deep to find one, it’s that the basic lighting wasn’t exactly what you would come to expect of a more established venue like my beloved “Tivoli Theatre” (take last night for example). With better lighting, I would have caught Paul’s massive leap from atop his organ to the waiting inflatable crowd surfing device a few rows back to round off the night! Brilliant!
For those of you who are being introduced to “Mutemath” for the first time on this here very page, it would be remiss of me not to back up my enthusiasm and hype without some sort of example of just how good these guys are live.
To do so, let’s turn to the band’s 2010 recording “Armistice Live”. While the selection below is missing a bunch of the great material that was to follow on “Odd Soul” (2011) this still gives you a sweet taste. Check it out!