'A Musical Call To Arms!’
In the wake of the announcement of the long-awaited release of it’s new studio album, New Orleans rock innovators MUTEMATH announces its FALL 2009 “ARMISTICE” TOUR in support of the band’s second album for Teleprompt/Warner Bros. Records.
Prior to the FALL 2009 “ARMISTICE” TOUR, MUTEMATH will appear at V-Fests in Vancouver and Toronto, and will travel to Japan for the 10th Anniversary of Summer Sonic.
On August 18, 2009, MUTEMATH performed a special album release party at the House of Blues in New Orleans with special guests and New Orleans favorites, the Rebirth Brass Band.
MUTEMATH will conclude the FALL 2009 “ARMISTICE” TOUR with four (4) headlining shows in Japan.
Exclusive Magazine recently sat with Mutemath to learn more about their tour, their new album, and, of course, Penguins!
Taking it from the top and what were your musical influences growing up and how many still factor into your music today? "Growing up I went through quite a few phases. Though my Father is not a musician he did a good job of introducing me to lots of good music growing up, lots of great oldies, Beach Boys, surfer instrumentals, he would take me to the local symphony, I developed a love for instrumental music early on."
For the Average Joe who may not have heard your previous work and was thinking of buying your new album 'Armistice,' how would you describe the bands sound? "I'd say "Hey Average Joe, nice to meet you. Welcome to Wal-mart. I couldn't help but notice you admiring the various fishing lures a minute ago. Might I suggest a little album called Armistice. You'll find plenty of copies over in the CD section. Look under Pop/Rock. It's the perfect companion to any outdoor adventure."
I have to admit this is one of the best overall albums I've heard this year. How has the release of this new album been received so far by the public and how does it compare to your previous releases? "People seem to enjoy it. Seems like it caught some of our fans off guard. Everyone has said everything that could possibly be said."
The name of the new album is called 'Armistice' which stands for a situation in a war where the warring parties agree to stop fighting. Were you guys at war with someone/something? Why that particular album title? "Yes. We argued quite a bit with each other and our producer. I don't necessarily recommend it though it was better than not making an album at all."
Your debut self titled album featured the Grammy nominated song 'Typical' - very cool video by the way - doo you feel any of the songs on this new album can get you that award this time around? "It was actually the video that got nominated and not the song itself. I can't think of anyone I would rather lose to than Johnny Cash."
To promote this new album you guys turned to your Youtube.com profile to give fans an idea what to expect from this new album. How did this idea come about to promote the new album and what kind of experience was it working on a project like this? "Our buddy Brandon Goodwin, who did the Spotlight video and is currently working with us on our new video, came to the house in New Orleans where we were set up and he just filmed everything. We've got all kinds of footage that we would never want anyone to see."
I've read that Goodwin Films announced they were working on a documentary film about the making of your new record from these video blog recordings. Any word on when this might be released? "We don't have enough stuff for a full documentary, but perhaps a rather informative after school special."
Indeed, how easy (or hard) is it to create a new, vibrant, wanted-by-the-public sound that both builds on and surpasses the musical wonderment's/accomplishments that preceded it within the industry? "Yes."
Speaking of the creation process. How do you guys approach an album and decide which songs make the cut? I've read that there were some tense times during the making of your new release "We wrote a lot for this record. With almost every song I reached multiple breaking points where I would decide that not only did I hate the song I was working on but all of music with it. I would take a break, go for a walk or bike ride, and usually return to find that my opinion of the song had completely changed. This generally happened several times every day."
Any highlights from the bands trip to Japan for the 10th Anniversary of Summer Sonic you would care to share? How were you received over there? "The Japanese audiences were wonderful. Their dance moves remind me of the Charlie Brown cartoons, sort of just going back and forth between two poses to the beat."
Mutemath on YouTube!
How is the Armistice tour treating you? Any stories you would care to share from the road? "The tour is going well. Last night I had a pretty embarrassing fall, from 12 feet in the air. It hurt my pride more than anything!"
If asked to record one for charity, what '80s (and possibly cheesy!) pop/rock song would you love to cover today ... and why?! "Yeah you want me to be ironic now huh? Say that I would cover Lionel Richie's 'All Night Long' or 'How Can We Be Lovers If We Can't Be Friends' by Mr. Michael Bolton. Well, sorry, I'm going to do something that's actually awesome instead - the theme song from 'Facts of Life'. Ha! Fooled you!"
Lastly, and throwing you a journalistic curve ball, Exclusive Magazine love Penguins ... do you?! "They're a little overdressed for the occasion!"
To learn more about Mutemath and their music, check out their official website, Myspace, Facebook and Twitter sites!
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