COVERAGE BY: COLIN ELDRIDGE
Thursday September 14th, Mutemath at House of Blues was competing against Young the Giant at Blue Hills Bank. While Young the Giant could cash in on everyone’s last ditch effort to get outside, however Mutemath didn’t need any excuse for their fans to come out with the floor packed with die hards ready for to hear the latest offerings of their less than week old and fifth full length album “Play Dead”. I definitely heard some anxious chatter, as I hovered around the march table, about the recent departure of two of Mutemath’s founding members.
Canadian indie-pop band, Romes, opened up the first day of US leg of the 'Play Dead Live Tour.' The four piece, just barely two years old, came out ready to take on the world by introducing themselves properly and setting a high bar for the rest of the night. Sporting a healthy dose of synth of samples but perfectly balanced out with loud drums, danceable bass lines and huge hooks. Anticipating the release of their first full length and self title album dropping later on the tour, they planted their feet firmly and left an impression on the crowd.
Next up was Colony House, abruptly departing from Romes heavily synth based sound for a fresh and honestly refreshing take on a very traditional americana influenced indie-rock vibe. Quickly approaching the first birthday of their 2017 sophomore release, “Only The Lonely,” Colony House managed to split their stage time between that album and their debut LP, “When I Was Younger,” ranging from the straight forward and poppy upbeat, “You Know It,” to a new acoustic gang vocal take on the slow and inspirational march of “Moving Forward” never losing enthusiasm no matter the mood of the track being performed.
Mutemath took the stage for the first time in the states without founding drummer Darren King, after having played only a handful of dates since they’d also lost founding member Roy Mitchell-Cardenas. With the roster holes plugged and donned in all white with his signature key tar Paul Meaney and his new stage-mates executed an incredible vision of the entire Mutemath catalog. The now 3-piece are in full on record release and reveal mode focusing their efforts of course on Paul Meaney’s five year work in progress and (at this point) week-old record “Play Dead” kicking off the first day of the 2 month long US leg of the “Play Dead Live Tour”…. They might have played a song or 7 off of “Play Dead”.
Even while massively supporting their latest effort they managed to tour the rest of their discography. Very naturally dropping in 4 tracks from every other full length besides 2009’s Armistice only fitting it’s single “Spotlight”. The band charged straight through the set, much to fans pleasure, sacrificing stage banter time for a 20 song set crammed in 75 minutes, touching on an impressive genre influences throughout the night. Honestly the only thing that bugged me was that even with playing a 20 song set there was so much material I still wanted to hear. It was pretty quickly that the crowd was convinced the band hadn’t crumbled completely without Roy and Darren in the mix, and the crowd very quickly returned the energy ten fold and singing along to every song new and old. Mutemath did anything but play dead in their reveal of 'Play Dead Live.'
- Stroll On
- Blood Pressure
- Light Up
- Used To
- Pixie Oaks
- Break The Fever (with Armistice interlude)
- Stall Out
- Tell Your Heart Heads Up
- Quarantine (First Half)
- Achilles Heel
- Hit Parade
- Quarantine (Second Half)