Mute Math Not So "Typical"

Crowd-surfing, keytars abound

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Paul Meany

Jill Bentham

KEYTARS UNLOCK THE MUSIC TO MY SOUL. Mute Math lead singer Paul Meany brings back the eighties keytar at Rum Runners

Feet were left sore from the winding line-up outside Rum Runners Friday night, but Mute Math fans’ anticipation ran high.

Mute Math delivered an excellent performance, opening its set with the crowd-pleaser “Typical.” Drummer Darren King gave the crowd a taste of the loud energy to come by duct-taping headphones to his head.

Lead singer Paul Meany, guitarist Greg Hill, bassist Roy Mitchell-Cardenas and King combined homemade and rare instruments to create a medley of musical mayhem. Mix these unique instruments with an incredible stage persona and you get a taste of what Mute Math is all about.

The band wasted no time in paying penance to fans for what was nearly a cancelled show.

Mute Math’s connection with the crowd made its show successful. As any avid concert-goer knows, the intimacy of a show depends on how comfortable a band is with its audience.

Mute Math has the uncanny ability to blur the line between performer and spectator. Meany revealed how much the band values its fans by crowd surfing and even giving spectators his instruments to play. Fans can only hope not to lose this connection as the band grows in popularity.

Those close to the stage were exhilarated by Meany’s somersaults over his keyboard, while King used his drumsticks to hit inanimate objects found onstage. The sweat-drenched band members’ energy and endurance was infectious.

Although Mute Math’s set was short compared to the lengthy pre-show wait, fans were euphoric by the end. “One more song!” chants prompted the band finish to up with an encore, performing the instrumental song “Reset” in response.

As Mute Math’s fan-base grows, so does its musical savvy. These four extremely talented young men, whose signature instrument is a keytar, made an impression on those who attended Friday’s show.

Even if you’re not into experimental alternative rock, it’s worth checking out Mute Math and the fresh musical path the members are paving.

In the words of the band: “Break the spell of the typical and try something different.” You won’t be disappointed.

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