Feet ached outside Rum Runners Friday night as Mute Math fans endured a two-hour delay before the band’s opening song, but 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 energy to come by duct-taping his headphones to his head, a pre-concert ritual.
Lead singer Paul Meany, guitarist Greg Hill, bassist Roy Mitchell-Cardenas and King combined homemade and unique instruments to create a medley of musical mayhem. Mix this unique sound with an incredible stage presence and you get a taste of what Mute Math is all about.
The band wasted no time in redeeming themselves for what was nearly a cancelled show. Mute Math’s connection with its audience is what made their show such an incredible success. As any avid concert-goer knows, the intimacy of a show depends on how comfortable a band is with its fans.
Mute Math has the uncanny ability to blur the line between performer and spectator. Meany showed just how much the band values its fans by crowd surfing and even giving spectators his instruments to play. Fans hope that this type of connection continues as the band grows in popularity.
Those close to the stage were floored by Meany’s onstage acrobatics, which included somersaults over his keyboard, while King used his drumsticks to hit inanimate objects. The energy and endurance displayed by the band was infectious, making it easy to forget the pre-show delay. By the end of their set, fans felt euphoric. “One more song!” chants persuaded the band finish to up with an encore, the instrumental song “Reset.”
As Mute Math’s fan-base grows, so does its musical savvy. These four extremely talented young men, whose signature instrument is a keytar, certainly left an impression on those who attended Friday’s show. Even if you’re not into experimental alternative rock, it’s worth it to check out Mute Math and the revolutionary musical road they are paving.
In the words of the band, “break the spell of the typical” and try something different. You won’t be disappointed.
Edited and published in the University of Western Ontario “Gazette,” September 11th, 2007.