You hear over and over about how incredible MUTEMATH shows are. Even knowing that, I felt woefully unprepared for how much energy the New Orleans quartet brings.
Canon Blue provided the opening mood with the orchestral pop generated by Daniel James. To match their dynamics, the band also brought in a stunning lighting rig that had the propensity to blow out your shots if you weren’t careful.
Further Listening: Rumspringa
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MUTEMATH made their triumphant entry with a parade of cables and Christmas lights, walking to a drumbeat down the entry walkway into the pit and finally up onto the stage, where band prepared for their lengthy set (including drummer Darren King duct-taping his headphones on). I couldn’t have been giddier to have the night begin with frenzy of “Odd Soul” and the rest of the crowd cheered as vocalist Paul Meany declared that the evening would feature the entirety of the newest album and other classics. And while the performance involved a bag of theatrics (Meany platform surfing, confetti explosions) to add to the fun, it was never the issue of flash over substance with MUTEMATH. The band brings both with no compromise.
Further Listening: Odd Soul (Deluxe Version)
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-The confetti machines at the end of each side caused for awkward entry to the photo pit, as photographers had to cut through the pit crowd to get to the photo pit entrance near center stage. Once inside, the sheer number of photographers that night made for a cozy time. I actually lost my wedding ring on the first song. Thankfully, I found it on the ground near the end of song three before we had to leave. Whew.
-Lighting was a punchy as MUTEMATH’s songs, with a lot of start/stop flashes. Fortunately, the flashes often match with the song progression, so just count your beats and click away.