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MUTEMATH at Track 29

posted Oct 15, 2012, 7:29 PM by Sarah Brehm   [ updated Oct 15, 2012, 7:31 PM ]

It was nearly 2 in the morning, and a group of about ten fans stood next to a chainlink fence that separated us from MUTEMATH’s tour bus. Several of us had been at the show at the Tabernacle in Atlanta back in March; several already have tickets to see MUTEMATH in Knoxville on October 21. For some it was their first time experiencing a MUTEMATH concert; for veteran fans, this was concert number 5 or 6. My friend who was waiting with me has a bucket-list goal of seeing them live 25 times. One woman had a gorgeous drawing of the band that she wanted to give them (plus one for herself that she wanted signed).

Guitarist Todd Gummerman saw us fans huddled in the cold and came over to sign posters and tickets, take pictures, and talk to us. When he left us he promised to see if he could get any of the other band members to come say hello.

So we waited. And waited. Eventually drummer Darren King came out to greet us. “Sorry I’m in my pajamas,” he said. He was just as nice as Gummerman, and extremely appreciative of us fans. “Roy [Mitchell-Cardenas, bassist] is sick right now, and Paul [Meany, lead vocalist] is probably Skyping with his daughter,” said King as he left us.

Us fans said farewell to each other. If I make it up to the Knoxville show I have a feeling I’ll see some familiar faces waiting outside the bus again.

Why were we willing to wait an hour-and-a-half in the cold for a chance to talk to the band? Because MUTEMATH is just that incredible. Also, they seem to be nice people who love what they do.

The show started at Track 29  in Chattanooga with Meany, Gummerman, King, and Mitchell-Cardenas parading through the crowd to the stage. To the crowd’s cheers, King walked to his drum set, put his headphones on and duct-taped it to his head to keep the headphones from falling off.

MUTEMATH’s extensive set included a variety of songs spanning their three albums, MUTEMATH, Armistice, and Odd Soul, and the Reset EP. They performed for two hours without a break, something that few headliner bands do anymore. Being on the front row (next to a speaker—glad I had earplugs!), was one of the most fun experiences I’ve had a concert. When Meany jumped onto the LED-covered inflatable mattress to crowd surf (while continuing to sing), the mattress came back right over top of me. I got covered in confetti while Meany stood on a platform in the middle of the crowd. And I danced the night away to amazing music.

There really is no way to properly describe a MUTEMATH concert; it’s just something you have to experience. It is true what they say, the only way to top a MUTEMATH concert is with another MUTEMATH concert.

…perhaps I’ll go up to Knoxville in a few days because I'm already eager to see them again!

Words by: Sarah Brehm

Photos and video by: Sarah Brehm

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Highlights from Track 29