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The Odd Soul Tour

posted Mar 20, 2012, 1:05 PM by Sarah Brehm   [ updated Mar 20, 2012, 1:08 PM ]
The last time I saw Paul Meany in concert was many years ago when he was in an experimental rock band called Earthsuit. Earthsuit’s sound was complete different from the usually rock I listened to. Since then, Meany has only grown as a musician; each album he has been a part of has been significantly better than the last, and I love every one of them!


Meany met up with drummer Darren King as Earthsuit was disolving, and their incredible talent has taken them from little-known musicians to famous rock starts who, along with bassist Roy Mitchell-Cardenas and newest member, guitarist Todd Gummerman, put on one of the best performances I have seen on March 18 at the Tabernacle in Atlanta.


MUTEMATH started the show by marching through the packed-out floor. When they got to the stage they immediately jumped into “Odd Soul” the title track from their current album. This was followed by “Prytania” and “Blood Pressure,” both from Odd Soul.


Over the course of two hours MUTEMATH performed every single song off Odd Soul, plus a bunch of older tracks including “Spotlight” from Armistice, which was featured in the Twilight soundtrack. A friend of mine said she went to a MUTEMATH show not long after Twilight came out—lots of teen girls were in attendance, and she was asked if she was a Twilight fan. She responded correctly by saying, “No. I’m a MUTEMATH fan!”


A MUTEMATH concert is more than just listening to great music—MUTEMATH and their crew have diligently worked to make it an experience that will stick with you for the rest of your life. Lights and graphics danced on a large pyramid-shaped screen behind the band. Meany occasionally stood on his keyboard and leaped off—while continuing to play his keytar. King stood on his drums. Mitchell-Cardenas played his bass with a bow. There was also a cart that they periodically pushed into the crowd so Meany, and even King, could perform amongst the fans. Confetti shot out of air cannons and rained down on the audience. Towards the end of the show, Meany jumped onto an inflatable mattress and crowd surfed, all while singing!


They played a variety of songs including “Clipping” (one of my favorites), “Chaos,” and “Reset.” The show ended with “Typical” from their first full-length, self-titled album. Not a single person remained seated!


It has been said that the only thing that can top a MUTEMATH concert is another MUTEMATH concert, so I eagerly look forward to seeing them again.


If you haven’t picked up Odd Soul yet, do it now. No, seriously, stop what you’re doing and go get it.
Words by: Sarah Brehm
Photos and video by: Sarah Brehm
My signed Earthsuit poster from back in the day! 

MUTEMATH "Odd Soul" live at The Tabernacle