Tuesday, March 19
REVIEW GRANT McCULLOCH
Take one of your favourite bands and stick 'em in your favourite venue . . . the rest of the story kind of writes itself; but let me tell you just how awesome New Orleans quartet Mutemath were at the Astor on Tuesday night.
Having roshamboed the planet with their spectacular Odd Soul album in 2012, it was an even bigger mind-freak to realise during last year's set at Amplifier that these guys are better live.
After they entered Nawlins' brass-band style from the back and drummer Darren King secured his headphones with gaffer tape, we were under way.
Bringing out the big guns early, Prytania, Odd Soul and Blood Pressure had things red-lining way earlier than your standard rock set but with a swag of new material, Mutemath pushed on into new places.
Busting out several epic jams, which garrulous singer Paul Meany admitted were field tests for the new material, the band moved through grooves, riffs, tonal fields and colours, never losing the crowd.
Along with other faves like Allies and Tell Your Heart Heads Up, another new track, currently titled Hit Parade, made a huge impact, framing Mutemath's vocal harmonisation.
The performance reached a higher apex when Meany leapt from the stage on to an inflatable platform, never dropping a note as the ecstatic audience passed him over their heads.
Mutemath live are really something to behold.