Oct 6, 2012

Mutemath / Civil Twilight - Rams Head Live

By Bob Suehs


October 6, 2012

Rams Head Live

Baltimore, MD

Mutemath is a band who’s roots are scattered amongst indie rock & alternative rock equally....they limit the heavy guitar tones and favor a heavy rhythm & intense beat which is the essence & back bone of what Mutemath do.

This show was an odd mix of bands because they added 2 more artists to the bill & the first act was a local rock band while the 2nd artist was a one man dj who did live mixing & scratching...the hip hop inspired dj set was not really fitting to this show yet the crowd did seem to appreciate it.

Civil Twilight were direct support for Mutemath and Civil Twilight’s set was an interesting mix of Coldplay meets Muse in that the music was primarily bass, piano/synth & drum driven and the guitar tones were weak for the most part. The music was moving more as a backdrop for possible drug use or atleast that’s what I got from their set.

Civil Twilight’s set actually got better towards the end of their set when they pulled out their more dynamic material as their closers....the last few songs really showed the range of vocals their singer can hit.

Mutemath’s stage was mostly keyboards, synths & tons o’ lights.

Mutemath are on the mellow side & remind me of Maroon 5 in many moments of their live show yet the band itself is as scattered as their music.

Singer Paul Meany has a good voice that has soul with pop credibility while bassist Roy Mitchell-Cárdenas looks like a hippie refugee from the 70’s with his attire...the star of the show as far as I’m concerned is drummer Darren King who beats the hell out of his drum set & pretty much holds together every song quite amazingly!

The Mutemath set started off with the band walking through the middle of the crowd while playing marching band instruments and their set was quite lengthy with the emphasis almost always on the mood & vibe.

I’ll admit I was surprised to see the venue packed because I had no idea Mutemath has such a large fan base and in terms of playing Mutemath sounded great, they played a good set & my only complaint is simply that the bands guitar tone is just too weak for my own personal taste.

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