Mute Math is a New Orleans’ rock band formed in 2003. They combine diverse elements like rock, new wave, electro, and psychedelia, with ambient vocals. The group consists of Paul Meany on Rhodes piano, bass, keytar, keyboards, samples, and vocals, Darren King on drums, samples, and programming, Greg Hill on guitars and vocals, and Roy Mitchell-Cárdenas on bass guitar, upright bass, and bass drum.
Mute Math started in 2001 as a long distance collaboration between Paul Meany in New Orleans, LA and Darren King in Springfield, MO. Early on Paul intermittently received instrumental demo CDs from Darren King. Fairly impressed with his efforts, Paul contacted Darren and asked if he could mess with the demos a bit, adding some song ideas of his own. Darren obliged and the two would set in motion a sort of songwriting ping-pong match that would carry on for several months. A few rounds of this led to talks of a possible project, which soon grew to become Mute Math.
With the recruiting of guitarist Greg Hill and bass player Roy Mitchell-Cárdenas, Mute Math worked feverishly in their New Orleans home studio to demo a whole new collection of songs. Creatively ambitious, they dove head first into exploring a new definition for themselves on how a rock band should sound and perform. Finding inspiration in things often considered the antithesis of modern rock music they were determined to carve a unique niche in which to place their songs. The result was a captivating soundscape of experimental rock drenched in irresistible hooks. Paul immediately played the demo for longtime friend and producer Tedd T, who fell in love at first listen. He created a model indie label, Teleprompt Records, where Mute Math could freely operate and begin building a musical momentum.
In January of 2006, the band set out on an exclusive headlining tour to support of their independently released self-titled debut album, after Warner Music Group refused to release the album on the Warner Bros. Records label. The special edition of the album was only available as a «tour only» release until it hit the Internet on Teleprompt’s online store, selling more than 10,000 copies in the first month of its release. Mute Math continued to creep up upon the unsuspecting music scene, landing on the covers of Billboard and Pollstar being featured in Alternative Press, Paste, and Spin as well as on the MTV News program ‘You Hear It First’. The group continued to tour vigorously, playing shows to crowds of thousands at festivals such as Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Van’s Warped Tour, V Festival, CMJ Music Marathon in New York City, and Voodoo Music Experience in their hometown of New Orleans.
After months of legal woes with parent label Warner Bros. Records regarding marketing and representation, Teleprompt settled litigation out of court in August 2006 with a re-negotiated contract with Warner Music Group. For more information about the lawsuit, see Warner Bros. Dispute.“ For us, we just try to keep it simple. We’re obviously a band; that’s really all we ever wanted to be from the very beginning without catering to any particular genre or political or religious agenda or anything. We just want to make music with no barriers. ”
—Paul Meany - Boise Weekly - April 11, 2007
WBR re-released the band’s debut album Mute Math on September 26, 2006. The fully remastered album features reworked tracks from their Reset EP and a bonus limited-edition live EP. The album debuted at #17 on Billboard’s Top Heatseekers chart. The album has sold 70,000 copies to date.
The band returned to the road in early 2007 with opening dates for The Fray and a brief to headlining tour in Europe. Flesh And Bones Electric Fun, an exclusive live DVD was released on March 20, 2007 with an accompanying 43 city North American tour that ran through the first of May.
Cover of the live DVD Flesh and Bones Electric Fun, released March 2007.
The band also received some unexpected publicity on the Fox’s American Idol when contestant Chris Sligh sang «Typical» on the show’s Top 24 episode. Mute Math’s first music video, for «Typical», premiered on YouTube on March 21, 2007. The concept video features the band performing the song backwards. The band simply rehearsed and memorized the performance in reverse. The video made it on the New York Post Hot List and registered more than 100,000 views in less than four days.
«Typical» was also released as Mute Math’s first radio single on April 10, 2007. As of late June, the single started receiving major airplay in Modern Rock and is quickly rising up the Mediabase Alternative chart jumping from #115 to #65 and was also the second most added song on Alternative stations the week of June 13, 2007. The single then jumped to a peak position #51 the second week of July 2007.
The summer is finding the group quite busy as the quartet is expected to make limited North American and various European appearances at various summer festivals this year in order to work on writing and recording material for an early 2008 sophomore LP. The band’s performance at the 2007 Bonnaroo Music Festival was well-received and featured the band smashing the set afterwards. They will play at Summer Festival in Quebec City on july 5th at Le Pigeonnier. They will return to the road with a new club tour in late autumn. The group will be appearing on Transformers: The Album performing the «Transformers Theme» which will be released on July 3, 2007 in conjunction with the upcoming live-action film directed by Michael Bay and will be making a television appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman in July. Mute Math will also be featured on MTV’s Discover and Download program starting in late June through late July and is currently in the running for MTV2 and Virgin Mobile’s Book The Band vote to open for the US Virgin Festival in Baltimore, MD in August. Mute Math will also be performing on the Carling Stage at Reading Festival in August.