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Interview:
Mutemath Survived Struggle For Second Album
 

By GARY GRAFF
Of the Oakland Press

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Mutemath was not only happy to put out its second full-length album, “Armistice,” last month. It’s happy there was an album at all.

Paul Meany, who co-founded the electronic-flavored rock group six years ago in New Orleans, acknowledges that there were some rough patches leading up to “Armistice” and time when the band’s very existence seemed to be in jeopardy.

“For the first time, we found ourselves in a place we couldn’t agree on everything,” Meany, 33, explains. “In the past, we’ve always been able to get to some happy compromise, and we bettered each of our own ideas. But this time, everyone was feeling like that (process) was convoluting things.

“So as a band we were getting frustrated with beating our heads against the wall, trying to figure out what’s best for our record. It was definitely the most painful music-making experience I’ve ever had.”

Meany says Mutemath was put back on track by producer Dennis Herring, who convinced the quartet to “let go of the stuff that was causing problems” and go back the drawing board with a more collective and cooperative spirit.

“We had to shut up,” Meany notes. “We just couldn’t talk good music into happening; we had to shut up and just play it. It was a hard pill to swallow ’cause we had invested so much time and energy into what we thought was going to be the record, but we immediately became more productive.

“So we finally got there. It took a little longer than I’d hoped, but we got there.”

Mutemath performs at 7:30 p.m. Sunday (Sept. 27) at Clutch Cargo’s, 65 E. Huron St., Pontiac. Tickets are $22 with a $72 four-pack. Call (248) 333-2362 or visit www.livenation.com.

Web Site: www.livenation.com

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