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Mutemath ramps up a really big show

for Journal Register Newspapers

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With a hard-hitting new album, "Odd Soul," to promote, New Orleans electro-rockers Mutemath have one goal on stage these days -- "To be as entertaining as possible," according to frontman Paul Meany.

"We've certainly raised the stakes to what we normally do in a show," notes Meany, 35, who put Mutemath together in 2002. "We've made everything bolder; aside from the musical nuances we pushed, we've certainly pushed a lot of visual nuances to go with them -- doing things with video projection and stuff like that so there's a nice visual dynamic to the show.

"I think the overall concept of the show is really to try to turn the venue more into the stage and blur that barrier between there the stage is and where the audience is. It's been really fun so far."

Meany says he and his bandmates actually had that kind of live presentation in mind when they set out to make "Odd Soul," Mutemath's third full album and its most direct and rocking so far.

"The main thing that influenced us was the picture of the show we're doing now," he says. "We chased that a lot as we were writing the songs and erred on the side of, 'What would we do in our show every night?'

"I felt like we had learned a lot about our band, so we just really wanted to make a collection of songs that just went for the jugular night after night. The show is kind of the bread and butter of this band since we started, really; it feels in a lot of ways like we record the music to have an excuse to play shows."

Mutemath and Canon Blue perform Friday, March 2, at Saint Andrews Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $28. Call 313-961-8137 or visit www.livenation.com.

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