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Interview:
Mute Math Enjoying Un"Typical" Success
 

By GARY GRAFF
Of the Oakland Press

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Mute Math’s path has been anything but “Typical.”

The modern rockers from New Orleans released their self-titled debut album, independently, in early 2006. It was eventually picked up by Warner Bros. Records, but it wasn’t until 16 months later, thanks to the inventive backwards video for the single “Typical,” that the world began to pay attention.

Since then, however, the clip has been viewed more than a million times online, and Mute Math has found its popularity escalating in turn.

“I knew there was something special about that song,” says frontman Paul Meany, who formed the band with drummer Darren King after both worked in the Christian band Earthsuit. “But you have to realize, that was the first song that Darren and myself wrote when we started doing this Mute Math thing as just a side project.

“ ‘Typical’ ended up being the very last song we added to this record. It wasn’t going to be on it, and at the last minute, Greg (Hill) came up with a guitar riff that facelifted the whole song and brought a new angle to it. It felt like the right opening track for the record, and we were just gonna see what happened.”

Besides the Internet and radio action, “Typical” also received a forum on the most recent season of “American Idol,” when finalist Chris Sligh performed it on one of the shows. Mute Math has recreated the video live, just one, for a September performance on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live!,” but Meany says the group isn’t planning to make that a regular part of its shows.

“There’s been a few requests, but it’s always been underlined with some laughs, so we don’t take it like they really expect it,” notes Meany, who’s been living in Nashville since Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans in 2005 but plans to return to the Crescent City soon.

“So the shows are all forward — no one needs to worry about that. When we did it backwards (on ‘Kimmel’), the studio audience there was extremely confused, and it was very hard to follow what was going on. It’s just not as fun to watch it all as it’s happening as opposed to when it’s flipped around properly. So we spare people the torture.”



Mute Math and Eisley perform at 8 p.m. Saturday (Oct. 13) at St. Andrew’s Hall, 431 E. Congress St., downtown Detroit. Tickets are $15. Call (313) 961-6358 or visit www.livenation.com.

Web Site: www.livenation.com

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