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Crew, crew, crew, crew

Thank God for competent, selfless crew members, without whom we would be lost, late, electrified, mostly deaf, unorganized, malnourished, and many, many worse potential pitfall-ish outcomes (albino scorpions). I believe I’ve mentioned some of the Mutemath crew here and there in various posts, but I wanted to give them a proper written thank you and actually name them all.  Now there’s actually a video here of many of the guys’ roles, but there are more.  Below are the road warriors that have spent time in the trenches with us (since I joined in 2011).

Nate Lampa– stage manager, backline tech, fixer of stuff, healthman, lb 4 lb the best stage tech in the US of A.  Scott Cannon– tour manager, front of house mixer, solver of schedules, celebrity lookalike.  Steve Chant– tour manager, front of house mixer, ping pong hustler, language expert.  Dan Schultz– lighting fancifier, bachelor, hair grower, party compass.  Darien Koop– production manager, lighting dancer, biggest biker calves on tour, enforcer.  Nate Dreger– monitor engineer, drumset repairman, responsible, blonde.  Ronnie Lee Booth III– merch, stage manager, mr. manners, lover of all things sugary.  Eric Brown– merch, human snuggie, proud father, photographer.  Kevin Kookogey– manager, boss man, author, family man.  Jordan Mattison– hunk, all things hunk related.  Brian Morris– lighting tech, wearer of beards, ghost bgv singer, cannot tell a lie.

Honestly though, all of these guys should have an “etc.” by their descriptions because they all do above and beyond their normal job description.  We are supremely blessed with such talented and hardworking folk that believe in what we do.  Thanks so much fellas.  We love you.

-TG

 

Odd Soul Tour 2012

Hi friends.  We’re halfway through our Odd Soul 2012 tour and are taking a much needed week off to re-calibrate our machines and our muscles.  For the more animated ones (Darren, Paul, Darien “Disco Ball” Koop) it may require more than just a week, but that’s all we’re alloted this time.

The production rehearsals were really exciting pre-tour.  For many of us involved, it was our first time seeing any 3d video mapping, let alone so close-up and on such a big structure.  The technology is simply mesmerizing.  Most aspects of this tour have been well documented, so I’d be hard pressed to tell you about anything you couldn’t find on your own, but just in case- there’s a great behind the scenes video here that gives credit where it’s due.

As for the actual shows and touring, they’ve been exhilarating to say the least.  The crowds, night after night, have brought such an infectious energy to the venues, that it starts to feel like we can do no wrong.  A great example happened just in our most recent show in Minneapolis at First Ave, where only the third song into the set and around the second verse (of Blood Pressure) we lost power to the majority of the amplification, but more importantly to Paul’s mic.  So, still having our personal amps on, and of course the drums, we just kept playing through the song anyway and the crowd cranked up their collective vocal chords and sung the rest of the song for us- probably as loud as I’ve heard a crowd that size get for just impromptu singing.

Other mishaps inevitably have happened, like: the rhodes collapsing shortly after Paul stood on it, Darren stabbing himself in the eye with a broken drumstick (yes, accidentally), knobs of pedals breaking right off in my fingers, calling B3 repairmen every four days, and the temporary failure of just about every piece of gear at least once, and of each facet of the drums- at least three times.  Actually I was recently thinking to myself that it often feels like we’re professional troubleshooters first, and musicians second.  That being said, we’d be seriously screwed without our invaluable crew, who I’ve mentioned before.  Because even if we can diagnose the issue, they are usually the ones with the know-how and tools to actually fix said problem.  They are forever watching over us: (proof)…

Yes that’s right, that is Mr. Nate Lampa looming in the kick drum reflection.

Overall, I think most, if not all of us are having some of our favorite tour experiences to date this past month.  Of course it’s many different areas that can lead to this satisfaction, but ultimately it always comes down to the music.  This latest grouping of songs, which includes every track from Odd Soul, is consistently just really fun to play.

That’s about all I feel like recapping at the moment, but I’ll leave you with some of my favorite photos from the tour, which include much confetti, phantom drumsticks, honey i shrunk the Meany, and lots of jumping.  I just found most of these online, so thanks to all the great photographers out there.  And if you want even more behind the scenes pics, feel free to follow me on instagram under the name ‘grandepic’.

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

thanks for reading

-Gman

The LMNOPs

If you’re reading this and you have kids, or if you have nieces or nephews, or if you spend the holidays with little tikes running around at some point, or even if you’re basically just an adult child, then keep reading.  I think that’ll include at least ninety percent of everybody who comes here.

I recently finished a kids album called The LMNOPs, and you should ALL buy several copies for you and your loved ones.  Even if it won’t arrive in time for Christmas, you can buy the digital copy, and just promise the kids that the physical copy is coming in the mail.  Check out the whole album here: http://thelmnops.bandcamp.com/

OR at the very least, you can check out our first music video on vimeo or youtube:

The Alphabet Song by The LMNOPs

I had a really great time making the tunes with Zach, lead singer of Cornbelt Chorus, which is a local band I’ve been in for years.  He writes and sings most of the material, and I arrange and play most of the music on it.  My awesome artistic wife Laura made all the visuals for the artwork.  We have more songs on the way, so if you dig it, you can expect more in the future.  Also a big thanks to Brandon Goodwin for making the video for us- he’s done several MM vids among tons of other awesome videos.

Merry Christmas from The LMNOPs!

Kimmel / Leno

We had a really great time playing Kimmel and Leno recently.  The hardest part of Kimmel was figuring out how to get all the cameras attached to us in a way that didn’t impede our playing movements too much.  Mine wasn’t too bad, but apparently Darren’s was digging into his skull the whole five songs. (We played four more songs just for the crowd after the cameras stopped.)  One great moment was at the very end of Allies- right after the last note, I kicked a beach ball good and hard, and my shoe flew right along with it.  The man in the front row saved me though, catching it cleanly and tossing it back like a center fielder taking a routine fly ball.  Thanks shoe-catcher, wherever you are.  Here’s the link to that video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DO5PFRiypNs

Both Jimmy Kimmel and Jay Leno were very pleasant hosts to us, as were all the staffers.  I can’t really pick a favorite experience though, because on Kimmel you get the huge outdoor stage, with a real live standing crowd, and then on Leno we all got our pictures with Miss Piggy!  So, I guess we’ll call it a draw.

-Tag

 

 

Odd Soul Introduction Tour

Well, our intro tour was ‘great success!’  And much good came along with our 30+ shows.  We figured out how to fit more GPSi (gear per square-inch) onto some very, lets say, cozy stages.  Quite a few nights found people jammed in so tight that they were less than a foot from me, and just as close on sidestage to my right.  I came much too close to whacking several folks with my headstock.  And it was kind of an honor system of me trusting the lovely fans not to fiddle with my pedals, which they were more or less on top of.  (I only remember one over-zealous fan getting carried away at one point, and trying to help me create crazy delay sounds by turning a few dials.)  It actually worked out to my advantage numerous times, when I would get assistance from them fixing my setlist or untangling a cord or two, so thanks to those helpful folks.  I know that at several shows, Paul accidentally crowd surfed, just because he started to lose his balance and fall, and so the crowd just swept him right off his feet and gave him the most graceful alternative possible to falling down.  So a huge thanks to all the wonderful crowds that came out and made our first Odd Soul tour a very satisfying one.

Other positives?  I learned how valuable our awesome crew is.  Totally saving us from danger, harm, embarrassment and any other pitfalls lurking at shows.  Seriously, they really are amazing at what they do and we couldn’t function the same without them.  The seductive hammond from the 1940s really tried hard to kill Paul, and me as well, numerous times through strong electric currents which feel like lightning bolts and leave you painfully confused and bewildered.  Between Nate taping up all metal on the organ, and specialists in several towns working on it, we eventually minimized the danger.

And I had ample time to learn the basics of my first iphone this tour, which will hopefully allow me to be able to blog a little more often.  In the meantime for those of you that are hooked on Instagram, feel free to follow me (grandepic) since many of my posts are often band related.  But I’ll still put a few pics here for kicks.  My favorite detail is from the Rolling Stone Japan shoot, where the writers didn’t even attempt my last name.  Or maybe in that country I’m just known simply as “Todd.”