So this has been brewing for many months now, but I’m proud to say that I’m officially the new guitarist for MUTEMATH. It’s an awesome time to join them, for many reasons of course, but especially because their newest album, Odd Soul, is some of my favorite stuff they’ve done to date. And it kicks all kinds of tail, all over the record. We’ve rehearsed for several weeks now, and the new songs have an incredible energy live.
My first show (and their first show with the new material) was supposed to be in Tulsa, Ok for a festival with The Flaming lips just a few days ago, but right before we finished our soundcheck, literally just a few minutes before we kicked it off, a crazy thunder/hail/sideways rain/g-force wind storm sprung up on us and pretty much destroyed the stage, along with a bunch of The Flaming Lips gear, including a massive video/lighting rig (which crushed a fence as it fell). There are several vivid videos on youtube documenting the crazy….
Us setting up while the roof blows away:
—-that huge metal tower to my right completely blew over just a few mintues after this video was shot- i was right next to it.
And then this (skip to 2:00):
Needless to say the show was cancelled.
So instead my first show with them looks to be in Tokyo/Osaka, Japan for the Summer Sonic festival in just a few days. The rest of the band has been there a handful of times already, but it’s my first time visiting Japan, so I’ve got a lot of newness to take in over the next week.
I’m honored to be playing with them though, and I’ve been beyond impressed by their musical prowess. I’m sure I’ll have plenty of fun updates for you in the near future. For now, here’s a picture of our recent practice space, and one of me getting a little too hyped up and destroying one of darren’s drums.