MuteMonth One: On the Job Training

“So Todd, I know you haven’t played a show with us yet, but for starters is it okay if we fly you 15 hours to Japan and put you in front of a crowd about yay big, with no soundcheck, and maybe have Paul come inches from ninja-kicking you in the head?”

“Uhhhhhh, yeah…..sure. I could probably do that.”

It’s been seriously hectic these first few weeks as new guitar guy. And it’s not even like we’re playing shows every night, but somehow I’ve still found myself exhausted numerous times. These are some highlights (with some illustrations):
—Toward end of practices- accidentally fell face down in a rainy, puddle-ridden gravel lot (cuts and bruises)—- darren and roy said it looked like a penguin dive.
—Tulsa storm destroys our stage as we’re starting show (which I posted earlier)
—Amazing first shows in Tokyo/Osaka @ Summer Sonic

—Did some deep thinking here…

—Ate the most painful ramen noodles (click the pic bigger)…

—Time travelled back to the U.S. (left right after eating lunch in Japan, arrived 12 hours later to L.A. just in time to eat lunch on the same day)
—Played to a slammin crowd @ The Troubadour…..(while Paul BLEW my mind on the rhodes)

—Got pizza on hollywood blvd, and while carrying leftovers back to hotel, had THREE completely separate guys on different blocks ask me if they could have a slice. The last guy offered to rap freestyle for a slice. SOMEONE please order that street some pizzas!! Hollywood Blvd is hungry
—Stayed up outside all night shooting a music video for blood pressure- until the sun actually came up- which you’ll prob notice in the video when it’s released.
—While sprinting back and forth in said music video shoot- tried sprinting backwards while holding my guitar and proceeded to fall, completely laid out, backwards onto the pavement right in front of Paul and the main camera, which was still rolling. I held the guitar up in the air the whole fall, and kept the it and my precious noggin from hitting the ground. Popped right back up, and did some more sprints. What’s a few bloody cuts and a sprained wrist in exchange for a sweet music vid?
—Rocked with a really fun audience at the lovely Saenger Theatre in Mobile, AL. Then this happened….

If you can’t tell- I got on my knees to get to his level, and he promptly one-upped me by dropping to HIS knees. Touche little man. And +1up for the stylish ear protection.
—Got to come home for a day and a half break to relax, and write this, and now it’s off to the Mercury Lounge in NY. Really looking forward to playing more shows, and trying to get hurt less often. I hope this post finds you well and in a pleasant surfing mood. Thanks for reading,


8 thoughts on “MuteMonth One: On the Job Training

  1. Jeremy Edmonds

    Dude, welcome to the Mutemath family. Let me just say, you guys killed it last week at the Mercury Lounge. Never would have guessed it was your fifth live show with Mutemath. I think you fit right in. You did a pretty good job staying true to the sound Greg established on earlier material. Were you with them in the studio or was it all them? I wish the set was longer! GRRRRR!!!! I was right up front in front of Darren with my wife and sister-in-law. I had 5 other people that wanted to come but we couldn’t get them tickets. A couple of them will be seeing you in Hartford next month. I won’t be there because i’ll be out of state for my anniversary (so we are extra happy NYC happened!). I read on Huff Post that you guys are doing a full arena size tour after the intro tour???? DETAILS PLEASE!!!! I will do everything I can to bring a whole crew as big as possible. Also, I’m curious. When you say “I’m officially the guitarist for Mutemath” are you now a touring member or a “full” member now and will like be on pictures and liner notes etc. here on out? πŸ™‚
    I’m curious to get to know more about ya. How did you know the guys, how did you get connected to replace Greg, did you know Greg, where are you from, etc.? Give us some background. I’m going to go check out your solo stuff.
    Any opinions on the Epiphone Master Series Del-Rey? And that’s awesome you use the Ibanez Delay. Greg opened my eyes to it after a show in NYC about 4 years ago. Very cool.
    Again, way to slay it and welcome to the tribe! MM FOREVER!!!!!

    Oh and before I forget, the way you guys entered the NYC show (the mini ragtime parade) was SICK! Very top notch.

  2. Kyoko

    Hi, Todd
    Looking forward to reading your blogs.
    Cute little guitarist! He’s lovely support.
    How was the new video? Did you enjoy?
    I am looking forward to your club tour in Japan in November!! I can’t wait!!
    I also like ramen! There are a lot of nice and delicious meals in Japan. Please enjoy your next visit.
    Have a nice weekend. Thanks so much :))

    1. Todd Gummerman Post author

      Hi Kyoko, thanks! I’m glad you found my page! I’m not sure, but I think you may be referring to the teddybear drawings someone made of us- they’re awesome! So much personality in them! The shooting of Blood Pressure was really a lot of fun. It’s nice to knock it all out in one night and leave the rest to the computer magicians, i.e. darren. We’re definitely gonna have an awesome blooper reel, if nothing else.
      We love Japan, and especially the amazing people there. We’re really excited to get to play for you again soon, and of course to have some more proper ramen noodles, instead of the subpar stuff in our wal-mart.
      Take care! -Todd G

      1. Kyoko

        Hello Todd. Thank you for reply! Yes, it’s me!! I sent you a letter with teddybear drawing. I’m glad that you received my letter and remember it! I couldn’t be happier!!
        I am looking forward to watching new video! I want to also watch an awesome blooper reel πŸ™‚
        I bought a ticket for your Japan tour, yesterday. I’ll see you in Osaka, Nagoya, Tokyo! See you soon. Much love!

  3. David Roediger

    Just wanted to say that the show in Seattle was awesome! My wife and I flew down from Alaska to see you guys (and some friends), to find out later that you’ll be here in Alaska in April! We are super stoked to see you guys again. On another note, if I’m able to work the show (I’m an audio engineer with the production rental company), will you PLEASE show me how your doing that oscillating filter thing during “Break The Same”?

    1. Todd Gummerman Post author

      Hey David- we’re really looking forward to Alaska, which is only about two weeks away now! And yes- I’d be happy to show you the delay configuration at the end. If you end up not being able to make it, just email me again, and I’ll just describe it that way.


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