Ten years ago I saw MuteMath for the first time. Back then they were an opening band playing short set, hoping to gain some recognition. They already had a small following and I had just discovered their music, which I immediately fell in love with, and seeing them live was a completely different experience.
I was a senior in high school. Music was one of the few places I escaped and live music was an addiction of mine. Not only did I love the performance, but the feel of the music vibrating through my body as the base seemed to match my heartbeat is something that can only be experienced.
At the show I saw ten years ago, MuteMath was opening for Matchbox Twenty at the Times Union Center in Albany, NY. Their live performance captured me from the first chord to the last.
And seeing them live is still as great as I remember. In fact, if anything, they’re even better.
Last week I had the opportunity to see them for a second time. Their Vitals Tour made a stop in New York City where they played Terminal 5. I made sure to take full advantage of it. I’ve followed their music, listening to them grow as musicians, but have never had a chance to see them on their own headlining tour until now.
The venue has three floors and from the balcony I could see the energy roll through the crowd like a wave. I, of course, could also not stop myself from taping my foot and dancing. And there was no lost of energy on stage either as the band played a 22 song set. (Not to mention you have to wonder how wild a drummer is going to be when you whiteness him duck taping headphones to his head.)
One of the things that’s great about this band is that they’re interactive with the crowd. Everyone seems to love a good crowd surf and the band’s lead singer, Paul Meany, gave the crowd just that – twice. Once he threw himself into the crowd. Hands rose to catch him before carrying him half way across the sea of people and back toward the stage. The second time was at the end. They brought out something the resembled an air mattress with lights around the outside and lifted it into the crowd. Then, backing up on the stage, he ran and leaped, landing safely on the soft surface. It was then passed across the sea of hands as he continued to sing and attempted to stand.
Then there is their ever talented drummer, Darren King, who not only has a habit of breaking drumsticks, but broke out the light-up gloves. He came down off the stage with four gloves, complete with lights, and handed them to four different people in the audience. He then proceeded to high-five them, keeping the beat, while everyone watched the back of the gloves light up.
The band played a good variety of songs which covered all their albums. Songs like “Monument,” “Stratosphere” and “Light Up” off their most recent album, Monument, along with classics such as “Typical” from their self titled album.
MuteMath destroyed Terminal 5. And I remember watching them doing the same ten years ago at the Times Union Center. If you ever have a chance to see them live, please do so. I’m fairly confident in saying that you won’t regret it. I believe they have only become better with age. I can’t wait to see what this talented group of guys has in store for the future.
Full Set List:
All I See
You Are Mine
Best of Intentions
If you would like to see more photos from the show you may do so by visiting my photo page.