Stateside Presents

MUTEMATH - PLAY DEAD LIVE

MUTEMATH - PLAY DEAD LIVE

COLONY HOUSE, ROMES

Tue, October 10, 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

The Van Buren

Phoenix, AZ

$25.00 - $45.00

This event is all ages

MUTEMATH
MUTEMATH
Mutemath or energetically stylized as MUTEMATH on artwork, initially named MATH, were officially formed in 2003 after Paul Meany and Darren King spent two years collaborating and sharing ideas on various pieces they were working on. The pair recruited Greg Hill and Roy Mitchell-Cárdenas to help record a demo in New Orleans, and Meany took the resulting tracks to friend and producer Tedd T. Between the two of them, it was decided to set up an independent label through which Mutemath could release their material, and so Teleprompt Records was born.

Mutemath's sound is, in some ways, an extension of that of Earthsuit's, since all the Mutemath members (apart from Greg Hill) were members of that group. Though they only ever released one full-length commercial album, Earthsuit mixed genres such as rock, reggae, funk, jazz and electronica. Mutemath take this blend a step further and aim for a more experimental and atmospheric sound, with fans dubbing their style as electro-alt rock, incorporating a strong rhymthic component, as well as featuring Meany's infamous keytar and a home-made theremin-inspired guitar. The band has been quoted as saying that they do not write with any conscious thought of how their music will translate to the stage, however, this hasn't stopped Mutemath's live shows becoming renowned for their energy and live improvisation.

In April 2011, the band announced on their website that Greg Hill left the band in October 2010.
COLONY HOUSE
COLONY HOUSE
In a relatively brief span of time, Colony House has emerged as a vibrant creative force,
as well as a beloved fan favorite with a passionate, fiercely loyal fan base. That
audience is likely to expand substantially with the release of When I Was Younger, the
Nashville, TN trio's first full-length album, whose 14 compelling original tunes fulfill the
abundant promise of the band's three widely-acclaimed, self-released EPs.
It's not surprising that Colony House has struck a resonant chord with listeners. The
threesome maintains a balance of craft and immediacy that reflects its affinity for the
sound of such alt-rock outfits as Interpol and The Killers, while echoing the influence of
such alternative icons as U2 and New Order. They've assimilated their multiple
influences in a manner that's wholly distinctive, adding tight harmonies, strong
instrumental chops and a keen melodic sensibility that's all their own.
Lead singer, guitarist and principal songwriter Caleb Chapman writes effortlessly
infectious tunes that resonate with personal experience and emotional authority. The
songs' messages of faith, hope and perseverance are matched by the organic musical
rapport of Caleb and his bandmates, brother Will Chapman on drums and Scott Mills on
lead guitar and harmony vocals.
"The songs I write have always come from deep places, whether they're deep places of
joy or deep places of hurt, and it can be hard inviting people into those places with you,"
Caleb states.
That openhearted attitude is reflected throughout When I Was Younger, both in Caleb's
expressive vocals and in the band's vivid performances of such personally-charged
tunes as "Silhouettes," "Second Guessing Games," "Keep On Keeping On," "Waiting
for My Time to Come" and "Won't Give Up," which exemplify the combination of sharp
lyrical insight and indelible melodic craft that makes Colony House special.
As When I Was Younger demonstrates, much of Colony House's appeal lies in the three
bandmates' powerful rapport, which extends into every aspect of their lives—and which
has defined their approach towards the music.
"Our musical and personal chemistry goes hand in hand," Caleb affirms. "The three of
us are best friends, which means that at any given moment we are each other's worst
enemies as well. Being in a band is like being in a marriage—it's a constant reminder of
your own pride, and a reminder that you have to be willing to sacrifice in order for it to
be successful. We've made a conscious effort to build the foundation of the band on
our friendship, and then letting that spill over into our creative relationship."
As the sons of Contemporary Christian pop superstar Steven Curtis Chapman, Caleb
and Will Chapman have been steeped in music for their entire lives. They began
making music together in early childhood, playing with their dad as well as their own
combos. In 2009 they joined forces with Scott Mills, who they'd met through a cousin.
Although initially known collectively as Caleb, the trio rechristened themselves Colony
House in 2013, borrowing the name of an apartment complex in their hometown of
Franklin, where Will and Scott as well as Caleb's future wife had all lived prior to the
band's formation.
The new combo quickly began to win attention, bringing its charismatic live shows to
fans via diligent touring, while earning critical raves with a series of acclaimed EPs:
Colony House, Trouble and To the Ends of the World. Along the way, the band
members found time to pursue other musical adventures, with Caleb collaborating with
Will's wife, singer Jillian Edwards, as the In-Laws, and Will moonlighting playing drums
on tour with noted indie combo Ivan and Alyosha.
But Colony House remains the focus of their musical lives, as When I Was Younger
makes clear. "We labored on the album for a long time," Caleb notes. "We began
recording it in September 2012 and finished it in July 2013. We had our dear friends
Joe Causey and Ben Shive co-produce it, which made it a very special experience.
They knew that this was our first full-length project, and I think that they felt the
responsibility to help us tell our story the right way.
"Creating this record had such a strong set of contrasting emotions: joy, hope,
frustration, sorrow, uncertainty, confidence," he continues.
"These songs are questions that I have been wrestling with for months, sometimes
years," Caleb asserts. "They're stories I had been trying to write in the dim light of my
100-square-foot room long before they were ever brought to life in a studio. We created
the album conceptually, trying to keep in mind the rules of telling a story. There must be
a dramatic arc, a beginning, a middle and an end. So in that way, every song is a piece
of the equation. The front half of the album is a bit more lighthearted and fun, and then
the back half gets a bit heavier. And the last third, starting with 'Won't Give Up,' is very
important to us."
Perhaps the most startling aspect of When I Was Younger is the band's forthrightness in
addressing some deeply personal, emotionally raw issues, most notably the accidental
death of Caleb and Will's 5-year-old adoptive sister Maria Sue in 2008. That tragedy is
addressed on several of the album's songs, including “Keep On Keeping On” and
“Won’t Give Up,” underlining the songs' recurring themes of faith and family.
"It has been a difficult thing to do, sharing your family tragedy when telling your story or
singing your songs," Caleb states. "But I think that it's important to tell. Everyone has a
story of pain, of heartbreak, of a letdown or failure, and that is a thread that ties us all
together—the ones on stage and the ones in the crowd. We were dealt a painful hand,
but it's what has bound us together so tightly. We want to create honest art, and this is
the most important thing that has happened in our lives, so it would be a hard thing to
leave out of our story."
That heart-on-sleeve honesty is just one of the qualities that make Colony House a
special band, and make When I Was Younger such a remarkable musical statement.
"We believe that we have a story to tell—a story of hope and perseverance—and that's
what we want to leave people with," Caleb concludes. "We are not in the business of
writing tragedies. We have experienced tragedy, but we've also seen hope triumph.
Our faith is woven throughout everything we do musically, just as it's woven into the
foundation of our lives."
Venue Information:
The Van Buren
401 W. Van Buren St.
Phoenix, AZ, 85003
http://thevanburenphx.com/