Last Wednesday Mutemath put on a show at the Music Farm with opening acts Romes and Colony House. Prior to attending this concert I knew nothing about Mutemath. However, I had heard nothing but positive things about their music — a mixture of soulful psychedelic alt-pop and electronic synthesizers — so when the opportunity to attend one of their concerts presented itself I gladly took it.
Romes opened first and immediately lit up the crowd with their spunky energy and upbeat disco-influenced music. Their performance put a smile on my face that stayed until their set was over. They only played four or five songs, but every single one captivated the crowd and had the whole room dancing and moving to the synthesized soul pop. It’s hard to pick a favorite song from their set, but “Spend the Night” was a fun little number with a 70’s vibe to it that I haven’t been able to stop listening to since the show. Aside from sounding great the band also looked great. They had a powerful stage presence and a prismatic light show to accompany their performance.
Colony House was phenomenal. I wish they were the headliner of the night because I would have loved to hear more from them. Their indie folk sound is one that I usually don’t take well to, but in this band’s case I loved it. Lead singer Caleb Chapman was both an incredible singer and performer. He kept the crowd entertained and engaged without overdoing it. The entire band had an undeniably “cool” energy about them that was both intriguing and refreshing. Their stage setup was a simple four-person rock arrangement that didn’t distract from their music. I loved just about every song they played, but “You & I” and “Moving Forward” were two that I especially loved. Colony House gave an inspiring performance of “Moving Forward,” an impelling acoustic ballad. The band’s artistic diversity was evident with their set, which included songs that were fun and upbeat alongside slower songs with a little more depth and emotion behind them. Needless to say, I will definitely be at the next Colony House show that comes to town.
Now onto what I really came here for: Mutemath stepped out onto stage and the crowd went wild with excitement. The band — as well as the stage and everything on it — was decked out in all white, creating a blank canvas for the lights and projectors to paint on. Every song had its own little light show to go with it, which was just as amazing as the music that accompanied it. Lead singer Paul Meany was incredibly fun to watch as he moved from instrument to instrument and danced across the stage with pure joy. This entire concert felt like a dream. Songs like “Hit Parade” put me in a magical, electronic trance that I did not want to end. The crowd never stopped jumping around the room and grooving to every song. It was almost like Mutemath put a spell on the entire room and you couldn’t help but dance and be happy. Towards the end of the show, Paul Meany pulled out a funky sounding synthesizer instrument, or what the band referred to as an “Atari,” and jumped into the crowd, allowing everyone to get their hands on it and play a key or two. The band came back out for an encore to play “Typical,” a hit song from their first album which the crowd especially enjoyed. The concert ended with the band tossing out guitar picks and drumsticks while eager fans tried to get their hands on any piece of memorabilia that they could. Mutemath put on an enchanting live performance that I enjoyed, to say the least. I was sad to see them go, but I left the Music Farm feeling satisfied and excited to have found several new bands that I will definitely be adding to my playlists.