Do you ever have one of those nights where everything comes together in spite of adversity? I got up Tuesday morning knowing the day I had been waiting for over a month was finally here, the Mute Math Album Release show. I remember checking the twitter constantly for updates after the initial tour dates came out because I was not sure if the NOLA show would be invite-only or something. Then the tickets went on sale and I bought 4 as soon as I could….then I waited.
I finished up stuff at work Tuesday evening and headed downtown. I met up with the girl in the parking garage, and we walked over to the HOB box office so I could leave two tickets for my friend Vince who bought the tickets of the two people who were late scratches. It had started to lightly rain as we walked over, and after we finished up at the box office, it started to POUR DOWN RAIN. We tried to find shelter in a doorway, and it helped a little bit. I thought for sure the heavy rain wouldn’t last more than a few minutes. We people watched the tourists who bought ponchos with fleur-di-lis on them and the kids going to the show who thought they were cool by being completely soaked. A few minutes turned into 20, which turned into 30, which turned into 40. At 7:52 I remember looking at my phone and saying “okay, at 7:55 we need to just make a run for it.” Not one minute later Crispin, the leader of the new Bible study I’m going to, runs by and I yelled out to him. Then a couple of minutes later my friend Chet and his wife and another friend run by as they make it to the box office. They all came wandering back to the doorway where we exchanged greetings. Crispin didn’t have a ticket, and the show was sold out, so we wished him luck and all headed inside.
The inside was PACKED. I haven’t seen the HOB packed many times, and the handful I have, I’ve gotten there earlier and had a better spot. We checked out the merch upstairs then tried to find a spot downstairs. We found a spot on the far left side next to the bar. While we’re standing there, I spotted Vince. They joined our group, and we were all together, not one extra phone call or text to gather everyone. As cool as it was, the group did not stay together. I stayed downstairs, while Chet and Vince went upstairs before the show started. Once the show started, sight lines improved, so it was halfway decent for a sold out show.
Mute Math came out to a hero’s welcome. The place was crammed with people, and I felt claustrophobic just looking at the floor section, so I was thankful I had breathing room where I was. They led off with The Nerve, and then briefly joked about how now they have old songs and new songs. The new song highlights were definitely Burden and Clipping. They both were incredible in a live setting I thought. The other new songs like Spotlight were great too, but a couple of songs like Backfire I was not feeling that great about. Of course they played a bunch of old songs mixed in, like Plan B, Typical, and Noticed. They played the title track of the new record as the main set closer, AND brought out the Rebirth Brass Band who played on the track. Having a brass band along with Mute Math was cool, but they kind of drowned out Paul singing at times.
The encore though was where I thought they went above and beyond….maybe because I’m partial to the songs anyway. They did Reset, which people had been chanting for, then segwayed into Break The Same. The first time I saw MM headline was before they had their first album, so Break The Same was something I had never heard before. I still love that song. When they started with “we have one more song for you” and started Reset, I was a little sad that Break The Same wouldn’t be played, how could they not play it? The transition though was great, and they closed strong with one of my favorites.
After the show I turned around to walk upstairs to pick up a copy of the new record on vinyl when I saw Crispin. He had made it in via a sound guy he knew. Awesome. I saw Chet after the show too. We all had a great time. I told Chet before the show how cool it is that every MM show has a group of us go. It just makes it that much more special when you can go to a show with great friends. I made it back home before midnight, crashed for sleep around 2:30 and woke up again at 5:30. Macca tonight.