When the innovative but perhaps-too-unique band Earthsuit failed, Paul Meany did some real soul-searching, wondering what to do next. The answer: MuteMath.
MuteMath featuring Paul Meany (vocals, bass, Rhodes), Darren King (drums, samples, programming), and Greg Hill (guitars)—embraces a songwriting style that combines with familiar innovation to provide a new take on a classic sound.
The band made its commercial debut with Reset (2004), a 7-track EP that sets the tone for a fresh look at rock music. The keyboard and guitar-driven "Control" leads Reset with a mix of emotions that peak in its explosive double-chorus. Hauntingly addictive, "Control" utilizes various dynamics that interchange between delicate melodies and raw execution. The song, which is essentially a cry for freedom from control issues and over-thinking, delivers diversity without losing focus. The band sold over 30,000 copies of Reset EP before the album went out of print in 2006.
In January 2006, the band set out on a tour in support of their self-titled debut album. It was independently released in response to Warner Music Group's decision to distribute and promote MuteMath primarily to Christian retailers through its Christian label Word Records, a breach of the contract that was forged with Teleprompt preceding the release of Reset EP. After months of legal wrangling with parent label Warner Bros. Records regarding marketing and representation, Teleprompt settled litigation out of court in August 2006 with a re-negotiated contract with Warner.
WBR re-released the band's debut album MuteMath on September 26, 2006. The fully remastered album features reworked tracks from their Reset EP and a bonus limited-edition live EP. The album debuted at #17 on Billboard's Top Heatseekers chart.
Flesh And Bones Electric Fun, an exclusive live DVD was released on March 20, 2007.
MuteMath's first music video, for "Typical", premiered on YouTube on March 21, 2007. The video was directed by Israel Anthem and features the band performing the song backwards. The video made it on the New York Post Hot List and registered more than 100,000 views in less than four days. It took three weeks for MuteMath to learn their parts backwards. When asked whether singing backwards or drumming backwards was more difficult, Paul Meany answered, "Darren had it the hardest."
"Typical" was also released as MuteMath's first radio single on April 10, 2007. As of late June, the single started receiving major airplay in Modern Rock and is quickly rising up the Mediabase Alternative chart jumping from #115 to #65 and was also the second most added song on Alternative stations the week of June 13, 2007. The single then jumped to #36 the first week of August 2007, a position it held for six weeks before it moved to a peak position to #35.
The group has completed the writing and recording of their second full length record in their home studios in Nashville and New Orleans . The album, entitled Armistice, will be released in the United States on Teleprompt Records/Warner Bros. Records on August 18, 2009.
The group released "Spotlight" on the motion picture soundtrack for the movie Twilight in November 2008 to favorable reviews. The song was the first single from Armistice and was released digitally February 10, 2009 on Spotlight EP which included B side tracks and a remix of the song by Son Lux. The single reached #1 on the Billboard Hot Singles chart the week of February 28, 2008 and kept the spot for two consecutive weeks.