April 03, 2013

Mutts: Object Permanence

When loud bands go acoustic, they run the risk of losing momentum and alienating their fan base. Chicago heavy organ rock trio Mutts rolled the dice and have won big with their third full-length Object Permanence, the unplugged part of their double album project (the electric counterpart Separation Anxiety was released last year).

With the hoarse growl of vocalist Mike Maimone leading the way, Mutts have turned into a rawk lounge act. The anger is still there and bass player Rob Buckstaff plays the shit out his upright, with just a hint of rockabilly and swing. Drummer Chris Pagnani has a change to show off his jazz chops. To use an old musos fave: all killer, no filler. Recommended if you like Nick Cave and Tom Waits.

Rob Buckstaff: upright bass
Mike Maimone: piano, B3 Organ, vocals
Chris Pagnani: drums, percussion

Mutts: Object Permanence

Object Permanence is a self-released album. Buy it (colored vinyl, CD) from the band's website. The digital version is pay-what-you-want for one week only.

  1. No One Left
  2. No Loot
  3. Pickpocket
  4. If It's Hot It'll Sell
  5. Prizefighter
  6. Out of Tune
  7. Pray Like a Vigilante
  8. Stuck On Me
  9. What Do I Really Know
  10. Bury You
  11. Uncivilized

Live dates:
  • 04/04 Hideout, Chicago, IL
  • 04/06 Mad Planet, Milwaukee, WI
  • 04/12 The Southgate House Revival, Newport, KY
  • 04/18 Reggie's Music Joint, Chicago, IL
  • 04/19 The Shop, Davenport, IA
  • 04/20 Bradley University, Peoria, IL
  • 04/25 Uw Whitewater, Whitewater, WI
  • 04/27 Lawrence University, Appleton, WI
  • 05/01 Stonefly Brewery, Milwaukee, WI
  • 05/02 Glass Nickel Pizza Company, Oshkosh, WI
  • 05/03 Women's Federated Clubhouse, Marquette, MI
  • 05/04 The Polack Inn, Wausau, WI
  • 05/09 Mike & Molly's, Champaign, IL
  • 05/10 Hoosier Dome, Indianapolis, IN
  • 05/11 Kafe Kerouac, Columbus, OH
  • 05/13 Clinton’s Tavern, Toronto, ON, Canada
  • 05/16 The Darkhorse Tavern, State College, PA
  • 05/17 The Smiling Moose Upstairs, Pittsburgh, PA
  • 05/18 Annabell's, Akron, OH
  • 05/19 Royal Oaks Bar and Grill, Youngstown, OH
  • 05/20 Southgate House, Newport, KY
  • 05/21 The Five Spot, Nashville, TN
  • 05/22 Zazoo's Bar and Grill, Louisville, KY
  • 05/23 Be Here Now, Muncie, IN

» wearemutts.com

HCTF review of Separation Anxiety.

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