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Interview: Mute

interviews-muteWith Remember Death, MUTE released one of the most anticipated skate punk records of the year. Lead single Fill The Void quickly became a fan favourite and it wouldn’t surprise us if the album reached a few end of year lists come December. Just like you’ve come to expect from the Québec four piece, Remember Death is a fast record with melodic songs that are packed with guitar solos. During MUTE’s European tour, we had the chance to sit down with lead singer and bassist Jean-Philippe Lamonde and talk about the band’s first release in 5 years.

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Jean-Philippe Lamonde

Bird Attack Records
By on November 7th, 2016 at JH Sojo, Kesse-Lo (Leuven, Belgium)

 

 

With Remember Death, MUTE released one of the most anticipated skate punk records of the year. Lead single Fill The Void quickly became a fan favourite and it wouldn’t surprise us if the album reached a few end of year lists come December. Just like you’ve come to expect from the Québec four piece, Remember Death is a fast record with melodic songs that are packed with guitar solos. During MUTE’s European tour, we had the chance to sit down with lead singer and bassist Jean-Philippe Lamonde and talk about the band’s first release in 5 years.


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MUTE offer Behind The Scenes Look At ‘Fill The Void’ Music Video

Mute Remembering DeathQuébec City punk outfit MUTE is offering a behind the scenes look at the making of their recently released “Fill The Void” music video. The track is lifted from their upcoming new album, Remember Death, which is due out on October 14, 2016 via Bird Attack Records.

Check out the making of video below.

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Tours: MUTE (Europe)

Mute Remembering DeathQuébec City punk outfit MUTE has announced that they will be heading on a European tour in October and November.  The band will be touring in support of their upcoming new album, Remember Death, which is due out on October 14, 2016 on CD with vinyl being scheduled at a later date. 

Tour dates are below.

You can check out the video for the new song Fill The Void via the band’s Facebook page here

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MUTE Sign To Bird Attack Records And Announce New LP

Mute Remembering DeathBird Attack Records has announced the signing of Québec City punk outfit MUTE and will be releasing the band’s new album, Remember Death.  The CD and download will be released on October 14th with vinyl being scheduled at a later date. Fast, technical, melodic; those are just a few words that the punk rock community uses to describe MUTE‘s music. Considered by many to be a crucial staple in the skate punk world, the band has spent the last 18 years taking a 100% DIY approach to bringing its music to the masses

You can check out the video for the new song Fill The Void via the band’s Facebook page here

Live Concert Review

Strung Out, We Are The Union, Mute, Rufio

Live (Sept. 2nd, 2010)

Starlite Room - Edmonton, Alberta
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In my review for the 2010 Vans Warped Tour I mentioned how I felt old at the show. At 22, I’m older than the average Warped attendee now and it’s kind of a weird feeling. This was not the case last night as Strung Out made their way through Edmonton.

The crowd was older, mid to late twenties for the most part, and everyone was there for the sole purpose of seeing Strung Out and reliving the glory days of technically complex, fast, metal influenced, punk – it is, after all, sort of a niche market nowadays. Luckily for the loyal Strung Out fans, the band didn’t disappoint and the opening acts weren’t too shabby either.

Sadly, I got there later than anticipated and was only able to catch the final song of We Are The Union. This was unfortunate because their Paper + Plastick Records debut is pretty good and their ska-punk would’ve made for a solid set.  Not to worry though, because Quebec’s Mute came on next and put on one of the best opening-acts I’ve seen in recent memory.

Pulling from a Strung Out influence, Mute embodied the technical punk spirit promoted by the likes of Belvedere, No Fun At All and early No Use For A Name. They were tight, fast, had a drummer as the lead singer and threw in a wicked bass solo that is still stuck in my mind nearly twenty-four hours later. This is a band that is ready to take over the Canadian skate-punk torch left by the demise of Calgary’sBelvedere.

Pop-punk act Rufio were up next fresh off a lengthy hiatus that saw them cancel their last appearance in Edmonton back in 2006. With a new album under their belts, Rufio had a burst of energy and while I personally thought they weren’t anything that special, their fans ate it up and sang every word. Hell, Jordan Burns of Strung Out even got involved and ran across the stage pretending to play a trumpet.

As the set change between Rufio and Strung Out dragged on, the excitement became palpable and exploded as the curtains were pulled open to reveal the Californian five piece.  This was the first time I’ve seen them not wearing matching t-shirts and I don’t know what it was but front man Jason Cruz just seemed to be enjoying himself more than ever. In a stark contrast to their darker musical style, Cruz was joking around and appeared to be genuinely enjoying himself as he continually thanked the crowd for being there, high fived everyone and even stole a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles hat and proceeded to strike poses with it. Before that he grabbed a camera (that happened to belong to Chris Wedman as he was snapping photos for the site) and turned the lens on the crowd telling everyone to “work it.”

Just because Cruz was joking around doesn’t mean he wasn’t putting everything he had into the set. The whole band was as they played through a nearly twenty song set. The veins popped on Cruz’s head as he belted out the vocals, crouching down low to sing directly to the crowd. Guitarists Jake Riley and Rob Ramos walked back and forth, shredding wildly on tacks like Black Crosses, Angeldust and Velvet Alley. For their encore, they turned it down and Cruz came on with only an acoustic guitar to play Scarlet– transforming the song into something far from ordinary for Strung Out.

As the show came to an end at a little past one in the morning, the band jumped off stage and began talking to any fan who wanted to. It was a night that celebrated classic punk and saw a band truly enjoying themselves more so than any other time before.

Mute – Opium Dream

MuteQuebec City’s Mute has debuted a b-side from their previous album.  The song is titled “Opium Dream” and is set to appear as a bonus track on the Japanese version of Thunderblast.

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Interview: Mute

MuteQuebec City’s technical punk band Mute are no stranger to hard work and dedication. Forming in 1998, the band has spent the last fourteen years honing their craft and touring the world. Touring across North America with the likes ofStrung Out and Rise Against and heading overseas countless times for festivals and other touring opportunities, the band has chiselled away and slowly developped a name for themselves.

All that hard work paid off as they played the biggest show of their career opening for Alkaline Trio and The Offspring on the Plains D’Abraham for the Festival D’Ete. The hometown crowd was there early and broke into a whirlwind of activity the moment the band stepped on stage. Circle pits and crowd surfers appeared out of nowhere and the air filled with a steady stream of dust being spat up from the ground.

We spoke with Alex Trépanier and Étienne Dionne before they took the stage, talking about the festival, the crowd and their decision to cover Mr. Big‘s To Be With You.

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Video: Mute – To Be With You (Mr. Big)

MuteFresh off their biggest show of their career at Festival D’Ete De Quebec, Quebec City’s Mute have revealed their new video for their cover of Mr. Big‘s 1992 hit, To Be With You.

The video can be seen below.

The track appears on their recent full length Thunderblast which was released last year. The original song appears on Mr. Big‘s sophomore album, 1991’s Lean Into It.

Keep your eyes for a new interview with Mute in the next few days.

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Alex Trépanier and Étienne Dionne

Creator Destroyer Records
By on July 14th, 2012 at Plaines D'Abraham - Quebec, City

 

 

Quebec City’s technical punk band Mute are no stranger to hard work and dedication. Forming in 1998, the band has spent the last fourteen years honing their craft and touring the world. Touring across North America with the likes of Strung Out and Rise Against and heading overseas countless times for festivals and other touring opportunities, the band has chiselled away and slowly developped a name for themselves.

All that hard work paid off as they played the biggest show of their career opening for Alkaline Trio and The Offspring on the Plains D’Abraham for the Festival D’Ete. The hometown crowd was there early and broke into a whirlwind of activity the moment the band stepped on stage. Circle pits and crowd surfers appeared out of nowhere and the air filled with a steady stream of dust being spat up from the ground.

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Video: Mute – Nevermore

French Canadian technical punk rockers Mute have released a music video for the song “Nevermore.”  Creator-Destructor Records will be releasing a vinyl copy of their 2011 full length, Thunderblast, due out April 24, 2012 and will be available in four different configurations for fans to choose from through Creator-Destructor Records (US) and Effervescence Records (Europe).

Watch the video below.

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Mute Announce ‘Thunderblast’ Getting Vinyl Release

Creator-Destructor Records has announced that French Canadian technical punk rockers Mute will be releasing a vinyl copy of their 2011 full length, Thunderblast.  The release is due out April 24, 2012 and will be available in four different configurations for fans to choose from through Creator-Destructor Records (US) and Effervescence Records (Europe).  Label founder Ben Murray comments:

“I am extremely excited and honored to be able to release the amazing “Thunderblast” in vinyl format.  I was shocked when I realized it hadn’t been released on wax, and I’m so happy to be able to provide that for the band.  This is one of the best technical punk records I’ve heard in years, and I feel like the band fits in perfectly with the Creator-Destructor family.  Get stoked!!”

The albums will be available here and here.

Tours: Strung Out / Rufio / Mute / We Are The Union (US/Canada)

Strung OutVeteran punk rockers Strung Out will be heading out on USA/Canadian tour later this month with Rufio, Mute and We Are The Union; the dates are below.

Strung Out are touring in support of last year’s Agents of the Underground while Rufio are promoting their recently released album – and first since their re-formation – Anybody Out There.


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