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Summer Shows To Plan Your Life Around 

We did it. We had a real proper Spring day here in the PNW. Warm and sunny with flowers blooming everywhere against the impossibly blue sky. We are hoping we get a beautiful June because we have a couple outdoor shows on the books. Big shout out to Boise. We are back with you this July! We were so excited to see pictures from one of our Treefort performances posted by No Depression. Thanks to photographer and all around good dude, Peter Dervin. Here's one he sent us.

 

 

Get out your calendars, it's time for your seasonal show update from The Mutineers. 

We haven't played Starday Tavern since 2016 I believe. This time we bring our Washington buds, The Deadhollows down for the show along with Portland based Never Better. It's gonna be a loud rocking show and we are opening up at 8p.

If the weather is good on 6/5 we will be playing on the outdoor stage at Grateful Vineyard. The view is outrageous, and the food and wine are excellent. Bring your lawn chairs. Take Monday off and follow us to White Salmon for our acoustic set across the river.

The same goes for 6/8 in Kalama. If it's suitable outside we will be rocking out in the amphitheater next to the hotel. If not we will be back in the cozy lounge doing our acoustic show.

Making our first appearances in Centralia and Snohomish in June before returning to Bremerton for a live recording at Rimbert Illustrations. 

We are looking forward to getting back on stage at Silver Moon Brewing in Bend. That place had a lot of energy back in April on our first trip. We get up and head all the way to Boise after that to play at The Vista Bar with Spike Coggins. We had to immediately book more Boise shows when we got home from Treefort. This show is going to rock. 

As always, you can support the band while getting cool stuff from our store. Most of our items were hand screen printed by Brian and designed by Merry.

Have a great summer everyone! We hope to see you out there. 

 

Mountains-River-Ocean Tour and Treefort Review 

Mountains-River-Ocean Tour. I admit it's not really a "tour" since we are just heading out from home on the weekends. But I can't help but think of the interesting geography of our next batch of shows. We start out on the south bank of The Columbia River at The Bargeway Pub in one of the windiest places I have ever been, The Dalles, Oregon. The pub is right on the river's edge. We will be performing our acoustic sets on our first visit to The Bargeway. The next day, we head off into the mountains, the land of the Nez Perce, the American Alps, the Wallowa Mountains, to perform at the Range Rider in Enterprise. Judging by the snow we got overnight here in Portland, we are betting there will still be some wintery weather out there. Come in to the saloon for a couple of cozy sets.

At the end of the month, we will head to Coos Bay on southern Oregon coast. April 30th, we will return to Front Street Provisioners for a two set performance on a Saturday night. Can't wait to drive down the Umpqua River Valley to good old Coos Bay for this visit to the Ocean. The brick oven pizza at Front Street is fantastic by the way.

May will bring a redux of our December run from Cathlamet, WA, to Astoria to Seaside, OR. We will be at RM38 Brewing on Friday, May 13 in the Cathlamet marina, staring out at the Lower Columbia River, and enjoying the company of our old community. Then on to Astoria at the mouth of the Pacific for a night at the perfectly named Merry Time Bar. It will be Merry Time in Astoria on two levels at least. And finally we will end the weekend on Sunday in lovely Seaside with a couple sets at Seaside Brewing Co. 

So there it is: some time in the mountains, a bunch on the river, and a couple shows on the sea shore. Mountains-River-Ocean Tour. 6 chances to see us in the PNW in April and May, all of them are great destination spots for a getaway. And, thanks to our venue partners, all of these shows are free to enter (Your tips are greatly appreciated :) We will be back up in Northern Washington and in the Portland area in June. 

P.S. Quick Treefort Recap:

It was the most fun we have had in years. No exaggeration. We saw all these bands - Dante Elephante, Brad Parsons, Voidstrider, Built To Spill, The Oh Cees (or however the hell they spell it these days), Rachel's Children, Serpentfoot, David Henry, The Rev. Peyton's Big Damn Band, Ryder and Rolling Thunder, and a whole bunch more. It was epic. We managed to play 4 times over the festival and finished off with a bang on Sunday night at Pengilly's. Here's a couple pics from that show courtesy of Rachael Baker aka @babe_raham_lincoln 

We will return to Boise on July 23 at The Vista Bar. See you then!


Treefort 10 here we come... and The Mellowneers? 

The Mutineers will be at Treefort Music Fest 10 in Boise, ID on March 27th at Pengilly's Saloon in support of Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band! GET YOUR FULL FESTIVAL OR SINGLE DAY PASSES HERE

Back around 2010 or so we were playing a lot of local gigs in Santa Barbara, CA. Our good friend Bill Lewis owned Muddy Waters Cafe and was hosting great indie music on a regular basis. We were fortunate to be called on to support touring bands when they came through town. One of those shows was with Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band. The Rev was in his second or third year of the road grind. Playing 200+ gigs a year out of a conversion van with his wife Breezy and his cousin Cuz. They were a force of nature and completely floored us with their energy, showmanship, and authenticity. I watched everything they did from soundcheck to show finale with intent because I realized very quickly that they were doing something next level, something special. We had the opportunity to kick back and talk shop after the show and that little chat, with all its hard fought wisdom, remains with me to this day. We've had the chance to reunite a couple more times since then and its always a really pleasure. So we are very excited that our return to Treefort Music Fest in Boise, ID will be in support of The Rev. You should definitely come to the fest and join us on the last night for a real banger of a show.

One more February gig left. We return to Erebus in Kelso on 2/26 to rock out with The Generals and The Deadhollows. This one is gonna be a high energy show. Let's get wild people. 

Before we head to Boise for the Fest we will play in Vancouver at our favorite micro brewery in town, Trap Door, on 3/18. And we will follow that with an acoustic show in the intimate setting of Strum Guitars in SE Portland on 3/19. Over the past couple years in relative seclusion we have developed our lounge act so that we can showcase our mellower and more introspective songwriting in venues where the rock show just wouldn't fit. Keep an eye on the show info so you know when its an acoustic or electric show. We like to call it The Mellowneers when we are doing the lounge act :)

April will see us returning to Bend, OR with our first appearance at Silver Moon Brewing, followed by a trip down the Gorge with stops in The Dalles and Enterprise. It's shaping up to be a lovely Spring. Our first run of 2022 was a blast. 6 shows in 8 days. We felt a different kind of energy out there, a buzz of excitement. It's been a rough couple years of semi or complete isolation for so many people. And very little live music. We are so pleased to be out there with you again. 

 

February Shows in the PNW 

2021 recap! 

16 shows. That's 4x the amount we played in 2020 so that is a good sign I guess. As we muddle our way through January (currently hibernating), we are hopeful that the situation improves as we head into February. We have an excellent lineup of performances in Oregon and Washington. We are doing a few dinner shows which will be acoustic sets. And the rest are rockers. We are finally returning to Bremerton (which was one of the first places we had to cancel back in 2020.) Our pal Jack Parker will be joining us with his backing band The Remedy for the show in Bremerton and at The Spanish Ballroom in Tacoma. And we finish this batch of shows with our buddy band The Deadhollows and one of my favorite bands in Portland right now, The Generals. The three of us will take over Erebus in Kelso on 2/26. As we have noted previously, Erebus fucking rocks so please get your ass into that venue for this gig. 

Check out our unplugged version of Drunken Prayer's iconic song, "What Made Me Kill". We ask the question, "What if this murder ballad was sung by a woman instead of a man?"

New songs are starting to poke their heads out like proverbial groundhogs. We are demoing up as we go, hopeful we can get back into the studio this year and make a new record. It would be nice to purge the sentiments and emotions that are behind these songs, driven as they were by the events of the last two years. What lies on the other side of this? It would be nice to get a glimpse, to let go of the current refrain, but the present has to be dealt with first. Come out to a show and you will hear at least one or two of these songs which have been simmering for months. In the meantime, take care of each other and yourselves. 

September and October events. 

The situation is very tenuous for musicians and the venues we partner with. To keep our tour going and the venues open, please help us keep our events safe and responsible for the community. Get vaccinated and wear masks in close environments.

We have another half dozen shows up on our schedule, including 4 in California. It has been really great to be back on the stage again. Finally being able to perform the songs we released just before the 2020 shutdown has been cathartic. Thank you to everyone who has booked us this year. And thank you especially to the folks in the crowd.

Up ahead we have our return to Enterprise, Oregon, the homeland of the Nez Perce Tribe and burial place of Chief Joseph's father. One of the most beautiful places we've been to, and we've been around this country a lot. Then we head south to our old Central and South Coast stomping grounds. We will be back in Atascadero at Raconteur Room, down in Culver City at The Cinema Bar, and making our first stop at Tom Bergin's in Los Angeles for the Bigtop Bandstand. Both of our LA area shows will be with the great, Patrolled By Radar. On our way back to Oregon, we will be returning to Whiskey Richards in Santa Barbara, the stage for about a dozen Mutineers shows back in the early years. That bill will feature Rival Cults, with guitarist and songwriter Adi Tejada. Adi and I (Brian) played together in a band called The Depths. We made some great memories in that band. And finally, we return to Portland in time for our first ever appearance at Hawthorne Hideaway in SE. We will share the bill with Joseph Hunter Duncan and locals, Bitches in the Beehive. Check our calendar for the details.

I think these may be our last shows of 2021. As outdoor stages close in the Northwest and the harsh weather sets in, we also see our public health system stretched to the limit. Until our system makes a rebound, we will be halting all other booking. So come on out to see us while you can. And once again, please, take the best possible measures against contracting and spreading covid. There is so much at risk right now, from jobs to lives to our individual and collective mental health. Stay safe everyone!

Summer shows in the Northwest 

We are back in action this summer. Check our schedule here. If you are in Washington and Oregon this July and August, come out and see us. We are breaking the ice at some of the first places to support us when we moved here back in 2016. Just so happens that the first three are all breweries. We are very pleased to once again be part of Wahkiakum County's Bald Eagle Day celebration. All of these shows will feature multiple sets, and help us stretch out after a long time without performing. Vancouver at Trap Door Brewing, Cathlamet at River Mile 38 Brewing, and Seaside Brewing in... Seaside. We will see you very soon.

The first proper show we played in Portland after we moved in 2016 was at Old Gilbert Road Tavern with our friends Hearts of Oak and Drunken Prayer. Last year we moved into an apartment just down the road from OGRT, which is cool. We will be performing there with Meredith Brothers on July 31. This our first Portland gig since February 2020 when we performed at Turn Turn Turn in NE just weeks before the country shut down. Special invitation to our local SE neighbors to come out to the show and help us make a home for live music in the Flats.

August will see us venture up the Gorge. We make our first appearance in White Salmon, WA at Everybody's Brewing. They host Monday evening music. I love that. Two weeks after that, we will be back in The Dalles playing at Route 30 for our first time. In between those two gigs, we will make our return to Erebus in Kelso, WA. We had a great time there with a couple of punk bands back in Feb 2020. Here at The Mutineers, we love to mix with all of the genres that inspire us. Sometimes that's folk, sometimes country, sometimes indie rockers or punk. We love it all and know our fans love all kinds of music too. Looks like this time we will be joined by a Motorhead tribute band. We are down.

Still some time to add a show or two this summer if they come up. We will perform at a private party in Seattle on September 5. But we are on the hunt for other dates in Northern Washington. For our California friends, we will see you in late September. Dates are starting to be released so keep your eyes out.

 

Return of the Music 

I sent my first batch of booking emails out this week. I haven't done that in about 15 months. After seeing some great news concerning vaccinations and some clear guidelines from the government, the emails just kinda spewed out of me before I knew what was happening. Merry and I get our second dose soon and encourage you to get vaccinated too. It's the only way for us to bring live music back. 

Our show has grown. We released a new EP just before the lockdown with songs we had only just begun to play live. And while we've been without shows, I've been writing a new full length album. Merry has used the down time to get her bass playing skills up. We will be performing some songs or entire shows with guitar and bass, and others with Merry behind the drums. Keeping it fresh for you and making sure we are always growing as musicians. We made new 12" vinyl, t-shirts, posters and koozies right before shut down as well. Can't wait to finally show them to folks :)

Look for us in the Pacific Northwest this year. No big tours in the works. This is a good opportunity for us to reset and start from square one again, reintroducing ourselves to our home community. We can't wait to see you again. Show announcements coming soon. Book us for your event or venue at mutineersmusic [at] gmail.com 

10-Year Annniversary video for "A Summer's Minotaur" 

Our 2011 album "From The Dirge To The Dance" turns 10 years old this year, so we dug back into the archives and put together this video for our instrumental song "A Summer's Minotaur" with some photos and tour footage from that era. We were a four-piece band back then, touring all around California with fun trips to Idaho for Ranchfest, stops in San Francisco, Portland, and who could forget the time we played at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas?  Hope you enjoy this little trip back in time...

Merry Young - Drums
Michael Astudillo - Acoustic guitar
Terry Luna - Upright bass
Brian Mathusek - Electric guitar
Recorded by Tucker Bodine at Playback Studios in Santa Barbara copyright The Mutineers 2011

 

 

Live Streams and Free Shipping 

FREE SHIPPING ON ALL ITEMS IN THE MERCH STORE NOW THROUGH 12/31. HAPPY HOLIDAYS EVERYONE

It's almost Thanksgiving and you know what that means. Actually, no... no we don't know what it means. Certainly not the same thing it has meant in previous years. Most of the country is back into some kind of March-like lock down and hospitals are full or filling up. It's disappointing and sad to think of what our health care professionals are going through. We try to focus on what we have control over in our lives, and move forward the best we can. It is not a good time to be a professional musician, but not all is bleak. We continue to create art and music, and hope for the best.

After wading through the strange purgatory of the first half of 2020, Merry and I have settled back in Portland. We managed to perform live twice this summer at restaurants that followed health guidance. Our screen printing shop is set up once more. Now with the dark weather upon us, that little window we had to get out there responsibly is gone. To make up for the lost stage time, I've started to live stream a solo acoustic performance about once a month since August. I was honestly far more nervous before my first live stream than any show I've played in years. Because I didn't know what technical or acoustical problems I would have, because I was terrified that absolutely no one would watch or participate in the chat, and because I have never played a full set completely solo, I ended up completely sweating through my "show shirt" by the second song of that first live stream. But I made it through and as the show went on, got more and more comfortable. 

I've been playing a few Mutineers songs in each live stream, but the set list has been 90% covers. Some are songs I picked and some are songs I solicited from you all via FB. My most recent set was covers of songs written by our band buddies, all independent artists we've been playing with for years. You can watch the full performance on our Youtube page . There's a list of the artists I covered in the description of the video. You can also check out this Spotify Playlist I made with all of the original versions of the songs in the order they were played on the show. The other live streams are still available on FB and can be found on our timeline.

I'm definitely sold on the value and experience of the live stream. The reality is, for many folks, getting out to the bar or club to come see the Mutineers live is challenging to say the least. "The bar" is not a place where everyone feels comfortable, and the typical show time hours are not for the faint of heart. Don't get me wrong, I actually love the classic bar environment, but I also get why many do not. But even if you love the bar too, lots of people who might want to go don't because they are either: not in the town we are playing, parents who can't ditch their kids for a rock show at 11pm., typically asleep by the time we play because they get up at 5:30 for their jobs, or they have a billion other obligations that have to take precedence. 

Live streams are not comparable to a live show. The sound will never be as good or as big. We still can't figure out how to involve the drums because we live in an apartment. The lighting, the stage, the anticipation, none of it is as effective over digital media. It's not the same, but it doesn't have to be. I have found it to be the most intimate performance experience I've been involved with. I can choose to read and engage in audiences reactions in real time. The feedback is more personal and more frequent than the somewhat embarrassing and rushed experience of saying "good job" to us as we hurry to get our equipment off stage at 12:30am. The audience can choose when to start and stop the performance. They can tune in from around the world, and I'm happy to report that we had viewers from as far away as the UK and Southeast Asia. I've even been sent pictures of folks watching on their huge smart TVs with surround sound. We picked up almost 600 views of the video AFTER it was live. It takes a long time to prepare for these live streams because each show is entirely different material. It is really powerful to know that the performance continues to have legs after the live stream ends. Thank you for the support. I am humbled.

Tune in on Wednesday 12/23 as I live stream Christmas-Eve Eve. I'll be sitting at the synthesizer, performing some classic tunes that would normally be a part of our annual Holiday Spectacular. The tradition will continue albeit in Covid lockdown fashion. Don't forget to visit our store. Give the gift of The Mutineers for this holiday season. FREE SHIPPING! 

 

 

Our New Vinyl Has Arrived! 

At long last our record has arrived! Our double EP featuring No Winter and Threshold on 12" black vinyl is now in stock in our online store and available to order now. To all you Kickstarter backers, thank you so much for your patience, everyone should have their record by the first week of August. Last night, we sat back and shared a toast as we listened to our first album on vinyl. Merry and I are in Portland now, staying with friends while we look for a more permanent place to call home. A lot of things have changed for us as we adapt to this new reality of limited gatherings and social distancing. But when you listen to this record, we want you to imagine us playing to a packed house. Then, pretend we can all give each other sweaty hugs after the show. Finally, picture us loading up and heading out to our next gig, driving in the van on the open road, flying that ship straight into the sun... 

Hope to see you all again soon!

Brian and Merry