Mutineer News

End of Summer Tour 2016 plus NEW DEMO STREAMING  

Hi folks. We are headed down to California for a string of 9 shoes, I mean shows. We are hoping to need only one or possibly two pairs of shoes, but you never know. The shows, on the other hand, are all lined up and listed in the image above and listed in that calendar to the right. We've got new songs to showcase for you as well as some new takes on our back catalog. (Hit play on the music player below to check out an acoustic demo of our new track "Barbara".) We are splitting bills with some great bands including We Arsons, Patrolled By Radar, Deer Leg, Nocona, and The Detroit Sportsmen's Congress. And that doesn't even touch all the great acts at Twang n Bang Fest XI. That is going to be one hell of an all day party.

We have also updated our store and merch box for the road. There are new shirts, new posters, and a new limited edition of our hand printed Dirge CD cases. We design and print all of this stuff, so it comes with our DNA! A cloned pair of Mutineers makes for a great holiday gift. We hope to see you down in the outdoor furnace that is central and southern California. With any luck we will bring you some rain from the slushy lands of the Northwest.

Before we head south you can catch us at Seaside Brewing Company here in Oregon with the mighty Jay Souza of Patrolled By Radar. This Friday evening, August 26. 7-10. When we return, we will be back at the beautiful Skyline Tavern above Forest Park here in Portland. That one is on Friday, Sept. 16.

Alright. Let's do this!

The Spring/Summer poster and shows! 

Merry has made a gorgeous poster for our next string of shows. Sticks out among the other posters on the telephone pole too! Hope you like it. We will be screen printing it soon and will have it at our upcoming shows.

April was a blast. We have to thank Chloe for being on the dance floor for all three hours at Rock Creek Tavern on the 30th. That really topped the whole month off right. We met a lot of new folks over the last 10 shows or so and are planning returns pretty much everywhere we played. Our next gig is our very first one at LaurelThirst Public House. Michael Dean Damron will open the show, I'd go just for that but you should stick around and see us too. Wednesday May 11 at 9p.

Merry and I will record some tracks as a two-piece and post them soon. We want to get you a sample of how our sound has evolved given all of our recent changes. The NW has a ton of great places to play. Our schedule has been busier than it has been in years. It's given us the opportunity to try various arrangements on our instruments to fit the vibe of whatever venue we are playing. Those three set nights keep us fit too. All great experiences as we move towards recording fresh tunes.


April shows in the Northwest 

We've got a whole bunch of gigs booked for April. Portland, Vancouver, Salem, Hillsboro, Cottage Grove! Shows in your city this month. Check out our Schedule
We have new t shirts and posters in our merch case, all hand screened by yours truly. New songs will be in the set as we work them out and get them ready for recording. Excited for a busy spring.

Merry and I got the chance to see Murder By Death once again, here in Portland at the Star Theater. They absolutely nailed it with a gritty set that was powerful and filled with emotion. It's always great to see these guys. They carry extra meaning for us as they had become one Michael's favorite bands. We all bonded over their music and were thrilled to have opened a show for them back in 2014. During Michael's memorial, MBD songs were played through the PA and every time I hear those songs live I tear up. It's not a bad cry, it's a bloody good cry. We miss you Mike and we are working hard to carry on the legacy of the band. We'll meet again on the river someday...


New hand printed posters and lots more shows 

We've updated our store to include our latest screen printed poster. We call it our Winter 2016 and plan on releasing a new one for each season this year. Merry designs all of our artwork and I do all of our printing, (shirts, CDs, posters). It's a fun process for us and maybe will make our merch a bit more meaningful for you. They will be available at our shows too of course. New shirts will be on their way. Probably in time for our next gig. Speaking of which...

The Mutineers are joined by Lowlight and Tom Armstrong on Thursday February 18 at McMenamin's White Eagle in north Portland. As promised in our last post, we are filling up our schedule and will be playing a ton this year, so as to acquaint ourselves with lots of new faces. Next week's gig at White Eagle is followed by a really great bill at Slim's in the St. Johns neighborhood in Portland, featuring I Can Lick Any Son of a Bitch in the House and Michael Dean Damron. Should be a riot! That one is on Friday March 4. Then we are back at White Eagle for St. Paddy's Day, Thursday March 17 with The Low Bones and The Resolectrics. Another killer bill of PDX locals. More to come in April. All shows are listed on our calendar.

Big thumbs up to The Firkin Tavern in SouthEast PDX. That is a really great local dive that is supporting live music and getting folks in front of bands. Cheers to them!

Northwest blitz! 

Hello gang. NYE was great. Hope yours was too. We are back in Portland now, booking ourselves a busy winter and spring schedule. We start out at The Firkin Tavern on Feb 4. If you haven't checked out music at The Firkin and you live in Portland, you're already missing out! It's a cool, quirky spot for bands. DIY kind of shows, good crowds, no frills. Love it.

We will be at The White Eagle on Feb 18 and March 17. Once again we find ourselves with a St. Paddy's Day show. This one wasn't planned to be a Paddy's Day show, but as always we will pull out some Clancy Brothers and Pogues tunes. We will be up in Washington and a whole bunch in rural and coastal Oregon before the sun returns to the Northwest. Lots of dates in the works. Looking forward to a busy schedule! We will be using this poster for our next couple months of shows. Lovely work by Merry.

NYE Eve and also Eve 

The Mutineers have two shows on California's central coast to celebrate the New Year. Dec 30 at Frog and Peach Pub in downtown San Luis Obispo with the mighty Hot Tina. And it's another Brew Year's Eve at The Brewhouse in Santa Barbara with the inimitable Big Jugs. Get ready for another amazing party as these guys rock for the 6th year in a row. Santa Barbara's best kept NYE secret. Merry and I will be performing as a duo on this run down the coast from our new digs in Portland.

Portland has been a welcoming city. Folks here are very kind and the music scene is lively and supportive. The talent in this town is outstanding. The only question is whether I have the stamina (or $$) to go out, because there's great live music going on nearly every single night. Cheers to the crowd that joined us last Wednesday evening at The Old Gilbert Road Tavern. It was our first "plugged-in" show since we arrived and it was a blast. If you missed that one, Portland, we will be adding lots of local shows after the new year, so we can all get acquainted.

A hearty cheers goes out to Morgan Geer of Drunken Prayer for the many outstanding sets he played during his week long whirlwind Portland tour. He's a class act and it was a real treat to share a stage once again. Looking forward to the next time amigo.

The band has relocated! 

Hello folks. The Mutineers have moved! Our new fortress is in SE Portland, OR and its surrounded by 500+ bands. The talent in this town sets the bar really high for musicians. We have always felt motivated by "competition" among our peers in the sense that we feel driven to play at the level of those we admire. Portland is also the first city, outside our home base, to truly support our project. Since the very first Mutineers tour in 2007 we have been returning to play at least once a year and have always appreciated the great venues and engaged audiences. If you haven't caught our show yet, we look forward to meeting you. We will be posting shows for the Portland area soon, starting with a set in support of our buddy Morgan Geer of Drunken Prayer on 12/2 at the Old Gilbert Road Tavern.

If you've been following The Mutineers for a while, you know we've been through some tough changes. After going down to a 3-piece band in 2013, we suffered the tragic loss of our brother, band mate, and guitarist Michael Astudillo. It's been difficult to pick up the pieces. It is very hard to hear some of our songs without Michael's presence, not to mention the enormous vacancy left by his larger-than-life personality and boundless optimism. It helps us at some level to have the feeling of starting over in a new scene, to reinvent ourselves, to potentially find new band mates, and to find the energy to go forward. Merry and I (that's me, Brian) are performing as a duo and loving it. The songs will sound different, to be sure, but they haven't lost their soul. Our sound has become a bit more aggressive at times, and maybe that makes sense given our difficult past. We hope you will continue on the journey with us. We have a lot more to share!

The Mutineers, Matt Armor, American Dirt on Oct 2 

Matt Armor is going to join us for a road trip to SLO county for a gig at Dunbar Brewing in Santa Margarita on Friday, October 2. Matt will do an opening set with Brian filling in on bass followed by The Mutineers as a duo and our great buds American Dirt. Probably our last gig up there before we relocate to Merry's old stomping grounds in Portland, Oregon at the end of the month. We'll continue to play as a duo up there and work on new songs and will surely come back down to Cali to play some shows in the future. Stay in touch!
Brian and Merry

Girls Rock SB!  

Hey folks. You may have seen Merry and I playing shows lately with Ralph Lowi and/or Matt Sayles, using some name or other each time, but not The Mutineers. That's been a tough one for us without Michael. Out of respect for his absence and out of sheer sadness we have suspended the old band name. We continue to play and write new songs, but we also include plenty from our catalog of Mutes music. Playing at SLO Brew a few weeks back, I was struck by the empty spaces in the songs where Michael's guitar licks would be. I almost wanted to fill up those spaces with something, but I left it open. It was nice, I could almost hear the parts he would play.

As long as Merry and I are still playing together, I know the Mutineers live on and we can continue to commune with Michael through the songs. I'm not going to make any grand statements about our future. What comes will come. Whether we tour or not, whether we pump out more albums or not, our future is going to remain murky. But we wanted to throw whatever currency our band has behind a fund raiser for local music school GirlsRockSB! To that end The Mutineers will be the headlining act at Soho on Friday, July 24. Help us raise the money to support the musical empowerment of young ladies. We love to see girls and women represented on stage. The best way to do it is to let them know at a young age that this isn't a boys club. Rock and roll is for everyone. Hope you can come out and see us rock for GirlsRock.

Farewell Mikey Mutineer 

We are devastated to tell you all that we lost our dear friend and founding member, Michael Astudillo, over this weekend. It is a terrible loss. Our musical lives together began long before The Mutineers came into being. It was always about spreading cheer to those around us. We used to call it "rallying". Walking up to strangers and playing whatever instruments were available in a frenzy until we overwhelmed them into dropping their guard, smiling and loving life. It's how I met Merry actually.  We hope we rallied you at some point, but if WE didn't, I'm sure Michael did on his own if you shared some time together. That legacy should be remembered and continued by those who were touched by him. The phrase "life's too short to play it safe" was never a flippant refrain. We were seriously warning you and ourselves that our ride here is brief. Live like you fucking mean it. As Michael's Hell No verse says, "cherish each and every last breath." We are heartbroken and dismayed and we love you all for your support over the years. Rest in peace brother.

Memorial for Michael James Astudillo
The Santa Barbara Art Foundry
120 Santa Barbara Street, Santa Barbara
Sunday, November 9th 12-3p

Please join us to honor and celebrate the life of our friend and family member, Michael Astudillo, who meant so much to so many. The hours of 12-2p will be open time for family and friends to gather, remember, support and mourn with one another. A short ceremony will begin at 2p.

Thank you for your support during these difficult times. This memorial will be open to the public. Please help us share it with the community.