Mutineer News

A salute to our bassist Terry Luna and The Mutes plans for 2014 

2014 is going to be an exciting year for The Mutineers. After releasing our next album, we plan to return to the East Coast and the Northwest as well as play our first shows in the South. It’s going to be an intense schedule and unfortunately our bassist, Terry, won’t be able to make the journey with us. We know that the only way to grow our band is to get out on the road. We also know that we can’t do it with a “fill-in”. We need the cohesiveness and the continuity of a full band out on tour. And so The Mutineers will take on a new member or two to play bass and/or keys. This was a difficult decision to make and a painful separation. Since our first show together in 2009, Terry Luna has been a important addition to The Mutineers. He helped expand what the band could do sonically and where we could perform. We have played somewhere near 200 shows together, from California to the New York Island. So many great memories came out of those years. Cheers to you Terry! It has been a blast, we thank you for your hard work and dedication to this band, and we wish you the best. 

“I awoke from a spell on a violent swell, thrashing about on The Count. My sail was tattered, trusty bow was frayed, to the dry soil my feet would a’mount. With a brand new name, new tone in my voice and a past I could never recount. I would never look back or speak of the day, there’d be nothing I could not surmount.”  -- Terry Luna, “Hell No”

If you believe you are up for the challenge of being a Mutineer, please refer to the job outline below. Contact us at if you think you got what it takes:

The Mutineers are looking for a bassist and/or keyboard player. 
Said player must:
-Be over 21 years of age
-Have quality equipment and know how to use it.
-Be able to tour for two 1-2 week trips this year
-Be available for periodic weekend tours.
-Be available for two 3-hour practices a week in Carpinteria and have your own transportation to and from
-We prefer someone with touring experience (i.e. you’re ok with sleeping on a floor, couch or in the van)
-Be able to learn tracks by ear for audition and have a basic understanding of music theory.
-Singing ability is a huge plus but not necessary
We offer:
Fun times. Tour dates around the country. Whiskey. Vanna White (our van). The band will fund recording and most of our touring expenses. 

SLO Brew with Larry and His FLask on 11/14 

Hello friends. We have a last minute show announcement. The Mutineers will be the first of three bands tomorrow night at SLO Brew in downtown San Luis Obispo. Headlining the night is Larry and His Flask, the blazing fast, high energy, punk-grass band from Bend, Oregon. They are amazing to see live. Onward, etc. is an alt-country band with rotating membership depending on where they play. They'll be in direct support. So come out early and catch our set. We'd love to see you there. Tickets are available HERE

New Release: "If You'll Be Mine" and the New Noise Digital Music Conference 

We've created a Bandcamp page for our latest recording. In the spring, we recorded two songs at Santa Barbara Sound Design with Dominic Camardella. We released the single, Vegas Lights, just before the summer. And now we are happy to share the B-side, If You'll Be Mine. This track shows a more progressive side of the band with dueling guitar leads and a southern rock swagger. The recording was a great experience and we are completely satisfied with the results. Once again we recorded almost entirely live. Just a few added, overdubbed guitar leads and of course the vocals were done separately. We love it and hope you do too. YES! You can also stream the new songs on this very page. The player is at the bottom of the screen and plays continuously on any of of the site's pages.

We have released the songs to help promote our next gig: direct support for The White Buffalo at the New Noise Festival at SOhO Restaurant and Music Venue on Thursday October, 17. The show is $18 in advance, $20 at the door. But an all access VIP pass for the 3 day conference and festival is only $45!!! Get yours before the price goes up. This is New Noise's 5th year and The Mutineers are honored to be a part of the festival once again. 5 venues, an all day digital music conference with industry speakers and panels, and a huge block party in Santa Barbara's Funk Zone. It's gonna be great.

Since our last post, we've had a band wedding! Drummer, Merry Young, and singer/songwriter, Brian Mathusek, tied the knot amongst friends and family in sunny Santa Barbara, CA. It was a great time and we thank you all for your support of our endeavors. We look forward to many more songs, many more road trips, and many more new friends. See you all soon.

Live at Casa Cantina Viva la Musica Stage in SB next week! 

I know I know... I said no shows while we woodshed. But there are some folks we would make an exception for. Our friends at Plus Uno/New Noise SB are hosting a party during Fiesta in the courtyard across from De La Guerra Plaza. The aptly named, Casa Cantina Viva La Musica Stage. Come on out and see us open the show for Cashed Out, San Diego's premier Johnny Cash cover band. We will be performing at 8p so don't come late or you will miss us. Tickets are $10 per night at Casa but you can buy an all weekend wristband for only $25. Just follow this link: LINK!

And then its back into hiding for us... Cheers

Time for a little woodshedding... 

Hello friends. Thank you to all who made it out to shows this spring/summer. We had a hell of a good run. Some of the best shows of our career happened over the last few months. We regret that we had to cancel our last date at El Rey Cantina in Ventura. Completely our fault, we messed up our scheduling. But now it is time for some much needed woodshedding. Time to lock myself in a room with a pen and paper, or go off on a solitary journey into the woods, or seal myself into a recording studio, or build a log cabin out of hand hewn logs. Anything to wake up the muse and get to writing and building up our chops. We do look forward to playing this years Twang n Bang festival at Frog and Peach in SLO (check the calendar). There may be a show or two in the local scene in the fall (New Noise Festival in sb?), but not too many opportunites to catch us until we've completed a recording that we can all be proud of. Something that breaks new ground for the band, while still covering turf that helped us connect with you all in the first place. Something that will express the core of what it means to be a Mutineer. And then we will take these songs out and conquer the world. I can't say exactly how long this will take. We've made those promises before... And frankly, I don't care how long it takes. As long as we produce something honest, vital, and challenging. We will keep you updated along the way. Thank you for all the support!


Only three shows left before The Mutineers go into hiding! or Notes on a Tour Near Completion 

May and June have been really busy for us Mutes. Some of the best shows of our career have happened over the past few weeks. We can't thank you all enough for the support and opportunities. We were very active on Facebook while on the road, so you can still catch some of the highlights that we documented for all the world to see here. I'll give you the key moments right here tho:

- SLO Frog & Peach. Great to see so many folks we met at the Murder By Death show in May. Terry's new bass made its debut performance and sounded great. Merry was asked to slow dance after the show by a fresh faced 20 something. aawwwwww.
- SF Plough & Stars. Spent the day at our favorite SF bar, Zeitgeist! So many beers on tap. Then to Golden Gate Park where Merry filled Brian's beard with wild flowers and we sang a capela in the public restroom only to find a crowd of people standing at the door listening when we emerged. After a fun show at Plough & Stars, we convinced our friend Megan to throw caution to the wind and jump in the van for the rest of the tour. Haha! Later that night, while driving along route 37, we veered off the road and into the bay, where we all drowned and went to band heaven. At least that was the only reasoning we could find for having such great luck on the road. That night, for reasons not entirely clear, the Marriot gave us two rooms for $67. Score!
- Cottage Grove, OR Axe & Fiddle. Band heaven continued with a relaxing double set just outside Eugene. We played a lot of songs that are rarely heard and got a sweet response from the locals. Thank you to our road angel Jessica for putting us up in your lovely home and feeding us spinach and broccoli quiche in the morning.
- PDX Secret Society Ballroom. The sun was raging in Portland for us. Merry's family came out to see us perform for the first time ever. Mike jumped into the crowd to rock out with Mom during Ace. We were all delighted to reunite with our buddy Morgan and his stellar band Drunken Prayer. We all danced the night away and met some real friendly folks. Followed by an epic party hosted by John and Carrie. Cheers guys. Thanks for having us. It was a blast
- Congratz to Morgan and Christa on their wedding that we were honored to attend on Sunday at the Deer Lodge. Couldn't have picked a better way to end the trip. Lots of new faces, but all felt like family.

We will return to SLO and SF, at least, in the fall. In the meantime, we will be at Cold Spring Tavern on 6/29, Firestone Winery on 7/12, and El Rey Cantina in Ventura on 7/20. Then its time for Merry and Brian to get married. And for the band, its time to finish writing and recording the next album. So we will disappear for a while. When we return it will be with a vengeance. Ready to conquer the world.

The Return of Steve, MBD, T&B Comp, and the Tour Begins 

Our tour schedule has begun. Friday night's fund raiser for Steve Laffie at Velvet Jones was a big success. Thanks SB for coming out in force to support a good guy and rock out with us. Was great to see Steve back on stage with Big Jugs, and with a killer new song.

Memorial Day was a bit of a mile marker for us. We took the stage at SLO Brewing in support of Murder By Death. Opening for a band we love and at a top notch venue. Big smiles on all of us. To our SB friends we say, GO SEE MBD AT SOHO THIS THURSDAY! We were extremely bummed not be able to open for that date but these guys are killer. Cheers to Adam, Sarah, Dagan, Matt, Scott, and James Dean. Felt a lot of love from the SLO crowd. Very satisfying since we've had our hearts set on winning over that town. We owe a good deal of that to our buddies at Twang n Bang Records who have seen fit to book us on great shows and include us on their latest compilation. Big thank you to Pat, Jon, Hailey, and all the rest of you who keep the SLO scene vital. We will be back at Frog and Peach on Wednesday, June 12. For more info on the Twang n Band compilation follow this link: LINK!

Next up for us, Thursday at The Tavern in Ventura. Our very own Terry Luna will be opening the show with members of his other project Holdfast Rifle Company. It's free to enter and a cool place to chill. Then this Saturday we join an onslaught of SB's finest bands at The Creekside for a marathon of music. Hosted by Eating Fear! We've been trying to figure out how to book our two, very different, bands on the same bill. So here it is.

And don't forget that we have Vegas Lights streaming on our site-wide music player. Have a listen while you visit. Cheers!

New Single, "Vegas Lights," Released! Stream now on our site-wide player 

Our audio player at the bottom of the page is now streaming The Mutineers' latest single, Vegas Lights. Featuring the voice of drummer, Merry Young, the song pays homage to the classic sassy duet of the golden era of Nashville. Recorded at Santa Barbara Sound Design. We are really pleased with how well this recording met our vision. Hope you enjoy! For now this song will only be available to stream on our sites: Facebook, Reverbnation, and right here. We will be cutting a seven-inch with a soon-to-be-released B-side and making them available as part of an upcoming Kickstarter campaign to fund a full album. We hope this will inspire folks to participate so that we can get the same high-quality recording for the entire album. More to come on that over the next month, stay tuned.

In the meantime, tickets are still available for Murder By Death with The Mutineers at SLO Brew HERE. Memorial Day done the Mutes' way. We have our tour poster up and all of the dates filled in for the time being. Can't wait to hit the road.

Next up, its the Benefit for Steve Laffie. Our friend who's alter ego plays in Big Jugs underwent successful heart and kidney transplant
surgery. He is now recovering brilliantly and we are trying to lend a hand to help him handle the massive health care expenses he incured. Come out and have a blast with great bands for a good cause. Lots of insane raffle prizes available.

Murder By Death and a very busy June 

We are absolutely stoked to announce that we are opening for Murder By Death at SLO Brew Co. in San Luis Obispo, CA. We've been following this band's career for years now and have always admired their work. Now we get to open up the show for them at a real swell venue. Thanks to Numbskull for getting us on the bill.

June is going to be a really busy month for us. We will be promoting a kickstarter campaign to help us record a full length album. We have two songs recorded to give away to all who donate (plus a bunch of other rad gifts) so you can see what direction the band is headed. We have gigs booked in Ventura, Santa Ynez, SLO, SF, and a couple up in Oregon, as well as a few right here in Santa Barbara. Looking forward to a lovely summer and a new album in the fall. Cheers!

Whiskeyfest 2013 and upcoming spring shows 

Thanks to the rowdy St. Paddy's Day crowd who rallied for us at Whiskeyfest! We hope you all arrived home safely with your whiskey stains and green teeth. See you all at Whiskeyfest III in 2014... Next up, Saturday, April 13, 9:00 p.m., we play our first show at Mike Mutineer's new bar in the funk zone, Seven Bar & Kitchen! And we're bringing our friends from SLO, American Dirt and The Dead Volts. Let's get the place off to a good start, shall we? Come by and celebrate with us and check out the new spot. 224 Helena Ave., Santa Barbara.

Lots of good things coming up this spring and summer, including some new venues we've never played before. Check our updated schedule for dates.

The Mutineers 

Tour Dates

Date Event Location
The Mutineers @ Ten Depot St Ten Depot St, La Grande, OR Ten Depot St, La Grande, OR
The Mutineers @ The Funky Taco The Funky Taco, Boise, ID The Funky Taco, Boise, ID
The Mutineers @ Lion's Lair Lion's Lair, Denver, CO Lion's Lair, Denver, CO
The Mutineers @ The Boobie Trap The Boobie Trap, Topeka, KS The Boobie Trap, Topeka, KS
The Mutineers @ The Lift The Lift, Dubuque, IA The Lift, Dubuque, IA
The Mutineers @ Boone & Crockett Boone & Crockett, Milwaukee, WI Boone & Crockett, Milwaukee, WI
The Mutineers @ Outer Limits Lounge Outer Limits Lounge , Hamtramck, MI Outer Limits Lounge , Hamtramck, MI
The Mutineers @ The Five O'clock Lounge The Five O'clock Lounge, Lakewood, OH The Five O'clock Lounge, Lakewood, OH
The Mutineers @ Howlers Howlers, Pittsburgh, PA Howlers, Pittsburgh, PA
The Mutineers @ Cedars West End Cedars West End, Youngstown, OH Cedars West End, Youngstown, OH
The Mutineers @ Abilene Bar and Lounge Abilene Bar and Lounge, Rochester, NY Abilene Bar and Lounge, Rochester, NY
The Mutineers @ The Mutineers / The Normanskillers / Dank Wolf The Mutineers / The Normanskillers / Dank Wolf, Albany, NY The Mutineers / The Normanskillers / Dank Wolf, Albany, NY
The Mutineers @ Gerry's Place Gerry's Place , Norwood, NJ Gerry's Place , Norwood, NJ
The Mutineers @ Radio Bean Radio Bean, Burlington,vt Radio Bean, Burlington,vt
The Mutineers @ The Dogfish Bar and Grille The Dogfish Bar and Grille, Portland, ME The Dogfish Bar and Grille, Portland, ME
The Mutineers @ Dream Away Dream Away, Becket, MA Dream Away, Becket, MA
The Mutineers @ Pet Shop Pet Shop, Jersey City, NJ Pet Shop, Jersey City, NJ
The Mutineers @ Dangerously Delicious Pies Dangerously Delicious Pies, Baltimore, MD Dangerously Delicious Pies, Baltimore, MD
The Mutineers @ The Pie Shop The Pie Shop, Washington, D.C. The Pie Shop, Washington, D.C.
The Mutineers @ The Pompei Lounge The Pompei Lounge, Staunton, VA The Pompei Lounge, Staunton, VA

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