For this month’s ChicagoVerseUniteD cover story, every day in January will preview a different local artist’s plans for 2011. Today: Mutts!
Chicago blues-punk outfit Mutts may have only dropped their latest EP The Tells of Parallels this past October, but the group is already looking ahead at multiple releases for 2011. On the vinyl front is a is a 7″ set to appear in the spring, as well as a possible compilation of the band’s previous EPs on one digital and limited run wax release. Looking further ahead, the act anticipates a winter release for a full length effort, with vocalist Mike Maimon promising CVU “with more room for expression on a full-length, we’re going to show that we can write more than just barn-burners. On our EPs, we would get off tour and hit the studio for a cathartic 3-day session knowing that whatever we came up with would be it. So that excitement and sense of urgency translated into the music. Now that we’ve got those 14 songs out there, we’re taking time to play together without recording and explore whatever elements feel best. So far a few songs have gone in a heavy soulful, manic-gospel-blues direction, and others have gone further down the road that (Parallels track) “Terranaut” put us on, with big dynamic swings and sludgy King Crimson-like riffs as well.”
Though the band’s new releases may still be a ways off, the act’s next live event, a free show at Double Door on Tuesday, January 18th, is considerably more immediate. Prepare for that with free downloads of the group’s catalogue, or preview the live version of “Terranaut” below.