Chicago’s Mutts are a keys/bass/drums trio who have been described as “Tom Waits fronting a garage band” by Time Out Magazine, and “what Queens Of The Stone Age would sound like if they ditched the guitars and started playing some dirty sounding organs” by Loud Loop Press.
But wait just one minute. On their 3rd LP – Object Permanence, out April 2nd, 2013 – the gritty trio sheds all amplification and goes clean. This is quite the risky move for a band that wasn’t easily categorized to begin with. The album immediately charted on the cmj Top 200, becoming their third independent release to do so in just 2 years. Mutts supported the release with appearances on Daytrotter, national TV, live radio performances, and over 150 tour dates, including Midpoint Music Fest (Cincinnati), Do Division Fest (Chicago), Mile of Music Fest (Appleton), and opening for Murder By Death, Maps & Atlases and more.
Just eight months earlier, Mutts released their second LP – Separation Anxiety – on August 2, 2012. This dark and diverse album received immediate praise for addressing Maimone’s coming out to his conservative Catholic family. Separation Anxiety is Mutts' highest-charting album for radio, peaking at #72 over it’s six week run on the Top 200. The song God, Country, Grave is featured in the Cinemax series "Banshee," and included on the Season 2 soundtrack.
Mutts released their debut album, Pray for Rain, on December 13th, 2011. It charted for six consecutive weeks on the CMJ Top 200, peaking at #107 twice. It was named one of the top Chicago albums of 2011 by The Huffington Post, and received praise in national magazines Alternative Press, The Big Takeover and The Deli, who named Mutts "Chicago’s Emerging Artist of 2011."
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