These lovely men here (plus the drummer Darren King who was tucked in the corner to the right) make up Mutemath, and I had the privilege of seeing them for the first time last night. My roommate and I drove two and a half hours to Waco for the show, and it was well worth the long drive and the crazy late night we had by the time we made it home. The show was at a coffee shop/music venue right on the campus of Baylor University. For you Dentonites reading, it was a very similar space to Art Six with a slightly bigger backyard with a small stage. We got to the venue an hour before the show started to find an already packed space. And while I enjoyed the funky, college town, house-turned-coffee-shop vibe, there were flaws. The stage was very low, and even from the porch where I was standing, I couldn’t see anything beyond the backs of the tall people in front of me for both opening bands and the first four or five songs Mutemath played. I realize it’s petty to complain about things like that, but I was actually kind of bummed to have gone all the way to Waco to see a show I wouldn’t actually be able to see. I stood on my toes as they made their entrance, in true Mutemath style, drumming through the crowd and up to the stage. The concert gods smiled upon me and eventually the people standing directly in front of me left and I had a decent view of the band for most of the show. They played a full two hour set that really found its stride (in my opinion) when the band played “Noticed” and we got to see a beautiful on-stage proposal. Maybe I’m just a sap, but it was great, and after that the show really took off. Okay, I guess it might have been because they saved all of my favorites and their crazy stunts for the second half of the show. I can honestly say I’ve never seen a musician crowd surf on a giant inflatable mattress. In my photographs it looks like Paul Meany is landing a space ship. The show was even more incredible than I thought it would be. I’ll keep an eye out for a video of last night’s show to share with you guys. In the mean time, go watch videos of Darren King being insane(ly amazing), go listen to Mutemath, go to a show if you ever get a chance, and check out a few of the pictures I snapped from last night.