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On the 3rd Mutts LP, the gritty trio from Chicago sheds amplification and goes clean. This risky move just makes sense for a band that wasn’t easily categorized to begin with.
The album quickly climbed the CMJ Top 200, becoming their third independent release to chart in just 2 years. Mutts supported the album with appearances on Daytrotter, national TV, independent and commercial radio, and over 150 tour dates including Midpoint Music Fest (Cincinnati), Do Division Fest (Chicago), Mile of Music Fest (Appleton), Muncie Music Fest (Muncie) opening for Murder by Death, Maps & Atlases, Phox, Dax Riggs, Company of Thieves and more.
The Big Takeover Magazine
Object is front-loaded with the band's bread and butter: four rollicking New Orleans barrelhouse blues/R&B and ragtime numbers. Early-going ditties like the jaunty, drunken sing-along "No One Left" and the carnival-like romp "If It's Hot It'll Sell" – a poke at mindless consumerism – showcase Maimone's phlegm-expelling, larynx-shredding, propane-gargling howl and sprightly, deep-toned piano/organ playing (he's joined on "If It's Hot" by Lying Delilah's soulful vocalist Jodi Rosenthal).
The album unexpectedly shifts gears from there, adopting a relaxed, late-night smoke-filled jazz/lounge ambience for most of its final two-thirds. The stunning, sentimental standout “Prizefighter” is indeed a prize, finding the hardened Maimone reluctantly absolving a straying girlfriend. On it, his still-hoarse, yet suddenly heartbreaking voice and gorgeous piano melody is accentuated by Hemmingbirds leader Yoo Soo Kim’s sad, swelling viola. - Mark Suppanz
Nashville Scene Magazine
Chicago trio Mutts' nimble, funky rhythm section, with Bob Buckstaff on the low notes and Chris Pagnani behind the kit, would be entertaining to watch on its own, but throw in growling, keyboard-wielding frontman Mike Maimone, and you've got a monster on your hands.
Object Permanence sees them unplugging their amps and digging into their jazz and blues roots, with Buckstaff scaling back to an upright bass and Maimone focusing on grand piano and organ. Comparisons to Tom Waits are inevitable, but more than just approximating one of Waits' styles or inhabiting one of his many characters, the band members use their own skills and world-weariness to develop an original take starting from Maimone’s perspective, from the bouncing "If It's Hot It'll Sell" to the pointed New Orleans R&B number "Pray Like a Vigilante" to the smoke-wafting closer "Uncivilized." - Stephen Traseger
Mutts lead singer Mike Maimone seems like a man who can go from resting, from sitting on the couch experiencing little to nothing, to suddenly having his brain and everything connected to it light up like the Las Vegas Strip, like all of the pull machines and marquees hitting jackpots... He goes from zero to a hundred quicker than most... He'll just throw that barroom piano over into the corner of the room and rowdily bang on it as the flames climb the walls and get into the ceiling, where they can really begin their engulfment.
Mutts music embraces the inner turmoil, the things that are striven for, the ways that we fall short, the ways we're let down, as well as the few things that spark us back onto the right track, even if those are the rare moments, the briefest of comebacks. - Sean Moeller
released April 2, 2013
Produced by Mutts
Mike Maimone - Piano, B3 Organ, Vocals
Bob Buckstaff - Upright Bass
Chris Pagnani - Drums, Percussion
Recorded and Mixed by Manny Sanchez at the IV Lab
Mastered by Jason Ward at Chicago Mastering
Photography by Jess Price
4 & 10: Jodi Rosenthal of Lying Delilah (lyingdelilah.com
5 & 10: Yoo Soo Kim of Hemmingbirds (hemmingbirds.com
1 & 8: Ben Babbitt of This is Cinema (vimeo.com/45698989
All songs performed and arranged by Mutts
Words and Music by Mike Maimone (ASCAP)
except 2 Words by Maimone/Buckstaff
(p) 2012 Mile Too Far Music (ASCAP)
(c) 2012 Mutts Music, LLC