New single coming 4.11.2017
Release show 4.14.2017 at the Burlington, Chicago
Unreleased Mutts EP:
- WXRT Local Anesthetic Best of 2016
- 4 straight albums on CMJ Top 200 | SOLD OUT 4 vinyl & 2 CD pressings
- Averaging over 100 tour dates/year including:
- Riot Fest (Chicago), FEST (Gainesville), Summerfest x2 (Milwaukee), SXSW x2 (Austin), Midpoint Music Festival (Cincinnati), Musikfest (Philadelphia), Mile of Music 1 – 4 (Appleton)
- Headlined the Metro, sold out Schubas (Chicago), booked repeatedly at: Rockwood Music Hall (NYC), IOTA Cafe (Arlington), High Noon Saloon (Madison), The Five Spot & The Basement (Nashville) & more
- Direct Support for: Imagine Dragons, Local H, Murder By Death, Maps & Atlases, JD McPherson, PHOX, Astronautalis, Cracker, Two Cow Garage
- Over 30k Followers among social media channels, newsletter & Bandsintown
- Click here to download a stats breakdown by market.
- Daytrotter 2016 | Daytrotter 2013
- Audiotree Live x4
- Red Bull Sound Select
- Album Object Permanence named to WXRT Chicago’s Best of 2013
- Song God, Country, Grave featured in Banshee on Cinemax
Click here to visit our publishing site with 70+ tracks indexed and tagged
Single released 8.1.16, played on WXRT & Q101 Chicago, WFPK Louisville, & in Wrigley Field during Cubs World Series playoff run
Single released 11.1.16, played on WXRT, Local “Best of 2016,” video featured on WXRT website
- Bob Buckstaff – Electric & Double Bass, Guitar
- Mike Maimone – Keyboards, Vocals
- Ian Tsan – Drums
Chicago’s Mutts are a keys/bass/drums trio described as “like Tom Waits fronting a garage band” by Time Out Magazine.
Mutts frontman Mike Maimone is a homosexual singer/songwriter who was raised in rural Ohio by conservative Catholic parents. With a family history of mental illness including in his immediate family, he spent a lot of time in therapist waiting rooms. When the under-funded public schools in Ashtabula were consolidating and slashing programs, he shipped off to boarding school. There, he balanced being an all-state athlete, playing against the likes of LeBron James, with an appreciation for fine arts – including the writings of Robert Frost, who’s poem “Mending Wall” inspired an entire album. He balanced his talent on the piano and love of sports, until failing to make the football team at Notre Dame. Then he focused his free time on playing in bands, and began using the stage for both mental and physical catharses. It was also at Notre Dame that Maimone first began to consciously suspect his sexuality. However, given his background and surroundings, he harshly suppressed any feelings – and as a result began suffering from paranoia and recurring nightmares.
Graduating with honors and a business degree, he quickly walked away from corporate America after witnessing greed and corruption first hand. His decision to play music full-time was supported, but viewed as a phase by his family. After several band breakups, Maimone remained resolved. He began taking voice lessons so that he could sing the songs he wrote and front a band, not just play keys. Along with multi-instrumentalist Bob Buckstaff, he started Mutts. This was their release from years of working for other people in music and otherwise. They would book studio time with friends and craft Maimone’s ideas into songs with tape rolling, ashtrays filling, and beer cans emptying. They set out to defy genres and offer something unique – a piano-based band that was more Queens of the Stone Age than Ben Folds Five, with a singer that was more Tom Waits than Billy Joel, and socially-charged songs inspired by John Lennon and Randy Newman.
Finding himself finally in a more accepting lifestyle, in his mid-20’s Maimone finally opened up and began dating men. He is now engaged to be married (date TBA). Again, his personal growth and emergence was met with mixed reactions. His Catholic parents will not allow the ceremony to take place in a church. To them a homosexual union is not a sacrament and therefore cannot be called a “marriage.”
Maimone has seemingly been a lot of people in his years – athlete, scholar, gay, straight, country boy, metropolitan man, conservative, liberal, etc. Through his songwriting he aims to filter all of these experiences into eclectic music that relates to all different people, helping us realize the commonality between even the most disparate of individuals.
The harm that the Trump administration is already doing hits extremely close to home – slashing public school funding, threatening the health insurance and medicaid that his family relies on to try and ameliorate mental illnesses, pandering to the corporations that have repeatedly proven themselves untrustworthy of self-regulation, and evoking a general spirit of division and inequality. Juxtaposing this despair and anger with a new engagement, Maimone’s songwriting process has been in overdrive. Dozens of new songs are ready to record, with many more in formation.
In 2017 Mutts have already finished a 5-track EP, release date TBD (streaming above). Two of the songs were released as singles in late 2016. “Let’s Go” received radio play on influential stations such as WXRT Chicago and WFPK Louisville, and was played in Wrigley Field during the Chicago Cubs’ historic World Series run. “Neighbor” addresses the current divisive political climate, encouraging unity through the video that Maimone directed, which was featured on the WXRT website and contributed to Mutts making the WXRT Local Anesthetic Best-of list for the 2nd time.
Management: Craig Tiede | email@example.com
Band: Mike Maimone | (440) 813-5376 | firstname.lastname@example.org