photo by Brad Heaton
Last week we first heard the news that arguably one of the best drummers around, Darren King, has left his band of 15 years, Mutemath. The official statement from lead signer of the band and now-last remaining founding member, Paul Meany, left everyone shocked and confused:
“This is not easy, but I have to announce today that Darren King has decided to leave the band and as of now, will no longer be performing with Mutemath. I can’t believe what I’m typing, but it is reality. I can promise you that we’ve worked relentlessly at trying to find a solution for an unbelievably challenging situation, but for now, I can only ask that everyone please give us the benefit of the doubt…”
Although the reasoning behind DK’s departure from the band wasn’t included in the statement, many blame the new style of sound the band has been producing, saying that Darren’s presence on the last album was incredibly overshadowed, possibly pushing his departure.
photo by Sam Deen Productions
And not only does his exit hold the question “Why?” but also “How will the band continue?” Well, the upcoming tour and album expected to release in September will all still happen with David Hutchison taking King’s place on the drums.
“It is out of complete love and respect for all of you who have committed time and resources to this band that we’d like to offer you our willingness to continue on and play our upcoming US and European shows. We’ve called on the only other drummer I’m confident to take the stage with to bring our songs to life, and he has graciously accepted and is currently rehearsing non-stop to properly honor the amazing work Darren has contributed to this band. I’m proud to say our dear friend, and stellar New Orleans drummer, David “Hutch” Hutchison has cleared his schedule to join us on the road for the rest of the year to make sure this new album and tour are represented top notch.
Mark my words, the Play Dead Live show will be INSANE, and our fifth studio album will still be released on 9/8 as scheduled. We’re eternally grateful for all of you and look forward to seeing you soon. So many of you have been there with us through thick and thin, and I can’t thank you enough.”
I’m actually pretty bummed about this. I had plans to see Mutemath again a couple of times within the next few months, one of the shows being at Austin City Limits. It is hard to imagine Mutemath without the iconic, duct-taping headphones to his head, drummer, and shows certainly won’t be the same without DK. Hutchison has some pretty big shoes to fill, but Meany seems certain that his performance will not disappoint.