A friend of mine works for American University and was able to hook me up with a ticket to the 30 Seconds to Mars show from Bender Arena on campus last night. Since it was a last minute decision, we showed up for the tail-end of the second opening act's set. I wish we had gotten there sooner, Mutemath (pictured above) was disgustingly awesome.
Frontman Paul Meany's acrobatics on stage included some Rockstar Olympic Gold performances, hurdling over keyboards, band members, and the like. The big boom sound hit by drummer Darren King behind the set also dominated the Bender airwaves.
The percussion drumline break down sequence to close the set was spectacular and a musical force to be reckoned with. Not even Jared Leto's pretty face and pink mohawk could come close to toping Mutemath's memorizing stunt of a musical production.
[Writer's side note: Paul Meany has the James Dean of keytars. It's red, which signifies it's rebellious nature. Mix that with the sheer fact that it's quite the vintage piece of rock music instrumentation makes it equivalent to that of the likes of James Dean's red jacket from "Rebel Without A Cause" -- pure classic.]
So here's a battle (easily won by Mutemath, but I figured it was worth the watch for humor's sake) between "Typical" and "The Scientist" prompted by my friend showing me the "Typical" video in between Mutemath and 30 Seconds to Mars' sets.
You can choose for yourself, but I'm just gonna go ahead and call it here and now -- "Typical" wins.
Click here for "Typical" (Mutemath disabled the the embedding feature for the video, lo siento.)
And, for the "The Scientist", click here (embedding disabled).