Feb 20, 2017

Hideout. Chicago. Dexateens


We were lucky enough to get to play with Lee Bains III and the Glory Fires back in 2013.   We are thrilled to be playing with his old buddies the Dexateens this Friday at the Hideout.   Besides being fans of the band, we love the venue and have been looking forward to a chance to play here.

Doors are at 9:30.   10:00 R. Mutt, 11:00 Dexateens.

Come on out for some full volume rock and roll.

Hey man, is that Freedom Rock?

Quick update to everyone who has placed preorders. All digital orders should be filled with a link to where you can download the MP3, FLAC or WAV versions of the new record. CD's came in two weeks ago and we just finished shipping out all of the orders.

The LPs have been delayed a bit.   Right now we are waiting on the final test pressing for review and are hopeful we will be shipping in late March or early April.

Watch for updates on shows and additional merch coming soon, and in the mean time TURN IT UP!

Feb 10, 2017

Jamie on Drums

We really do have the good luck when it comes to drummers.  On the heels of mixing and mastering 2017's The Dash, Dave reached out to old pal Jamie Vanadia to see if he wanted to check out R. Mutt.    BAM!   Available and interested.   Vanadia played drums professionally for 10 years with Zen Lounge, Spirit Hour, and CopperMinds before starting his own sound business in Chicago.   Today Jamie concentrates on location recording, sound production, composition, film work and learning the R. Mutt back catalog.

Come on out to see him at our first shows in March and let him know how he is doing!

Jan 3, 2017

The Dash - Album Preview and Preorder

That is right kids, the record is wrapped up, mixed, mastered and off to manufacturing.   Barring any unforeseeable disasters at the Cleveland production plant, we should have LP and CD's in the mail to all preorders by mid March.   As promised we are going to be previewing songs, one or two a week, for the next two months leading up to our Shank Hall Gig with dada on March 1st.

"The Dash" is R. Mutt's 5th full length recording of original music.   The record marks the first studio appearance of both Dave Smolarek on guitar and Matt Schreier on drums, who are joined by the band's primary song writers and vocalists, Ron Thornton and Jim Dier.   The band enlisted the help of friends of the band Jamie Kane and Michael Stodola for some key lyrics.

This album presents a more aggressive and emotional sound than recent releases due in no small part to the creative direction and prodding of producer, Kevin Blackwell.  Kevin signed on to be producer/collaborator/den mother upon his move from Portland to Milwaukee.   Kevin also called in his good friend and mix engineer Chet Lyster (The Eels, The Jayhawks, Lucinda Williams)  to put an edge on the sound not present in our past recordings.

So, in the space above we will be sharing the playlist of the new record. We will add a song or two to the playlist every week.   Keep visiting to hear the whole album.   If you just cannot wait to have it all, we are taking LP and CD preorders as well as digital download orders right now, which will grant you an immediate download of the entire album in the format of your choosing.

We hope you all like this record as much as we do.  Give her a listen, let us know what you think and see you at Shank Hall on March 1st.

Dec 1, 2016

First review for new record just in

While his list of reviewing credits may not be long, his opinion is not taken lightly.   Our producer's son, Grady Blackwell just named the title track of our forthcoming record one of his favorite things.  We are proud to be mentioned in the same company as cake, purple and Star Wars Legos.
Grady Blackwell's Best of list for 2016

Nov 17, 2016

New record mixing

Chet (\chĕt\): n - A masculine given name, often a nickname for Chester, which means fortress or camp.  

The Chet (\thə chĕt\):  prop. n - Name given to the current guitarist for the Jayhawks, longtime member of The Eels, sometimes guitarist for Lucinda Williams, and generally outstanding maker of music who took our songs from good to great.
Kevin Blackwell and Chet backstage at Turner Hall

What does Chet have to do with R. Mutt you ask?  Well, in addition to his many illustrious guitar slinging duties, he also happens to have some mad music mixing chops.   Kevin brought Chet to our project after working with him successfully on the last two Sassparilla records as well as Hillstomps' 2014 release, Portland, Ore.

Working remotely from his secret bunker in the Pacific Northwest, between legs of the current Jayhawks tour, Chet is being guided by Kevin to transform the audio bewailing that is R. Mutt into a mellifluous, auditory offering suitable for the ears of the masses.

We have not had the opportunity or pleasure of meeting Chet, but we are told he is generally enjoyable to be around.

Jul 4, 2016

"In short, I can play and I’m looking for other talented musicians."

In October of 2011, on the heels of the release of Leash on Life, R. Mutt placed an ad titled "Seeking Drummer."  Our first reply was from Matt Schreier.   He was brief, and to the point:
"I am a 41 year-old drummer, live in Crystal Lake and have been playing drums since I was a kid.  I’ve played everything from rock, blues, rockabilly/swing, jazz, country and metal. I’ve played out in venues ranging from a few drunk locals in a dive bar to crowded outdoor festivals in the summer. In short, I can play and I’m looking for other talented musicians.  Matt"
He showed up at our practice space, set up his kit and it took all of 45 seconds of playing together for us to know we had found our new drummer.  

This month Matt learned that his job is relocating him to the East Coast.   We have been lucky to have performed at Summerfest, Schuba's, Shank Hall, and to share the stage with the likes of Ike Reilly, Two Cow Garage, Stereoactive, and Lee Bains.  

Matt is an incredible drummer and about one of the best guys you could ever hope to hang with.   We are excited for our upcoming album that features Matt as part of the line up shown above.

Everyone from the extended R. Mutt family wishes Matt and his family the best on their new adventure and, R. Mutt is again, "Seeking Drummer."
Dave, Jim, Ron and Matt