Another band which started with much more humble roots is the band Mute Math, which started life with a little different line-up and quite different sound under the name Earthsuit.
Back in 2000, I first heard of the band because a friend at church got me the CD for Christmas. I had been going through a reggae phase in my musical life,and he felt I needed a little more diversity. He told me, “I know you’re into reggae, so I got you this band – they’re kind of reggae.”
Yes, Earthsuit is kind of reggae. They’re also kind of jazz, kind of rock, kind of rapcore, kind of funk, kind of electronica… kind of hard to describe.
Around the same time that Blyss and Jacobstone were beginning, Adam LaClave and Paul Meaney began performing together at Cafe Joel, a coffeehouse on Bourbon Street in New Orleans. They soon released the Headless Clown EP and added Roy Mitchell, David Hutchison, and Dave Rumsey to the band.
Earthsuit released only one major label release, Kaleidoscope Superior in 2000, but they gained a loyal fanbase through Christian radio play, sales of their album, and energized live performances.
When you find a new band, most will say that their music is “unlike anything else.” Earthsuit described themselves this way, but they were probably one of the few that could say it honestly. I’m not sure how to describe the music. It draws from rapcore, reggae, electronica, rock, and jazz to create something truly different.
Lyrically, the songs were much less ambiguous than Mute Math’s. The band was marketed by Sparrow as a Christian band to Christian bookstores and only played in Christian venues. From what it sounds like, members of the band were never happy with the way it worked out but would rather have been competing in a secular market rather than the Christian one.
In 2001, the band broke up. According to Wikipedia, Paul Meaney and Adam LaClave were just having a hard time writing lyrics that could match their vocal styles, so they decided to pursue their side projects instead. Paul Meaney and Roy Mitchell went on to create Mute Math, and Adam LaClave worked on Macrosick and Club of the Sons. I hope to see some full-length releases from Club of the Sons soon, but it sounds like Macrosick is out of commission for a while.
Enjoy these two songs from Earthsuit’s Kaleidoscope Superior album:
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