Mutemath, sometimes styled as MuteMath or MUTEMATH, is an American alternative rock band from New Orleans that formed in 2003. The group consists of lead vocalist and keyboardist Paul Meany, drummer Darren King, guitarist Todd Gummerman, and bassist Roy Mitchell-Cárdenas, but they often perform on any mixture or variation of these instruments. They draw heavily from influences in 1960s and 1970s soul, psychedelic rock, and jam band styles, utilizing vintage guitars and amplifiers, as well as Rhodes keyboards, synthesizers, and other electronic instruments such as the keytar.
Mutemath has resisted being classified as a Christian band, even suing their record label Warner Brothers over being marketed as such. Paul Meany stated in an interview in 2006 that if his previous band Earthsuit (a Christian act) “inspired anything, it was what not to do.” Drummer Darren King has also stated that he does not consider the band to be Christian.
The band does acknowledge that there are Christian themes in their music – Meany stated that the idea for the album Odd Soul was “loosely based on our upbringing in what I guess you could call eccentric Christianity”, and King further explains that they wanted to celebrate “their weird religious roots”. Rolling Stone has also noted this connection, calling them “kinda sorta a Christian rock band”.