Portland’s own The Mutineers are set to release their new EP in the coming weeks before embarking on their Portland to Portland Tour. On this tour, they will make stops in Portland (of course), Boise, Crescent City, and more. A list of Northwest dates is included below. Tour information, including tickets, can be found here.
A lot of great music has been coming out of the Pacific Northwest lately. Portland-based Americana – grit rock duo THE MUTINEERS are here to prove it. They have announced ‘Couldn’t Get Over You’ as the lead single from their new ‘Threshold’ EP, which releases on September 14.
This single has premiered in NYC’s Big Takeover Magazine, who say The Mutineers have “a winning formula” with “one foot firm in Americana camp and one in old time rock n’ roll. A familiar warm feeling comes as with many Elvis Presley songs and some of the more mellow output by The White Stripes, though this track could easily fit in the final club scene that ended David Lynch’s recent season of ‘Twin Peaks’. Excellent, harmonious, sincere and catchy”.
Ahead of releasing their new five-track ‘Threshold’ EP and launching a busy 2018 national tour schedule, The Mutineers present the first single from this EP. ‘Couldn’t Get Over You’, a pleasantly wistful offering guided by a longing feeling and lulling melodic line.
A bit earlier, they unveiled the new video for ‘Drug For That’, filmed and directed by California-based photographer and visual artist Clovis IV. The track, previously released on ‘Live At B-Side’, will be offered as a bonus track on a special Bandcamp edition of the EP.
Based in Portland, Oregon, The Mutineers are a rock n roll husband-wife duo with country leanings and punk rock tendencies. With Brian Mathusek on guitar and Merry Young on drums, the couple share vocal duties. Sounding like a cross between Johnny and June with John Doe and Exene, and a bit of Nick Cave and PJ Harvey, their sound esthetic is influenced by such artists as Bruce Springsteen, X, Nick Cave, Loretta Lynn, and Elvis Presley.
“This was written specifically for Merry’s voice. I wrote the first draft of lyrics and she sculpted it to fit her style. Her world-weary delivery is the perfect backdrop to the story. The song contemplates the dual feelings of helplessness and power inside a co-dependent relationship,” says Brian Mathusek.
“The singer is struggling with self-confidence and self-consciousness. She can not decide if she has been too open or not open enough. I think everyone has someone in their life that they can’t stand, but also can’t live without, whether it’s a lover or a family member or a friend. Knowing when to cut someone off is very difficult. By the end of our song, the narrator has given up and given in to this cycle of love and hate, another lost soul.”
PORTLAND TO PORTLAND TOUR DATES
Sept. 13 – La Grande, OR – Ten Depot St
Sept. 14 – Boise, ID – The Funky Taco for EP RELEASE SHOW
Sept. 15 – Salt Lake City, UT – Private Event
Nov. 9 – Crescent City, CA – Port O’Pints Brewing
Nov. 10 – Portland, OR – TBD