Armistice (album)

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Armistice
Studio album by Mutemath
Released August 5, 2009
Recorded New Orleans, Louisiana
Genre Alternative rock, post-rock[1][2]
Length 48:58
Label Teleprompt Records
Warner Bros. Records
Warner Music Japan
Megaphon Germany
Producer Mutemath, Dennis Herring
Mutemath chronology
Spotlight EP
(2009)
Armistice
(2009)
Armistice Live
(2010)
Singles from Armistice
  1. "Spotlight"
    Released: February 10, 2009
  2. "The Nerve"
    Released: June 2009
  3. "Backfire"
    Released: September 2009
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 70/100[3]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Alternative Press 8/10 stars[3]
Paste 4.6/10[2]
PopMatters 7/10 stars[4]

Armistice is the second full-length album by Mutemath, released on August 18, 2009.

Recording[edit]

During the recording of the album, short videos have been posted to the band's YouTube profile. These videos document the work going on in the studio, including street interviews where New Orleans locals are shown samples of the album (which cannot be heard in the video), recording their reactions. Any clips of actual music from the new album are presented in such a way that they only hint at what the album will eventually sound like.[5]

History[edit]

On April 4, 2008, Goodwin Films announced they were working on a documentary film about the making of Mutemath's new record. No further details have been announced regarding the release of the film.[6]

On August 2, 2008, in an interview with The Morning Call, band member Paul Meany spoke about the new record. "We want to keep it in the oven and make sure things are ready to go," says Meany. "Anyone who thinks first album is perfect will hate this [new] record. If you heard the first record and liked some stuff about it [but] think things could improve, you may like it. It's important for us to change up the formula. We thought we were writing [the new album] for the last 2½ years on the road, but found out we weren't. We just started three months ago."[7]

On January 14, 2009, Darren King said in an interview that after a break for the holidays, they would "get back to recording in hopes of having everything done in March so that the album can come out in August. It has taken way longer than we would have ever imagined but we’re just not done with it yet." Additionally, he mentioned that the album was Mutemath's first album which involved collaboration among all four members of the band.[8]

The title for the sophomore record was confirmed as Armistice on May 27, 2009 in an interview on InsideBayArea.com and then confirmed on the same day on the Mutemath forums[9][10] Teleprompt Records and Warner Bros. Records made a joint press release on June 9, 2009 announcing the details of the album release including the name Armistice, album cover, and track listing, as well as the official US release date of August 18.[11]

A special tour package of the Armistice album was released including a ticket to a Mutemath concert with "first-in-line" access, an invitation to an exclusive listening party held in advance of the album's release, a T-shirt, a lithograph, and a digital download of the Armistice album. The package also includes digital downloads of the single "The Nerve" as well as B-side recordings "Valium" and "Armistice (2nd Line version)" featuring Rebirth Brass Band.

Commercial response[edit]

Armistice debuted at no. 18 on the Billboard 200, with over 18,000 units sold in the first week. The album also charted at no. 4 on Billboard Rock charts and no. 3 on the Billboard Digital Albums and Billboard Alternative Albums charts the same week.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "The Nerve"   2:58
2. "Backfire"   3:22
3. "Clipping"   4:05
4. "Spotlight"   3:21
5. "No Response"   4:01
6. "Pins and Needles"   4:05
7. "Goodbye"   4:09
8. "Odds"   3:01
9. "Electrify"   3:49
10. "Armistice"   3:54
11. "Lost Year"   3:13
12. "Burden"   9:06

Release history[edit]

Region Date
Japan August 5, 2009
United States August 18, 2009

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Andrew Leahey. "Armistice - MUTEMATH | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards | AllMusic". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved August 6, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Gray Chapman. "Mutemath: Armistice :: Music :: Reviews :: Paste". Paste. Retrieved August 6, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Armistice Reviews - Metacritic". Metacritic. Retrieved August 6, 2013. 
  4. ^ Ross Langager. "Mute Math: Armistice | PopMatters". PopMatters. Retrieved August 6, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Mutemath's Youtube profile". July 2008. 
  6. ^ "Shooting Mutemath in Nashville". Goodwin Films. April 4, 2008. 
  7. ^ "Buzz grows louder for Mutemath". The Morning Call. August 2, 2008. 
  8. ^ "Exclusive Mutemath and Jeremy Larson Interview". Metromix Ozarks. January 14, 2009. 
  9. ^ "New Orleans rock band MuteMath finally jelling". Inside Bay Area. May 27, 2009. 
  10. ^ "Album Title Released!". MuteMath.com. May 27, 2009. 
  11. ^ "MUTEMATH PREPARE TO LAUNCH "ARMISTICE" ON AUGUST 18, 2009". MySpace.com. June 9, 2009.