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Metavari performing at the Middle Waves Music Festival, 2016.jpg
Metavari performing at the Middle Waves Music Festival, 2016
Background information
Origin Fort Wayne, Indiana, United States
Genres Electronic, Downtempo, Ambient, Synthwave, Post-rock
Years active 2008–Present
Labels One Way Static Records, Mind Over Matter Records, Crossroads of America Records, Friend of Mine Records

Metavari is an American electronic music project led by Nathaniel David Utesch in Fort Wayne, Indiana.[1]


From 2008-2012, Metavari released two EP's, one full-length, and showcased at the SXSW Music Festival in Austin, TX as a post-rock oriented full band.[2][3] During this time the band shared the stage with many notable acts in the post-rock genre including This Will Destroy You, Maserati, Tortoise, The Appleseed Cast, Lymbyc Systym and other indie groups such as Bear In Heaven, Anamanaguchi and Titus Andronicus.[3]

Metavari launched a Kickstarter in 2012 to fund the release of their sophomore full-length.[4] The record was eventually materialized in 2015 with Nathaniel David Utesch as primary composer and producer,[5][1] saw their departure from the post-rock genre,[6] and was Metavari's debut as an electronic music project.[7] The crowd-sourced LP is titled, Moonless, and was self-released February 2015.[8]

Since 2015, Metavari has released two records with Mind Over Matter Records (Los Angeles);[1] Oh Diane in September 2015;[9] and Tetra A.D. in February 2017.[10] "Oh Diane" is a tribute to the television series, Twin Peaks, and was featured on the compilation, The Next Peak, Vol III.[11]

Metavari re-scored Fritz Lang’s Metropolis as a commission from Fort Wayne, Indiana’s Cinema Center for Art House Theater Day 2016.[12] The re-score was released worldwide on One Way Static Records for Record Store Day 2017, and distributed in the United States by Light in the Attic Records.[13][14]


In addition to Nathaniel, live shows are often accompanied by the bassist from Metavari’s original line-up, Ty Brinneman.[15]

List of past and present members and collaborators:

  • Nathaniel David Utesch — synths, vocals, programming, alto saxophone, drums[1]
  • Ty Brinneman — bass guitar
  • Tommy Cutter — guitar, programming[16]
  • Simon Lesser — guitar[16]
  • Andrew McComas — drums, guitar[17]
  • Kyle Steury — guitar, synths, programming[8]



  • Be One of Us and Hear No Noise (2009, Crossroads of America Records)
  • Be One of Us and Hear No Noise (Extended Edition) (2009, Friend of Mine Records)
  • Moonless (2015, Vital Shores)[18]
  • Metropolis (An Original Re-Score by Metavari) (2017, One Way Static Records)[13]
  • Symmetri (2017, One Way Static Records)[19]


  • Ambling EP (2008, Self-Released)
  • Studies vol.1: Loosen the Bands (2010, Crossroads of America Records)
  • Tetra A.D. (2017, Mind Over Matter Records)[10]


  • "Heavy Love" (2014, Vital Shores)[20]
  • "See Again" (2014, Vital Shores)[21]
  • "Oh Diane" b/w "Josie's Lament (Mill Fire)" (2015, Mind Over Matter Records)[11][9]
  • "Indigo" (2016, Vital Shores)[22]
  • "Messages" (2017, One Way Static Records)[23]
  • "Witchhunt feat. Daniel Weyandt" (2017, One Way Static Records)[24]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d "MFT :: Interview: Metavari". Musical Family Tree. Retrieved 2017-03-13. 
  2. ^ "Metavari Band Interview: Studies (w/ SXSW Video Series)". music art film review - REDEFINE magazine. 2010-04-19. Retrieved 2017-03-13. 
  3. ^ a b "Metavari - Press Resources". Retrieved 2017-03-13. 
  4. ^ "Metavari is making a record: "Gravity is Still Everywhere"". Kickstarter. Retrieved 2017-03-13. 
  5. ^ "Metavari Band Interview: Black as Midnight on a Moonless Night". music art film review - REDEFINE magazine. 2015-03-03. Retrieved 2017-03-13. 
  6. ^ "Moonless +1 (1CD Japanese Edition, Bonus Track) White Noise Records". Retrieved 2017-03-13. 
  7. ^ "Chart Discovery: Metavari And Oh Wonder | CMJ | Column". CMJ. 2015-02-27. Retrieved 2017-03-13. 
  8. ^ a b "Metavari's Moonless Journey". jhubner73. 2015-02-20. Retrieved 2017-03-13. 
  9. ^ a b "Metavari teaming up with Mind Over Matter for new 7". Retrieved 2017-03-13. 
  10. ^ a b Coplen, Katherine. "Listen to Metavari's new release Tetra A.D. before their release show on Friday". NUVO. Retrieved 2017-03-13. 
  11. ^ a b "Sneak Preview: Metavari's "Oh Diane" From The Next Peak Vol III, A Retro Synth Tribute To Twin Peaks (Video)". 2015-02-16. Retrieved 2017-03-13. 
  12. ^ "Scoring The Silence". Retrieved 2017-05-02. 
  13. ^ a b "One Way Static". One Way Static. Retrieved 2017-05-02. 
  14. ^ "Metavari - Metropolis (An Original Re-Score by Metavari) | Light In The Attic Records". Light In The Attic Records. Retrieved 2017-05-02. 
  15. ^ "Scoring The Silence". Retrieved 2017-03-13. 
  16. ^ a b "Metavari - Be One Of Us And Hear No Noise". Discogs. Retrieved 2017-03-13. 
  17. ^ "Hear No Noise". Retrieved 2017-03-13. 
  18. ^ "Moonless by Metavari". Midwest Action!. 2015-06-10. Retrieved 2017-03-13. 
  19. ^ "Metavari - Symmetri | Light In The Attic Records". Light In The Attic Records. Retrieved 2018-02-01. 
  20. ^ "Listen: Metavari - "Heavy Love" | Arctic Drones". Arctic Drones. 2014-11-03. Retrieved 2017-03-13. 
  21. ^ [2] Archived 2015-02-20 at the Wayback Machine.. Metavari Release New Single & Remixes.
  22. ^ "Metavari, "Indigo" | Video | Impose Magazine". Retrieved 2017-03-13. 
  23. ^ "Metavari announce new album, Symmetri; premiere single "Messages" | Midwest Action!". Midwest Action!. 2017-09-19. Retrieved 2018-02-02. 
  24. ^ "Watch This: "Witchhunt" by Metavari featuring Daniel Weyandt of Zao | Midwest Action!". Midwest Action!. 2017-10-18. Retrieved 2018-02-01.