Stick Together, the bold new EP from Chicago’s Mutts is out now and available everywhere including for purchase at iTunes and Bandcamp, and for streaming at Spotify and Apple Music among others.
The band also unveiled the heartfelt and compelling new video for the song “I’ll Be Around”. The video was directed by Mutts’ leader Mike Maimone, who is openly gay and had this to say about the meaning and conception behind it: “Coming out can be terrifying. Growing up Catholic, I went into a dark place when I first started to realize I was gay. I closed myself off from people I thought would take issue with it. Some of that ended up being justified, but overall, opening up has allowed me to live a more fulfilling and less exhausting life. I wanted to make a music video that could symbolize the process of getting to this better place. I asked a few of my gay and lesbian friends if they’d act in it, and called all of the churches I could find to see if I could get a Christian representation in the mix. Although for a long time I blamed my religion for my negative feelings and isolation, the principles of love and acceptance are in there. It’s just certain people that pollute the core message. So I wanted to make sure I included that side of the story.”
An incendiary vocalist and keyboardist, Mike Maimone can be described as Tom Waits possessed by Jerry Lee Lewis fronting The Sonics, with an enormous voice that can run from heartbreakingly sensitive up to a rousing, towering howl. The five songs on Stick Together are a sort of call to arms, showing the band in a decidedly more upbeat and inspirational mood after some trying times for them personally, and during what we’re all experiencing together under the current cloud of political turmoil. All this directly addressed in the songs and recently-released videos for “Neighbor” (a duet with Jennifer Hall), “Tin Foil Hat”, and the massive anthem “Let’s Go” which was played regularly at Wrigley Field during the Cubs’ 2016 World Series run.
Also of note, Mike will playing keys in the Company of Thieves reunion tour this month and will be performing solo opening sets on several of those dates, all while mixing in some Mutts full-band shows during and after that tour.