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Mute Cities Opens Movin’ On 2015 With A Bang

Mute Cities kicked off Movin’ On 2015 this afternoon, and they certainly didn’t disappoint. The Battle of the Bands victors took the B Stage by storm. Mute Cities powered through its recently released EP and kept the crowd engaged the whole time. With great vocals and an intimate crowd, the band seemed to be right at home on perhaps the largest stage — both literally and figuratively — they have performed on.

Their set was very clean with more and more people rolling up as the excitement built for the spring festival. By the time it was all said and done, over 100 people were there to watch the local band perform, highly surpassing the crowd for Lenina Crowne, the opener for Movin’ On 2014. Throughout the performance, the Mute Cities band members kept calm and collected. With smiles on their faces the whole time, you could really see the appreciation in their eyes for the great turn out.

Mute Cities Kills it (5 of 15)
Photo: Jack Lukow

They went to work with a highly energized set, playing original songs like “Salt,” “Wide Awake,” “Monster,” and “Goliath.” They ran through their whole EP, showcasing their unique sound and well-rehearsed music. I really can’t get over their stage presence. They were living right in the moment, and were just so appreciative to be playing the music they love.

They threw in a surprise cover of Ludacris’ “What’s Your Fantasy,” which was highly impressive and got the crowd really moving. Mute Cities is not your average local band. Their talent and passion is evident in the way they carry themselves and perform. They added a unique twist by showcasing light-up guitars. The keyboard playing was exceptional and so were drums and standout bassist, Jon Callan. All in all, their strength was in their unity. You can tell they are all friends and love playing together through their music.

Mute Cities takes on a very heavy approach to alternative rock. Very similar to Two Door Cinema Club, they also add in a unique flair that keeps their music fresh and exciting. Another good comparison is an indie rock band by the name of Bombay Bicycle Club. Both have great instrumentation and vocals that are both soft and heavy at the same time. I can’t wait to see Mute Cities to evolve and grow bigger as they get more recognition. They have a lot to look forward to as a talented, young band, and I wouldn’t be surprised if they blow up at some point.

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About the Author

Ben Rappaport

is a junior English and Journalism major at Penn State. He loves spending way too much money on concerts and music festivals. Ben can usually be found walking around campus listening to Kanye West. A fun fact about him is he once was resuscitated from unconsciousness by Pusha T's verse on the song "Mercy." Feel free to contact him at [email protected] or follow him on twitter at @Benrappp.


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