“God, Country, Grave” closes the A side of Mutts‘ powerful sophomore LP, Separation Anxiety. With director Jim Sikora, the Chicago trio recently recorded the track’s music video at Lakeview’s L&L Tavern, and we are thrilled to host its national premiere right here.
Mutt’s frontman, Mike Maimone, shared with us some insight into the track earlier this week via e-mail:
“When people look to religious or political leaders for answers, they get complacent, forgetting that permanent progress has to start with personal resolve. It’s another example of Separation Anxiety on this record, that many of us believe the means to make real changes in our own lives is something external to ourselves. The paradox in trying to help someone with this disconnect is that I can’t ever really help.”
“Director Jim Sikora approached us about shooting a video for this song, with a pretty clear idea of the plot, location, and actors all lined up. Since it didn’t involve us doing anything other than playing music and drinking in arguably the best dive bar in Chicago all afternoon, we were all about it.”
You can catch Mutts around the Midwest through the end of the month playing shows in Missouri, Ohio, Indiana, Wisconsin, and Illinois, including tonight at Mike ‘N’ Molly’s in Champaign. Check out their events page for more details.
Separation Anxiety is available on split colored, “Mending Wall,” vinyl for $14 though muttsmusic.com.