Ten days ago on Saturday, Aug. 4, the electro-goth group Mute Grey played at the Annex, opening a show that also featured Planet Struct, Mr. Slate, and the only local summer show by Flat Atom. Formed more than four years ago, Mute Grey is a Madison-based quintet that focuses on delivering a sound the group describes as "dark, beautiful, and emotional."
Also among the songs played by Mute Grey was a cover of the Tears for Fears' 1982 classic "Mad World" -- a slow, sorrowful interpretation of the type popularized by Michael Andrews and Gary Jules in their version created for Donnie Darko in 2001. A live concert video of this performance follows below.
Several other songs performed by Mute Grey at this show are also available online for viewing, including "One in the Same" (here), "Splinter" (herehere), and "Hush" (here). The latter two, both new compositions by the band, are also available for listening on their MySpace page. Most of these songs, including the cover of "Mad World," will be included on their forthcoming EP. Last Sunday, the band kicked off a week of recording at DNA Studios, with plans for an early September release.
There's only one chance to see Mute Grey live in Madison over the next couple of months. The band plays with Fragile Utopia at Murphy's Tavern on Friday, Aug. 17, the only currently scheduled local show until late October.