"Mutts lead singer Mike Maimone goes from zero to a hundred quicker than most.
He takes off on his rants. He removes his arms and starts hitting himself across the head with them. He questions that anyone around still gives a damn about him and his friends and loved ones, so the idea of just burning everything down and just taking in the love that damages pretty heavily anyway would be the best use of the time. He'll just throw that barroom piano over into the corner of the room and rowdily bang on it as the flames climb the walls and get into the ceiling, where they can really begin their engulfment.
Mutts music embraces the inner turmoil, the things that are striven for, the ways that we fall short, the ways we're let down, as well as the few things that spark us back onto the right track, even if those are the rare moments, the briefest of comebacks."
Sean Moeller, Daytrotter | Listen
Session Work Selections
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Company of Thieves
2009 – 2011
Black Me Out
Recorded & Mixed
Released on Artistic Integrity Records
Hemmingbirds, Bailiff, Los Colognes & More!
2008 – Present
Company of Thieves
Running From A Gamble (Wind-Up)
Piano, B3 Organ, Mellotron, Wurlitzer
Produced by Rob Schnapf
Vern Hester of the LGBT newspaper Windy City Times said, “The man has the keyboard style of Fats Waller and Jerry Lee Lewis combined, and a vocal style that clearly recalls Tom Waits and Warren Zevon. With him bouncing up and down, smacking the keys and growling like a jolly puppet who just lost its strings, it was pretty hard not to get engulfed in all the fun he was having.”
Maimone has averaged over 100 tour dates each year since 2007 as a solo artist, with his band Mutts, and as keyboardist for acts including Company of Thieves, Los Colognes, Jon Walker of Panic at the Disco, and Bailiff. Tour milestones include playing Lollapalooza, Sasquatch Music Fest, Riot Fest, and Last Call with Carson Daly.
In 2016 Maimone hosted a residency called Collab/Corrupt at the High Hat Club in Chicago. In this series he invited other singer/songwriters to collaborate on original and cover songs. Guests included JC Brooks, Archie Powell, Jennifer Hall, Morgan Foster, and more. Find video at mikemaimone.com/collabcorrupt.
As keyboardist of Company of Thieves from 2009 – 2011, Maimone performed at Lollapalooza, Forecastle Fest, on Last Call with Carson Daly and recorded with producer Rob Scnapf (Beck, Elliott Smith, The Vines, The Whig, Dr. Dog). A CoT reunion tour is scheduled for later in 2017.
Maimone released his solo debut LP Open Mic Nights, Empty Bottle Mornings in 2008. Going on to form Mutts with bassist Bob Buckstaff in 2009, Maimone has subsequently written and released 4 albums and 4 EPs. In 2017 Mutts were once again named to WXRT’s Local Anesthetic Best-of list. The most recent LP from Mutts, Fuel Yer Delusion vol. 4, is their fourth consecutive album to chart on the CMJ Top 200. More Mutts music is on the way as well as a follow-up Mike Maimone solo release featuring his new brass band.