GRAMMY-nominated, alternative rock band MUTEMATH are proud to release the music video for "Monument", the lead single off of their latest album, VITALS. Watch the heartwarming video below.
"It became apparent to us that we had a theme going for "Spotlight", "Typical" and "Blood Pressure" of doing these - still camera, no cuts, band hijinx, special effects crazy videos. We definitely wanted to do something different, and we knew the theme of the song, the lyric, was asking for something different", says drummer Darren King when speaking of the idea for the video behind "Monument".
The official video centers around the true story of Charles "LaLa" Evans - a charismatic and humble man from Starkville, Mississippi. In 1951, LaLa married his high school sweet heart Louise in a wedding ceremony on his father's front yard. Following the civil rights movement, he became the first African American postman in the community of Needmore, continuing his father's legacy of giving back.
After nearly 60 years of marriage, Louise passed in 2011 and LaLa turned their home into a museum dedicated to the life and memories they shared. He has since regularly hosted guests, inviting in locals and giving tours through the endless photos, music and memorabilia he's put on display for Louise.
"When you meet him you realize he has an infinite love for life, for his wife and for music. I feel very lucky we get to capture his spirit in film, and set it to our song.", says lead singer Paul Meany.
After seeing the video and learning LaLa's story, Ellen DeGeneres invited both the band and LaLa to appear on the show. Tune in on Monday, January 25th to catch a performance by MUTEMATH and an interview with LaLa (check local listings for air time)!
MUTEMATH is on tour this spring in support of Vitals throughout the US. Tickets are on sale NOW. Full tour routing can be found below.
Stay tuned for more exciting announcements in the coming weeks!
2016 VITALS NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES
February 11 - Amos Southend- Charlotte, NC
February 12 - Cat's Cradle - Carrboro, NC
February 13 - Track 29 - Chattanooga, TN
February 14 - Iron City - Birmingham, AL
February 16 - 40 Watt Club - Athens, GA
February 18 - Revolution Live - Ft. Lauderdale
February 19 - House of Blues - Lake Buena Vista, FL
February 20 - State Theatre - St. Petersburg, FL
February 22 - The Varsity Theatre - Baton Rouge, AL
February 23 - House of Blues - Houston, TX
February 25 - Emo's Austin - Austin, TX
February 26 - Common Grounds - Waco, TX
February 27 - Cain's Ballroom - Tulsa, OK
February 29 - El Rey Theatre - Albuquerque , NM
March 1 - Crescent Ballroom - Phoenix, AZ
March 2 - House of Blues - San Diego, CA
March 4 - The Wiltern - Los Angeles, CA
March 5 - Ace of Spades - Sacramento, CA
March 7 - Roseland Theatre - Portland, OR
March 8 - The Showbox - Seattle, WA
March 21 - The National - Richmond, VA
March 23 - Terminal 5 - New York, NY
March 25 - Union Transfer - Philadelphia, PA
March 26 - Rams Head Live - Baltimore, MD
March 29 - House of Blues - Cleveland, OH
March 30 - Newport Music Hall - Columbus, OH
April 1 - Deluxe At Old National Centre - Indianapolis, IN
April 2 - Majestic Theatre - Madison, WI
April 3 - First Avenue - Minneapolis, MN
April 5 - The Ready Room - St. Louis, MO
April 6 - Bottleneck - Lawrence, KS
April 8 - Gothic Theatre - Englewood, CO
EUROPEAN TOUR DATES
January 25 - The Deaf Institute - Manchester, UK
January 26 - O2 Academy 3 Birmingham - Birmingam, UK
January 27 - Exchange Bristol - Bristol, UK
January 29 - O2 Academy Islington - London, UK
January 30 - Les Etoiles - Paris, France
February 1 - Melkweg - Amsterdam, Netherlands
February 2 - Luxor - Cologne, Germany
February 3 - Knust - Hamburg, Germany
February 4 - Musik & Frieden - Berlin, Germany