Music News

Mutes new single – Mere Slaughter out now

Mutes reveal upcoming single ‘Mere Slaughter’ and announce fourth studio album

Birmingham-based post-punk / noise-rock polymaths Mutes are proud to announce the release of their upcoming single ‘Mere Slaughter’, out via No Sound Records on November 17th 2023.

Originally conceived as a solo, primarily-ambient project by vocalist and lyricist James, Mutes released their eponymous debut EP in 2014. Things took a decidedly noisier turn with the release of Starvation Age in 2015, a full-band release that embraced the groups love of noise-rock and psychedelia. The group released their debut album No Desire in 2017 through independent label FOMA, celebrated by the likes of DIY Magazine and The Line of Best Fit. 

Championed by BBC Radio 6, their second studio album Pareidolia was released in 2019, while 2021 saw the release of Dreams of Being Cornered, their third and most fully-realised record yet, which saw Mutes capture the ferocity of their live show with urgent guitar freak-outs sitting alongside wondrous synth textures and vocal melodies with calculated ease.

The first taste of their upcoming fourth studio album, due in 2024, their upcoming single Mere Slaughter is a three minute cacophony of dissonant no-wave guitar, anguished vocals and a belabouring rhythm section. The blistering track’s feral intensity serves as a raw reflection of a nation being slowly exenterated of possibility.

Recorded entirely live as a three-piece, the song is an evident display of the band’s desire to capture the uninhibited intensity of their performances. 

Discussing what inspired the single, the band explain: “’Mere Slaughter’ was born from a need to write something ugly and dissonant – somewhat of a sonic exorcism. A lament for a society that is slowly eating itself by means of division and gaslighting.”

Follow Mutes online:


25th November – Dream Bags Jaguar Shoes, London (Free Entry)

29th November – Hare & Hounds, Birmingham

About The Author

Show More

Raymond Thomson - Deputy Editor

I am a photographer/musician/engineer living in Scotland. My passion is music and motocross and I share my work on facebook/punk4RT and facebook/madmaxmedia. I do like a bit of throw back to the heydays of the 60’s/70’s/80’s when it comes to taking shots of bands. I grew up on the music papers (NME/Sounds/Melody Maker) and drew influence from Pennie Smith/Jill Furmanovsky/Anton Corbijn/Bob Gruen/Adrian Boot/Charles Peterson.
Back to top button
error: Content is protected !!