Speaker./mute is a melodically influenced rock band that formed in 2005. It is currently based just outside Boston in the city of Lowell, Massachusetts. Speaker./mute incorporates melodic tendencies found in many styles of music and blend them with solid grooves with pop-like progressions. With the addition of multiple effects, thoughtful harmonic orientations, and tight drumming the group has been able to produce an original sound uncharacteristic to many current groups out there.
In the summer of 2005, the band began as two former horn players Bryan MacAuslan and Corey Blanchette occasionally spend time together writing and recording musical ideas. Although at the time they were unsure of this obviously different project, they still believed it was worthy to take to the next level. Soon they would search for additional musicians to take the music outside of their Wilder Street apartment. That following winter, they would work together with various drummers and bass players. Eventually, they would and adopt a new place for developing at “the sub” and progress their tunes and original ideas.
The following October, the group still short an official bass player, planned their first performance. Although the help of a friend would allow them fill the bass role for the night, they hoped the mild exposure could lead them to their missing piece. Easily, they were right. Within a week Jared Ambrose, a saxophonist and friend from college, would join the group on bass.
In March of 2008 their debut EP “Songs For Selfish Lovers” was released. On this you could hear the blend of many influences ranging from Radiohead to Jeff Buckley, U2 to The Postal Service to even Warren Zevon. Rave reviews and consistent local radio play followed. The success of the group was growing and within months they were headlining some of the biggest rock clubs in Boston.
Finally, nearly a year and a half later Speaker./mute officially started is search for a permanent drummer and percussionist. After experimenting with friends and auditioning many talented artists throughout the years, the group officially announced Mark McElligott as its new member. His driven personality and diverse playing ability was exactly what they needed. Finally, Speaker.mute was complete.
In early 2009 the much-anticipated full-length album "The Weight" is expected for release. With a promise of multiple "hit singles" the album has already sold an abundance of advanced copies prior to its actual release. With excitement the group truly looks forward to its official release in April of 2009.
Since the beginning, Speaker./mute has continued to write, grow, and accumulate audiences each time they perform. Between the passion for music and the undeniable energy the group functions like few out there. Whether it’s a mix of good friendships, their ability to musically understand each other, or their diverse sense of music and inspiration, the group continues to evolve each day.