Portland’s The Mutineers Rep The A In Americana Rock


Ahead of releasing their new five-track ‘Threshold’ EP and launching a busy 2018 national tour schedule, The Mutineers present the first single from this EP. ‘Couldn’t Get Over You’, a pleasantly wistful offering guided by a longing feeling and lulling melodic line.

A bit earlier, they unveiled the new video for ‘Drug For That’, filmed and directed by California-based photographer and visual artist Clovis IV. The track, previously released on ‘Live At B-Side’, will be offered as a bonus track on a special Bandcamp edition of the EP.

Based in Portland, Oregon, The Mutineers are a rock n roll husband-wife duo with country leanings and punk rock tendencies. With Brian Mathusek on guitar and Merry Young on drums, the couple share vocal duties. Sounding like a cross between Johnny and June with John Doe and Exene, and a bit of Nick Cave and PJ Harvey, their sound esthetic is influenced by such artists as Bruce Springsteen, X, Nick Cave, Loretta Lynn, and Elvis Presley.



“This was written specifically for Merry’s voice. I wrote the first draft of lyrics and she sculpted it to fit her style. Her world-weary delivery is the perfect backdrop to the story. The song contemplates the dual feelings of helplessness and power inside a co-dependent relationship,” says Brian Mathusek.

“The singer is struggling with self-confidence and self-consciousness. She can not decide if she has been too open or not open enough. I think everyone has someone in their life that they can’t stand, but also can’t live without, whether it’s a lover or a family member or a friend. Knowing when to cut someone off is very difficult. By the end of our song, the narrator has given up and given in to this cycle of love and hate, another lost soul.”

Co-produced alongside Raymond Richards (The Parson Red Heads) at B-Side Recording Studio in Portland, this is the band’s third EP and fifth significant release. Originally founded by Brian Mathusek and Michael Astudillo in 2007 and joined by Merry Young soon afterwards, The Mutineers debuted with their ‘Tidal Wave’ EP in 2008, followed by the ‘Nihilisteria’ EP (2009) and ‘From the Dirge to the Dance’ LP (2011). The new fully-arranged recordings diverge from the duo’s previous release ‘Live at B-Side’ (2016), which was recorded without any overdubs.


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With this latest effort, The Mutineers have begun a new chapter, collaborating more closely in their songwriting process. Their latest songs feature characters who are flawed, stubborn and struggling with their demons. They wander confused, obsessed, addicted and envious, through the microcosms of Threshold in search of happiness, understanding and love.

The Mutineers will be touring nationally through the fall. In the past two years, they have given over 120 performances in 30 states. They have shared the stage with such notable artists as The Tallest Man on Earth, Langhorne Slim, Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, Larry and His Flask, The Devil Makes Three, The White Buffalo, and Murder by Death. When not touring, the couple run a graphic design and screen printing business, Mutiny Studios.

In collaboration with Clovis IV, a visual storyteller, The Mutineers have continued exploring the visuals associated with their song themes, helping express their music, in still images and now on music video. Clovis started working in the visual arts in the early 90’s. Connected to the worlds of music and media, he has continued to express the stories of artists & individuals in still and moving images. Be it as a photographer or designer, Clovis has worked with many artists, including New Model Army, Thievery Corporation, Faith and the Muse, Concrete Blonde and Flesh For Lulu.


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As of September 14, ‘Threshold’ will be available digitally on all major platforms and as a limited edition hand-printed, numbered and signed CD, available directly from the band at live shows or through their website. Comprised of five tracks, the special Bandcamp edition also features ‘Drug For That’ as a bonus track.

In support of this new release, The Mutineers will be heading out on their extensive U.S. tour, which kicks off on September 13.




  1. Hard Sell
  2. Couldn’t Get Over You
  3. Afterthought
  4. I’ve Got The Bottle
  5. Hourglass

Drug For That (bonus track for Bandcamp edition)



Brian Mathusek – guitar and vocals

Merry Young – drums and vocals

Raymond Richards – electric guitar, baritone guitar, bass guitar, pedal steel and percussion

Produced by The Mutineers and Raymond Richards at B-Side Recording Studio in Portland

Engineering and mixing by Raymond Richards

All photos and video by Clovis IV



Sept. 13   La Grande, OR – Ten Depot St

Sept. 14   Boise, ID – The Funky Taco for EP RELEASE SHOW

Sept. 15   Salt Lake City, UT – Private Event

Sept. 16   Denver, CO – Lion’s Lair (with The Dollhouse Thieves, D.W.Doucet, Bear & the Beasts)

Sept. 18   Topeka, KS – The Boobie Trap

Sept. 19   Dubuque, IA – The Lift

Sept. 20   Milwaukee, WI – Boone & Crockett

Sept. 21   Hamtramck, MI – The Outer Limits Lounge (with John Salvage)

Sept. 22   Lakewood, OH – The Five O’clock Lounge (with The Del Rios)

Sept. 23   Pittsburgh, PA – Howlers (with The Devil’s Holler)

Sept. 25   Youngstown, OH – Cedars West End

Sept. 26   Rochester, NY – Abilene Bar & Lounge

Sept. 27   Albany, NY – The Low Beat

Sept. 29   Norwood, NJ – Gerry’s Place

Oct. 3   Burlington, VT – Radio Bean

Oct. 4   Portland, ME – Dogfish Bar & Grille

Oct. 6   Becket, MA – Dream Away Lodge

Oct. 9   Jersey City, NJ – Pet Shop

Oct. 17   Harrisonburg, VA – TBD

Oct. 18   Baltimore, MD – Dangerously Delicious Pies

Oct. 19   Washington, DC – The Pie Shop (with Wonky Tonk and The Highballers)

Oct. 20   Staunton, VA – The Pompei Lounge

Oct. 21   Richmond, VA – Carey St. Cafe (with The Atkinsons)

Oct. 25 Chapel Hill, NC – The Cave

Oct. 26 Asheville, NC – TBD

Oct. 27 Charlotte, NC – The Evening Muse (with Drunken Prayer)

Nov. 1   Las Vegas, NV – Double Down Saloon (with The People’s Whiskey)

Nov. 2   Culver City, CA – The Cinema Bar (with Patrolled By Radar)

Nov. 3   Santa Ynez, CA – Maverick Saloon (with Matt Armor)

Nov. 4   Ventura, CA – MadeWest Brewing (with Detroit Sportsmen’s Congress)

Nov. 6   San Luis Obispo, CA – TBD

Nov. 7   Sacramento, CA – TBD

Nov. 8   Blue Lake, CA – Mad River Brewing

Nov. 9   Crescent City, CA – Port O’Pints Brewing

Nov. 10   Portland, OR – TBD


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