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Chicago-based trio Mutts overcame a lot of adversity to release EP “Stick Together.”
It all started in late 2014 when, after the release of their 4th album “Fuel Yer Delusion vol. 4,” the band’s openly gay singer, keyboardist and front man, Mike Maimone, was kicked out of the house by his partner of five years. Then, several of the bands the group is friends with decided to pack it in and quit. Mutts forged ahead, deciding to record new music, only for their drummer, Chris Pagnani, to decide to leave the group after recording wrapped up. Then, Maimone’s favorite local bar and performance venue went out of business — and, to top it all off, the band’s tour van died.
Maimone, along with bassist/guitarist Bob Buckstaff, opted to go ahead with the release of “Stick Together,” whose title is suddenly all the more relevant.
“It was definitely before the most recent trials and tribulations,” Maimone said about the title. “So we thought about not calling it ‘Stick Together,’ since Chris left the band, but then I just kind of felt like we should go with it to show that the times that are the hardest to stick together are the times you really need to dig deep and stick to your roots.”
Maimone grew up in conservative rural Ohio, not coming out of the closet to his Catholic parents until age 30. As Mutts’ main lyricist and songwriter, he said he tries to turn his disparate life experiences into music that relates to all different people.
- Larry Nichols, Philadelphia Gay News


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