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Success, family, and even a nice day off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Darren King has had the “best day off ever,” and he’s proud of it.

“We’ve been on tour with Incubus and Linkin Park, and it’s been amazing,” he says during a recent interview from Chicago. “We went camping with the guys from Incubus and just had a blast. We went kayaking, played volleyball, went hiking and had a barbecue. They were hospitable and it was just what we needed.”

King is the drummer and founding member of New Orleans-based alternative rock band Mutemath. The band has been around since 2003, released four albums and consists of members Paul Meany, Roy Mitchell-Cárdenas, Todd Gummerman and King.

Its latest release is 2011’s “Odd Soul,” which helped the band get noticed on VH1. After its release, the band was chosen for the music channel’s “You Oughta Know” campaign.


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“It was amazing for us because we’ve been at this for so long and found moderate success,” he explains. “We’ve never had a really huge hit and still are working on getting to that point. But getting that distinction brought people to our music.”

With “Odd Soul,” the band was inspired to put out a live EP in August. The EP is “Odd Soul: Live in D.C.” King says the footage was shot during the band’s concert at the city’s legendary 9:30 Club.

“There was no way of us selecting the songs for the EP,” he explains. “What we did was set up all of the gear and just hit record. Some of the songs were not audible and some were. When you listen to the EP, you can see we selected the songs that sounded the best. It all worked out because we had an amazing time at the show and wanted to give our fans a taste of us live.”

Mutemath is quickly approaching 10 years in the music business, and King says each year that the band gets to travel the world is great.

“I’m grateful the longer that I get to do this for a living,” he explains. “I have a child on the way and Roy has two children already. We’re dedicated to having both a career in music and having families.”

While the band is expanding with families, King says he and his wife, Stacy DuPree of Eisley, are looking for ways to balance both of them being on tour.

“We never go two weeks without seeing each other,” he explains. “I think we can adopt the same rules for when our child is born in October. It will be really nice to have whole family join me on tour and I join her. It’s something that I think we’re ready to tackle.”

As far as new music, King says Mutemath wants to continue to grow in its sound and musicianship.

“We’ve all grown so much since we started,” he says. “We were all in our early 20s when we started, and I feel like we’ve grown into mature men and businessmen. We’re still happy to be here and hope we can go for many more years to come.”

With Civil Twilight
WHEN: 8 p.m. Sept. 14
WHERE: Sunshine Theater, 120 W. Central
HOW MUCH: $17 at or 886-1251