The Origins of The Mute Gods
By Nick Beggs
“A good friend of mine, Thomas Waber at Inside Out Records, said to me “You’re doing all this work for all these great solo artists, but nothing of your own. You should be doing more.” So I decided to put a project together as a vehicle for my own songwriting. I’ve never really done that before. The first bridge to be crossed with any new project is the title. What do you call your new band? It took ages to find a suitable name for one of my earlier projects, Lifesigns, and I knew my new project would be no easier. But in the end I settled on The Mute Gods.
The name resonated with me for a lot of reasons. We seem to be living in a time of heightened religious fundamentalism in which people deliver the wrath of God or speak out on his behalf. So, I’m sure you can imagine the problems I’ve had trying to get the record label to allow me to include the song ‘Jesus Thinks You’re a Fuckwit’. When did God appoint these dubious PR men?
From where I’ve been sitting, I don’t hear God saying anything. The people in this world who should be listened to are often the ones who are silenced. The voice of reason seems strangely quiet in the face of so much media disinformation. So, there you have the setting for this record.”
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