Two bearded Austin, TX musical misfits with an affinity for D.I.Y. electronic/altproduction, clever lyrical quips, and sticky alternative hooks, Missio regularly subvert expectations. Case in point, an upbeat lullaby-esque melody about, “Throwing middle fingers in the air” introduced the duo—Matthew Brue & David Butler—to audiences everywhere with the aptly titled breakout single, “Middle Fingers.” At the beginning of 2017, the track exploded on SiriusXM’s Alt Nation, and the band landed a deal with RCA Records. This signature style stands out as the product of their unique and undeniable union as well as years of dedication. Founded in 2014 as a side project for Matthew, longtime friend David joined him after one studio session.
“At the time, we were both coming out of other bands,” recalls Matthew. “I called him to play these demos I had. We were in the same spot musically, and we just related to each other.”
“There’s no bullshit in Missio,” David declares. “It’s all from the heart and genuine. The balance between us is perfect. Matthew is more of a classic songwriter who will sit down and write melodies for hours. I bring my producer background. I love arranging, I love beats, and I love sounds. The marriage of those two worlds completes a puzzle.”
For all of the harmony between them, their respective backgrounds represent something of a Yin and Yang. Born and raised in Colorado, Matthew received classical piano training as a child and toured the world in a choir. In Houston, seven years his senior David “grew up in the least musical household ever” and didn’t pick up guitar until the age of 16. David escaped the Office Space-style corporate world in order to pursue a career as a producer and audio engineer, while Matthew spent a year living in a remodeled 1974 Airstream, “learning how to write better songs.” They had crossed paths many times in the Austin music scene, but their initial collaboration would prove life-changing—literally.
“When we were in the studio, we just started talking about our lives,” David goes on. “Completely unplanned, I mentioned that my wife and I were looking for a roommate…”
“I told him that I was thinking about moving out of the Airstream,” laughs Matthew. “We’ve been roommates for as long as the band has existed.”
David transformed the garage into a professional recording studio, ripping down walls by hand, tearing up the floors, constructing a control room, setting up iso booths, and designing a veritable creative hive for the band. He would handle the bulk of the production as Matthew penned lyrics and took on lead vocals. In between their SXSW debut in 2015 and tours with Australia’s Sasia and K. Flay (for which David built Missio’s light rigs), they wrote and recorded countless songs. “I Don’t Even Care About You” landed at #7 on Spotify’s Top 50 Global Viral Chart after popping up on the Fresh Finds Playlist. As buzz grew, their music appeared on MTV’s Scream and Finding Carter, Oxygen’s Bad Girls Club, and in a Victoria’s Secret spot. With its keyboard boom, handclaps, and sweeping chant, “Middle Fingers” ignited their profile, rhyming social media-worthy lines like, “I am tired of seeing pretty people everywhere” and “I used to drink with whisky now I’m stuck with Perrier.”
“That was actually the very first song we sat down together and wrote,” says Matthew. “I felt like, ‘Fuck everything right now.’ When you hear something like ‘Middle Fingers,’ you would assume it’s a fuck you to the world. It’s actually not. In a way, it’s a song about unity. It’s not fuck you; it’s fuck this situation, which everyone can apply to their own lives. There’s no better feeling than seeing hundreds of people from different religious and political backgrounds forget about everything and raise their fingers together. Flipping the bird can unite us.”
Everything encases a powerful message for the guys. In Latin, Missio translates to “Mission.”
“Before we started the band, I got Missio tattooed on my wrist,” Matthew continues. “I have a history of addiction and being in recovery. It’s something I deal with every day. I fell in love with the word, because it helped me focus on being sober and having a mission towards that. It transitioned into this music.”
As Missio prepare their full-length debut Loner for release, Matthew and David are on a mission to connect with listeners everywhere.
“There’s a deeper side to Missio,” David leaves off. “We both love hook-y music and inspiring beats, but what we value most is honesty. I hope that comes across and can be something audiences rely on.”
“As a whole, all of the songs revolve around being in seclusion,” Matthew concludes. “There are so many people out there who feel that isolation. Being in a band with this sort of lyrical content, it’s all about reaching listeners, meeting them at shows, hearing their stories, and helping them feel like they can relate to someone. Maybe we can make the world feel not so alone.”
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Two bearded Austin, TX musical misfits with an affinity for D.I.Y. electronic/alt production, clever lyrical quips, and sticky alternative hooks, Missio regularly subvert expectations. Case in point, an upbeat lullaby-esque melody about, “Throwing middle fingers in the air” introduced the duo—Matthew Brue & David Butler—to audiences everywhere with the aptly titled breakout single, “Middle Fingers.” At the beginning of 2017, the track exploded on SiriusXM’s Alt Nation, and the band landed a deal with RCA Records. This signature style stands out as the product of their unique and undeniable union as well as years of dedication. Founded in 2014 as a side project for Matthew, longtime friend David joined him after one studio session. In between their SXSW debut in 2015 and tours with Australia’s Sasia and K. Flay, “I Don’t Even Care About You” landed at #7 on Spotify’s Top 50 Global Viral Chart after popping up on the Fresh Finds Playlist. As buzz grew, their music appeared on MTV’s Scream and Finding Carter, Oxygen’s Bad Girls Club, and in a Victoria’s Secret spot. Now, their full-length debut Loner arrives soon.
MISSIO TO RELEASE DEBUT ALBUM,
MISSIO TAKE YOU TO THE “BOTTOM OF THE DEEP BLUE SEA”
EXCLUSIVE THREE-PART DOCUSERIES TO DEBUT NEXT WEEK
LIVE SCHEDULE CONTINUES,
INCLUDING HEADLINE DATES AND FESTIVAL APPEARANCES
LONER AVAILABLE NOW AT ALL MUSIC RETAILERS AND STREAMING SERVICES
RCA recording artists MISSIO has announced the long awaited premiere of a powerful new visual accompanying their latest single, “Bottom Of The Deep Blue Sea.” Directed by Evan Spencer Brace (Phantagram, Tiësto), the clip marks the latest visual accompanying tracks featured on MISSIO’s acclaimed full-length debut, LONER, available now at all digital music retailers and streaming services. “Bottom Of The Deep Blue Sea” debuts today Friday, September 29th at MISSIO’s official YouTube channel.
In addition, next week will see the arrival of Skeletons, an exclusive new docuseries chronicling MISSIO’s remarkable story thus far. The first installment of the three-part film – directed by longtime MISSIO collaborator Jeff Ray (Sigur Rós) – premieres October 6th at MISSIO’s official YouTube channel.
Recently named by Rolling Stone as one of “10 New Artists You Need To Know,” MISSIO has spent much of 2017 celebrating LONER with a wide-ranging North American tour, including U.S. headline dates and a number of widely heralded festival appearances. The epic trek continues into December with Nothing But Thieves and Blue October, with highlights including much anticipated sets at Swissvale, PA’s Thrival Music Festival (September 30th), Austin, TX’s ACL Music Festival (October 6th and 14th), and Key Biscayne, FL’s OFF Weekend Music & Arts Festival (December 9th). For complete details and ticket information, please visit missiomusic.com/tour.
MISSIO ON TOUR IN NORTH AMERICA 2017
30 – Swissvale, PA – Thrival Music Festival
6 – Austin, TX – ACL Music Festival
7 – Austin, TX – KGSR Live Morning Broadcast at Threadgill’s
7 – Austin, TX – ACL Fest Late Night Show at Antones’s
11 – Santa Ana, CA – Constellation Room
12 – Los Angeles, CA – El Rey Theatre
14 – Austin, TX – ACL Music Festival
16 – San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall
18 – Portland, OR – Star Theater
20 – Seattle, WA – Chop Suey
23 – Minneapolis, MN – Fine Line Music Café
25 – Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall
26 – Detroit, MI – The Shelter
27 – Columbus, OH – A&R Music Bar
29 – Buffalo, NY – Iron Works
30 – Allston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
31 – Washington, DC – Rock & Roll Hotel
1 – New York, NY – Gramercy Theatre
2 – Philadelphia, PA – Coda
4 – Jacksonville, FL – Mavericks
8 – Knoxville, TN – International
9 – Nashville, TN – Cannery Ballroom
10 – Cleveland, OH – House of Blues
11 – Indianapolis, IN – Egyptian Room @ Old National Centre
14 – Sioux Falls, SD – The District
15 – Lawrence, KS – Granada Theatre
17 – Tulsa, OK – Brady Theatre
18 – Austin, TX – Stubb’s
24 – Houston, TX – Revention Music Center
25 – San Antonio, TX – Aztec Theater
9 – Key Biscayne, FL – OFF Weekend Music & Arts Festival
LONER has proven one of the year’s most significant debuts, highlighted of course by MISSIO’s breakthrough single, “Middle Fingers,” available now at all DSPs and streaming services. Released at the top of 2017, “Middle Fingers” quickly blew up at SiriusXM’s Alt Nation where it ascended to #1 in the influential “Alt-18 Countdown” before ultimately reaching the top 10 on Billboard‘s “Alternative Songs” chart as well as the top 20 across Billboard‘s “Mainstream Rock Songs,” “Hot Rock Songs,” and “Rock Airplay” charts. “Middle Fingers” is joined an equally popular companion video, now boasting nearly 5 million individual views via YouTube alone.
WATCH “MIDDLE FINGERS“
MISSIO made high profile television debut earlier this year with a live performance of ” Middle Fingers” on TBS’ Conan.
WATCH “MIDDLE FINGERS” ON CONAN
LONER – which also features such dynamic tracks as “Everybody Gets High” and ” KDV (Ft. SHUG),” – has drawn critical acclaim to match its popular success. “Loaded with bruising bass, icy synths and dark imagery,” raved Rolling Stone, “LONER is an exploration of (vocalist-producer Matthew) Brue’s winding road to sobriety.” “LONER implies a sense of woke with every song,” declared Earbuddy. “Through the power of music, good will prevail.”
MISSIO was founded in 2014 as a new sonic outlet for Colorado-born musician Matthew Brue and Houston, TX native David Butler, the two musicians teaming up to create something unlike anything either had done before. The duo’s widescreen amalgam of inventive production technique, lyrical wit, and endlessly insistent pop hooks instantly proved a sensation with “I Don’t Even Care About You” – featured on 2015’s debut – rising to #7 on Spotify’s “Viral 50-Global” chart after first appearing on the automated “Fresh Finds” playlist.
The MISSIO EP was followed by “Can I Exist,” featured in a truly extraordinary companion video that earned such prizes as “Best Video” at 2016’s Austin Music Video Festival and the “Audience Award” at 2016’s New Orleans Film Festival. MISSIO’s remarkably cinematic sonic approach also earned them placement on a variety of soundtracks, including MTV’s Scream and Finding Carter, Oxygen’s Bad Girls Club, and Victoria’s Secret’s short film (and biggest lingerie shoot in history), Victoria’s Secret Holiday 2016: A Very Private Affair.
More than simply a studio project from the very start, MISSIO made a number of live appearances following their inception, including a much-discussed debut at 2015’s South By Southwest (SXSW). The duo followed up with a series of national treks, among them K. Flay’s sold-out “Crush Me Tour.”
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