Interview with Matthew Brue of Missio | By John B. Moore
When Matthew Brue first brought David Butler in to help with a project he was working on, he had no idea it would turn into a full-fledged band. “David was producing bands in Austin at the time, and my previous band was looking to do a record with someone,” Brue says. “A mutual friend connected the two of us, and it bloomed into a really great working relationship.”
Once that band split up, Brue began writing his own songs that would eventually morph into the chillwave duo, Missio. He turned once again to Butler for help after recalling a great experience from their previous sessions. “As I began releasing songs from that EP, I started receiving inquiries about playing live and didn’t have the slightest idea how to translate it to a live perspective,” Brue says. “David began helping me in that department, and it naturally transpired into him organically joining the band.”
Their partnership can be heard on their debut LP, Loner, released May 19 on RCA. The record is a brilliant hybrid of alternative rock and electronic pop.
The duo—despite working together so well that they’re also roommates—have wildly different musical tastes, with a few exceptions. “For the most part, we’re polar opposites in regards to musical influences. However, we do have those genres that intertwine,” Brue says. “We both have a hardcore love for hip hop [and] rap. We both love old-school Jay Z, Missy Elliott, Mike Jones…”
“What I love about our differences in musical taste is that we approach music differently than each other,” he continues. “I will approach a melody based on my influences and vice versa, so when we connect on the direction of a song, it carries the other’s influences. It brings the song we’re working on to a place I or he may not have taken it on our own.”
Missio’s sound—like their influences—is hard to pin down. As a result, they have faced some odd show bookings. “One show specifically comes to mind: we played a Halloween show at a roller rink. That single sentence should’ve been a red flag right there,” Brue laughs. “Without trying to sound degrading or negative, it just wasn’t the right fit. Period. End of story.”
With Loner finally out in the world, the band plan to spend as much time on the road as possible—hopefully, in more traditional venues.