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Mutiny was formed in May of 2013 by Lexa Rae Calderon and Mike Buzo after breaking away from another band. Originally a duet, they covered various pop songs with Calderon singing and playing the ukelele, and Buzo switching between piano and guitar. Seeking to expand their sound and ability to cover a wider variety of songs, the duet grew into a band by bringing in Brian Kolb on rhythm guitar, backup vocals, and occasionally piano and bass guitar.
Kolb invited bass guitarist Eric Ziegler, whom he had met through a mutual friend, to practice with the group. After one practice the band felt it was a good fit and Ziegler was brought on as a permanent member. Within less than a week, drummer Nick Seville was brought into the group after responding to a craigslist ad posted by Buzo. The addition of Ziegler and Seville started a shift in the band towards a more rock style, allowing the group to cover songs by No Doubt, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and adding intensity to existing covers of Florence + the Machine covers.
Mike Buzo on why he left his old group and formed Mutiny: "I wanted to create something more my own with Lexa. I love playing guitar but I also have a passion for playing the piano, and that didn't really have an outlet before Mutiny…" he continues, "I also wanted to challenge myself on guitar, playing songs with more technically difficult parts."