“Life’s too short to play it safe,” declare The Mutineers in unison on the song “Ace.” Frontman and songwriter Brian Mathusek is not waiting around for things to get better. “Let’s hit the road before it gets too late.” Over the years, the singer and guitarist has roamed from East to West and many places in-between. Along the way, he has gathered stories of hope and fear, love and loss. Songs like “California” recall his experience struggling to make ends meet in a new town. In other early tunes, like “End of the World,” he questions faith: “I want to know whose religion wins, and what counts as sin.” Throughout Mathusek’s writing there has always been an openness and honesty that comes straight from the heart.