Under The Influence

It’s been awhile since I’ve done my last Under the Influence post, so I suppose it’s time to do another one. 

Today, I’m under the influence of my nephew. A month or so back, on Facebook, I played one of those silly/fun games where you choose a song for a category. (This game, by the way, was also the inspiration behind the Weekly Song Challenge that I am now hosting on Wednesdays). So, I posted my song choices, using primarily classic rock songs.  My nephew responded with his choices. I didn’t think anything of it until he messaged me  to ask if I had heard of any of the bands he used.  I had heard of some of them, but there were a couple I was not familiar with.  He encouraged me to check them out.    Today, I’m sharing one of those bands that he introduced me to.

Wikipedia tells us this about Missio:

Missio (often stylized MISSIO) is an American electronic alternative duo formed in 2015 in Austin, Texas. It currently consists of founding member Matthew Brue (front-man/songwriter/producer), and David Butler (songwriter/producer). 

Missio was formed in 2015 by songwriter/vocalist Matthew Brue. After the completion of his demos, Brue hired friend and local producer/engineer David Butler to collaborate on their self-titled EP, which would later be released in November 2016. After unexpected online success, Brue made his debut appearance under the name MISSIO at the SXSW festival in 2016 with help from friend/producer David Butler. Matthew invited David to officially join in July 2016.

Brue was active as a solo artist under the name Missio before Butler joined. He was featured on Said the Sky's songs "Nostalgia" and "Darling" in mid-late 2015.

During an interview, Brue explained that the name MISSIO comes from the Latin word for "mission". This phrase is significant to him because it is reminiscent of the time period in his life when he was recovering from an addiction, and as a result, had the word tattooed on his arm.

In 2017, they signed a record deal with RCA Records and released the single "Middle Fingers", which peaked at No. 9 on the Alternative Songs chart. Missio's debut album, Loner, was released May 19, 2017.

On September 28, 2018 Missio posted on their Facebook page that their as yet untitled second album was complete. Six month later, on March 15, they announced the name of the new album would be The Darker the Weather // The Better the Man, and it'd be released on April 12, 2019.

The duo's second album was released on April 12, 2019, and contains 13 tracks. 

Missio released the single "Wolves" on June 24, 2020. The song would go on to reach the #1 spot on Sirius XM's AltNation Alt18 Countdown. The single "Hoodie Up" was released on July 29. On September 9, Missio released the singles "Can You Feel The Sun" and "Don't Forget To Open Your Eyes" along with the announcement that their 10 track third album also titled "Can You Feel The Sun" would be released on October 23, 2020. 

For some reason, I’m unable to create a working playlist, so I’ve narrowed it down to 5 songs and with individual videos

Today’s Influential Playlist:

Can You Feel The Sun


Middle Fingers




Bottom of the Deep Blue Sea



The more I listen to them, the more I am enjoying them. So, thank you to my nephew for the introduction to a new artist/duo. 

Who’s been influencing you lately?

See you again soon! Share with me your thoughts about this playlist.

Today’s post is part of the Monday’s Music Moves Me blog hop, hosted by X-Mas Dolly, and co-hosted by Stacy Uncorked, Curious as a Cathy. , and Ramblin with AM. Be sure to stop by the hosts and visit the other participants.  If you have a MUSIC* post, feel free to join in the fun! *sorry non-music posts are not permitted in this blog hop.


  1. Mary,

    Thanks for the introduction to Missio. They have an interesting sound. I don't think they are a group I could listen to a lot but sampling their stuff was nice. It's cool when the younger generation shares what they like with the you, isn't it? I occasionally will ask my son what new music he's into, usually it's stuff I don't like but I like the exposure. Have a boogietastic day, my friend!

  2. Very nice. I had not heard their work. I enjoyed very much. Thanks for sharing them.

  3. Can't say I have ever heard any of these songs much less Missio. It's definitely a different type of music and I think maybe an acquired taste for this type. I guess I'm into the older music. This definitely has a much different taste of music. Thanks for joining us and the introduction to Missio. Have a great day!

  4. I hadn't heard of Missio. I like some electronic music and I liked the intros to the song. I think I could take them in small amounts, at least initially. But it's nice to stretch musical horizons. My son has introduced me to some music in his time - Dream Theatre, for example. And, there were the songs when he lived with us and played Guitar Hero, too.


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