10/09/15 Washington, DC 9:30 Club
10/10/15 New York, NY Webster Hall
10/11/15 Boston, MA Paradise Rock Club
10/21/15 Stavanger Stavanger Konserthus
10/22/15 Bergen Peer Gyntsalen
10/24/15 UKA Festival
10/25/15 Oslo, Norway Sentrum Scene
10/26/15 Goteborg, Sweden Tradgaarn
10/27/15 Stockholm, Sweden Arenan
10/29/15 Helsinki, Finland Circus
11/04/15 Copenhagen Falkoner Theatre
11/05/15 Aarhus Congress Centre
11/06/15 Amsterdam Heineken Music Hall
11/22/15 Corona Capital Festival
11/25/15 Tokyo, Japan Shibuya O-East
11/26/15 Tokyo, Japan Shibuya O-East
11/27/15 Osaka, Japan Soma
12/02/15 Sydney, Australia Manning Bar
12/03/15 Melbourne, Australia Max Watts
12/04/15 Brisbane, Australia Max Watts
12/13/15 Utrecht Tivoli De Helling
12/14/15 London Village Underground
12/15/15 London Village Underground
I am apparently the only one in the Twin Cities who really hasn't gotten into Mew. The show was sold out. And I mean, sold out! You could barely walk in let alone get a drink, go to the bathroom, or even raise your arms to clap by the time Mew started.
Mew is an experimental, alternative, indie, pop, progressive rock band from Denmark with a giant following. Last night was, by far, the smallest venue they have played on this current tour. Just two nights before they were playing the Gothic Theatre in Colorado which holds over 1,100 people. Last night they played the Triple Rock Social Club which holds just under 400 people.
Was this a good or bad thing? If you ask me, it was a bad thing. These guys have a sound that is just too big for such a small venue. I could have seen this show more at First Avenue (which unfortunately was housing hot new band Wolf Alice), even Roy Wilkins... Judging from the amount of people being turned away at the door, they could have easily filled up a larger venue.
All of that being said, if you ask any of the fans that made it to the show, this was a dream come true. Of course, I didn't understand it because I had no idea who these guys were but then it hit me. This was their Alkaline Trio at the Triple Rock. I didn't get it because I didn't care enough to get it. That's not to say it was a bad show. But I can only take the claustrophobia for so long before I get fed up and need to go outside for air. That was different at the, back to back, four nights of sold out Alkaline Trio shows that I went to. At those shows I didn't care that we were packed into the venue like sardines, nothing phased me because I was seeing one of my favorite bands in such an intimate venue. Last night was the opposite. It was quite strange to be on the outside looking in at something like this.
It only took a couple songs for the packed house to warm up but by the time Mew played "Special" the crowd was bouncing up and down to the beat. You truly couldn't help yourself. The music was catchy but not overpowering. It was loud but not too loud where you couldn't recognize the true musicianship behind it.
Singer Jonas Bjerre has an incredible voice. It's one of those voices that you hear and you instantly know who it is. It's also one of those voices that you think would be impossible to have at a live show. Bjerre pulled it off somehow and now, while I'm listening their album And The Glass Handed Kites (My friend I bumped into outside of their show told me this was their best one), I truly can't believe what I saw last night.
Bjerre's voice is unnaturally high but that's just the tip of the iceberg. He is able to go from the highest voice you have ever heard down to a very beautiful lower register seamlessly. It isn't just his voice that's amazing. The whole band is super talented and their music really does give you calming, happy feeling.
The show was opened up by The Dodos, a two piece indie band from California. Unfortunately, within the first song, a guitar string snapped and they had to pause so Meric Long, singer/ guitarist, could grab another guitar. After that, it was smooth sailing for the rest of their short, half hour, set. Some people in the crowd were singing along.
The Dodos' latest Individ is available now via Polyvinyl Records. Mew's latest + - (Plus Minus) is available now on PIAS (Play It Again Sam).
Mew at Triple Rock Social Club, Minneapolis (05 October 2015)