Mew are one of the toughest bands to try and classify just what it is they do exactly. Self declared as “the only indie stadium band”, Mew it seems over the last few years have been relegated to the “Oh…remember those guys 10 years ago?” section of Danish music. However Mew are one of Denmark’s finest bands ever and this writer is very much looking forward to see what they are up to in 2014 when they hit the Green stage Saturday night.
I’ll spare you the long form of their history, what stands alone is their extremely credible and often underappreciated body of work, that has seen them receive every accolade possible from the Danish media. What makes them so impressive to me, is that they sound so very un Danish however. In my eyes, their magnum opus And The Glass Handed Kites (2005) was right up there musically, with anything of the last decade to come out of the USA or UK. Recently, the ultra-hip Drowned In Sound blog listed it as one of their top 101 albums ever as voted by readers, an honestly I believe it would really be hard to argue against it being the best to ever come out of Denmark – the happiest place on earth (according to polls that Danes seem to keep finding every year)
If you’ve never heard Mew before, either live or on record, I think you’re in for a treat. Start with their first release for Sony in 2003 – Frengers, a bold and beautiful mix of Emo, Indie, Shoegaze, and good auld fashioned big tear jerking anthems (see “Comforting Sounds”, which is probably THE festival anthem that will make you want to cream your knickers) and then tuck into And The Glass Handed Kites, if possible with some good headphones on at sundown with a bottle of cheap red wine. I’m not going to try and describe what it is – but it’s a huge album, it never fails to make me feel emotional, and that is a big statement coming from Bobby McBride, the Scrooge of Aarhus music bloggers. RIGHT???????
Seriously, check them out. They are going to try some new stuff out, and frankly it could either suck or hark back to former glories, but whatever it is, these boys have it.
For fans of: Flaming Lips, Bloc Party, Dinosaur Jr., My Bloody Valentine, Yes, Muse, and guys with really high voices that look innocent.