Live Review: Miike Snow at Bristol Thekla – 31st January 2010

By on Monday, 1st February 2010 at 1:38 pm

Miike Snow are a collaboration between Swedes Christian Karlsson and Pontus Winnberg (famed producing/writing duo Bloodshy and Avant who have worked with the likes of Madonna, Kylie Minogue, Kelis and won a Grammy for Best dance recording for the track “Toxic” by Britney Spears) and American musician/songwriter/producer Andrew Wyatt. So when such great names get together and decide to create a band, you know that they’re gonna have great tunes – but live, could they hack it?

In Miike Snow’s case, yes they can. They take their (rather good) album that Mary reviewed here and transformed it into a collection of party songs that doesn’t fail to get everyone moving. Coming on stage wearing mime-style plastic masks, they worked their way through the majority of their debut album, merging the tracks into a sort of Simian Mobile Disco-lite, played live with guitars and keys instead of just samples and Macs.

Dropping the fantastic “A Horse is Not A Home” and “Sylvia” in rapid succession really got the Sunday evening crowd going, immediately blowing away any reminents of cobwebs that may have remained after any Saturday night debauchery. The three band members were backed up by three further musicians to keep things sounding even better than the album.

Only one song seemed to fall a bit flat, the rather slow Sans Soleil which had people checking their phones, heading for the loo or the bar as the band took a breather.

By far the biggest cheer of the night was reserved for Animal, with the poor Thekla under threat of sinking as everyone jumped, danced and yelled their way through. Reassuringly, the band were grinning like Cheshire cats throughout, looking like they were enjoying themselves just the same as when Mary caught them last September.

Closing the set with “In Search of…”, it turned into a 10 minute rave-off, strobes and multicoloured lights galore. The shouts for an encore ignored, Miike Snow had clearly perfected the art of “leaving the crowd wanting more ” or “going out on a high” – perfect.

MP3: Miike Snow – Animal

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2 Responses

3:07 pm
1st February 2010

Good review, it seemed to be a really short set and I’m sure they only played for about 45 minutes…. Do you know who the support band were? And which band was the guest singer from?

5:25 pm
1st February 2010

I timed the set at just over an hour, although it probably seemed a little shorter as there were only about 8 or so songs. The support was Ali Love and he said the guest singer was from the band ‘Teenagers In Tokyo’.

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