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Interview: Mew

 
By on Friday, 30th October 2009 at 12:00 pm
 

Mew (album cover)Mew‘s new album, the rather lengthily titled ‘No More Stories/Are Told Today/I’m Sorry/They Washed Away/No More Stories/The World Is Grey/I’m Tired/Let’s Wash Away’, is one of my favourites of 2009 so far. I was fortunate enough to get get frontman Jonas Bjerre to answer a few quick questions….

Hello Jonas. What are you up to today?

I am making a new animation for the live visuals, it’s a pretty ambitious one with armatures and play dough and fimo clay, reindeer skulls. I am also drinking coffee and later on today I’m gonna cook some beets that I have lying around here..

When I caught you at the ICA a couple of months ago, you had some brilliant projections behind you. Did you do these yourselves, or do you have a friend that does these for you? Now you’re playing bigger venues in November, are we going to see a bigger and more exciting production?

I do pretty much all of them myself, though we are using a bit of new material from the directors who have made our new music videos for this album. It’s a very time consuming matter, but it’s very rewarding as well.

Your new album is absolutely amazing. When you started writing for it, did you have any idea of the direction you wanted to go in? Or did it just all happen organically? It certainly seems a bit more upbeat than “And the Glass Handed Kites”.

Thank you! We had a few themes we wanted in there, definitely summer and sun and warmth, kind of like a counter-reaction to what seemed to have a hold of us during the making of Kites.

After the jump: Jonas talks tree-top gigs, naked people and palindromes.
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Video of the Moment #146: Mew

 
By on Monday, 28th September 2009 at 6:00 pm
 

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Mew – Repeaterbeater

Ahh, Mew. One of my favourite bands, like, ever. This is the video to their new single, Repeaterbeater, which is taken from (the amazingly titled) “No more stories. Are told today. Im sorry. They washed away. No more stories. The world is grey. Im tired. Lets wash away” (avalaible now from Amazon)

It’s suitably grand, bizarre and plain excellent – Watch and enjoy.

 

Video of the Day #94: Mew

 
By on Thursday, 6th August 2009 at 6:00 pm
 

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Mew – Introducing Palace Players

Lasers, murky forests and strange objects? Well, it can only be Mew’s new video for their lead single from their forthcoming album. Genius.

 

Album Review: Mew – No More Stories

 
By on Monday, 3rd August 2009 at 12:00 pm
 

Mew (album cover)There Goes The Fear have been writing quite a lot about Danish pop-come-prog rock trio, Mew, recently. We can’t help it…we’re all super excited about their return this August, and we think you should be too…

This week, TGTF were lucky enough to be handed the band’s upcoming fifth album, ‘No More Stories/Are Told Today/I’m Sorry/They Washed Away/No More Stories/The World Is Grey/I’m Tired/Let’s Wash Away’. Although we think this album title is beyond awesome, if it’s all ok with you, we’re gunna shorten it to the first three words henceforth. Anyway… described by the band’s press release as a “towering masterpiece”, we were obviously more than eager to check this record out as soon as we got it.

‘No More Stories’ kicks off with ‘New Terrain’, an epic and experimental number which ultimately resembles the sound of that one time you reversed one of those Pink Floyd tracks in order to hear that rumoured subliminal message. Ending on a flourish of beautiful strings, ‘New Terrain’ leads nicely into ‘Introducing Palace Players’. The track starts amid a funky guitar riff, before in come bubbly space-age synths and angelic harmonies. ‘Introducing Palace Players’ is our first taste of Mew’s preference for lack of structure in a song, however the track certainly has an underlying, contagious groove to it throughout. Track four, ‘Repeater Beater’ is similarly mismashed. Kicking off with an unexpectedly brash opening – suddenly in comes a super jagged, uncomfortable guitar riff. However, Mew counterbalance the harsh sound with their beautifully poppy harmonies, tying the song together nicely into a surprise-filled 2.34 minutes.

However, Mew certainly aren’t scared of the odd long track. ‘Cartoons and Macreme Wounds’ is a psychedelic 7 minute wonder, angelically trippy from start to finish thanks to its spacey synths, haunting falsetto harmonies and dramatic percussion. ‘Sometimes Life Isn’t Easy’ is similarly lengthy at 5 minutes and 21 seconds long. A sentimental piano opens up the track, before in comes a sudden onslaught of synths and energetically high, Flaming Lips-style vocals. Before we know it, dreamy sounds are coming at us in all directions, while chirpy hand claps and uplifting kid choirs simultaneously add a real touch of brightness to this sunny song. Meanwhile, ‘Hawaii’ is another super-warming track amid ‘No More Stories’. Trancey vocals combined with fun, calypso-style percussion gives this otherwise space-aged song an exotic, luminous-edge.

Tracks such as ‘Silas the Magic Car’, ‘Vaccine’ and ‘Tricks’ are proof that Mew’s harmoniously trippy sound can sometimes drag a little. Despite the band’s undeniable inventiveness amid every single song, Mew’s music can often begin to sound the same, mainly due to lack of change in the vocal department. However, the band ultimately end ‘No More Stories’ on a brilliant note with track 14, ‘Reprise’. The song starts off intriguingly minimalistic until the synths and epic percussion truly kicks in. Subtle echoes of dreamy vocals shine through this instrumental-led song, until suddenly all sounds numb, leaving us with nothing but the haunting words of “Hang on to me. That’ll be the first words that you learn. Listen child and believe them ’till you die. Not long for me, for you see that dreams have all grown. And I still want ten children of my own…”. Emotionally-charged synths continue to linger for a few minutes, before quietly drifting away, ending ‘No More Stories’ on an incredibly haunting, hairs standing up on the back of your neck-note.

Check out Mew’s MySpace page. Pre-order ‘No More Stories’ , released August 24th, over at Amazon.co.uk for £8.98.

 

Bands to Watch #123: Mew

 
By on Wednesday, 15th July 2009 at 12:00 pm
 

Mew (album cover)‘Band to Watch’ pieces here at There Goes The Fear are usually reserved for those up and coming talents who we really love and think you should too. However, today, we’ve decided to be a little different, since the band we are focusing on aren’t that new at all. In fact, the act in question have been around a pretty hefty 15 years. Ladies and gentleman, we’re talking about the awesome Danish dream-pop come prog-rock trio that is Mew.

Ok, ok, so, many of you probably already know about the band and their beautifully abstract sounds. So what’s the point of this whole post, you may wonder? Well. We thought it was apt to write a fresh radar piece on the guys since August 24th shall see the release of Mew’s fifth album, awesomly titled (..now, wait for this) – ‘No More Stories/Are Told Today/I’m Sorry/They Washed Away/No More Stories/The World Is Grey/I’m Tired/Let’s Wash Away’. Produced by Rick Costley (who has worked with the likes of Nine Inch Nails, Franz Ferdinand and Glasvegas), the album is said to be one humongously epic, experimental masterpiece filled with “dream-inspired lyrics, tricky shifting keys and time signatures, labyrinthine arrangements of overlapping, unexpected harmonies and sugary heaven-bound vocals”. I’m sure you’ll agree it all sounds incredibly trippy, and judging by the sneek previews the band have provided over on their MySpace page, Mew certainly seem set on taking us on one hell of a mystical-ride with the upcoming ‘No More Stories’.

Pre-order ‘No More Stories’ over at Amazon.co.uk now for £8.98. Mew are on tour in November – catch our full listing here.

 

Mew / November 2009 UK Tour

 
By on Wednesday, 15th July 2009 at 10:30 am
 

Mew are currently one of our favourite bands here at TGTF. Their album, Frengers, is always a favourite, in and out of our CD player like no tomorrow.

Tickets for the below dates are on sale now. Go, get them whilst you can!!

Tuesday 3rd November 2009 – Wolverhampton Wulfrun
Wednesday 4th November 2009 – Dublin Academy
Thursday 5th November 2009 – Glasgow ABC
Friday 6th November 2009 – Manchester Academy 2
Saturday 7th November 2009 – Leeds Metropolitan University
Monday 9th November 2009 – Bristol Anson Rooms
Tuesday 10th November 2009 – London Shepherds Bush Empire

 
 
 

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