Concert Review: Mew in Boston, MA
Reviewed by: Sally Feller
Jonas Bjerre: vocals and guitar
Bo Madsen: guitar
Silas Utke Graae Jorgensen
Danish indie alternative rock sensation Mew played to a packed Paradise Rock Club last Saturday and had the whole place dancing. Despite some sound issues that seemed to swallow Bjerre’s vocals, Mew kept the concert alive and kicking. Helping to pull together the ethereal feel of their music was a projector screen depicting some otherworldly, trippy visuals. I was vaguely reminded of Nine Inch Nails shows by the escapism element of the show…you really felt like you were being transported to some mythical place, a not altogether wholesome place, but one with dark caves and valleys amidst the utopian landscape. Mew also brought to my mind the likes of Sigur Ros, New Order, and a mix of “The Neverending Story” and Guilllermo del Toro-style movie soundtracks. Adding to the feeling of concert astral projection was Bjerre’s unnerving, but captivating voice.
Color me surprised to find that Mew’s music translates over to the American audience. That’s not to put down their sound, by any means (in fact, I’d argue that American listeners need to be jangled out of their musical comfort zone as often as possible), but I feel that it likely startles some listeners that are used to the typical alternative music they hear on their radio stations. However, the venue was full of an interesting mix of both Americans and Danes. The latter group holding their home flag up like a pride banner and singing every single word along with Bjerre. Their energy, combined of course with Mew’s electric performance, fed the more reclusive crowd of concert-going Americans.
Mew is currently on tour with Nine Inch Nails and Jane’s Addiction in Europe alongside doing their own tour to promote their latest 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. I didn’t make that title up, I swear. Crazy album title aside, Mew can count me in as a new fan. I highly suggest that if you find Mew coming to your town this summer/fall that you get your butt in line for tickets on their musical voyage.