Posted in music | pictures on August 25, 2009

review and photos by Dominick Mastrangelo

Mew

As people filed out of the Music Hall of Williamsburg Monday night (8/24), comments like "gave me chills" and "that was amazing" could be overheard. Yes, it's garden variety, post-concert stuff, but as the buzz drifted down N. 6th toward Bedford Ave. it was clear those claims were not just hyperbole. Yes, Mew, the Danish art rockers, do epic as well and as effortlessly (and chill-inducing) as anyone. Despite confiding to the sold out Music Hall that they get "extra special nervous" when playing to a New York crowd ,the trio produced a breathless display of pulsating beats, soaring vocals and bizarre, and at times creepy (but always perfectly synced), video projections

Their new record No More Stories... (Sony BMG) drops today (8/25) and yet you could tell who already had the record by those mouthing the words to the set and record openers "New Terrain" and "Introducing Palace Players". The former featured band members, Jonas Bjerre, Bo Madsen, and Silas Utke Graae Jørgensen in spotlights in the middle of the stage to start before Madsen and Jørgensen moved to their instruments on the sides. Their supporting musicians took the stage to finish off the song and launch right into the angular, staccato beats of "Players."

The crowd found full voice though on older numbers "Special" and "The Zookeeper's Boy" from 2005's And The Glass Handed Kites (Song BMG). The youngest of the 16+ crowd lined the stage, pushing and straining to touch Bjerre like he was Jesus, or Morrissey.

The projected visuals were beautiful and twisted: cats playing violins, contrasty doll heads floating over the musicians, children providing the chorus of "Sometimes Life Isn't Easy" and on "Am I Wry? No", the simple squiggly script, 'Am I wry?'

For the encore, the sprawling "Comforting Sounds", Madsen came out, gushed his affection for the crowd who gushed right back, and as he began playing was joined by Bjerre and finally Jørgensen with the rest of the band building the song into its eight-minute fury. - Dominick

--

Amazing show, though a bit on the short side. Definitely the best Mew show I've seen so far. The choice of venue helped. Violens opened. Mew's next show is Wednesday night (8/26) at Terminal 5. It's their first date with Nine Inch Nails on the 'Wave Goodbye' tour (all dates here). More pictures below...

Violens

Violens

Violens

Violens

Violens

Violens

Mew

Violens

Violens

Mew

Mew

Mew

Mew

Mew

Mew

Mew

Mew

Mew

Mew

Mew

Mew

Mew

Mew

Mew

Mew

Mew

Mew

Mew

Mew

Mew

Mew

Mew

Mew

Mew

Mew

Mew

Mew

Mew

setlist?

---

      

Comments (33)

those guys totally rock art.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2009 10:38 AM

i was absolutely blown away. totally floored last night.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2009 10:49 AM

hope these guys are as good at T5

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2009 10:51 AM

epic show

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2009 10:52 AM

I've been to many concerts, but I've never been this compelled to describe one as immensely beautiful. Absolutely amazing. Unbelievable.

Posted by diana | August 25, 2009 11:08 AM

Unbelievable. Fantastic Show. Hope they come back soon.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2009 11:10 AM

These photos are incredible! A+

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2009 11:17 AM

I'm sure Devyn took Better photos and a Better review posted on her site.

Posted by No Pants! | August 25, 2009 11:29 AM

cool, did they completely shut off the lights for the visuals? looked really dark. sad i missed this

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2009 11:32 AM

Who's Devyn?

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2009 11:35 AM

11:29^

i highly doubt it.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2009 11:40 AM

My name is marc Hough this show was sooo good I jizzed in my pants about 4 times. I also wanked it when I got home

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2009 12:32 PM

i'm already online for wednesdays show

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2009 12:43 PM

marc also jizzed in my pants. good show.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2009 12:48 PM

Approximate setlist from memory. Probably slightly off, so if you know any better, by all means adjust where necessary.

new terrain
introducing palace players
apocalypso
special
the zookeepers boy
repeater beater
sometimes life isn't easy
156
am i wry? no
hawaii
snow brigade

encore:
comforting sounds

Posted by Mike | August 25, 2009 12:48 PM

The show really was beautiful. MEW transformed that small concert venue into their own world. Quite possibly the best show I've seen this year (and I've seen many), and definitely the best I've seen from them.

Also, all the photos here are really fantastic. I love the one with all Bo, Jonas, and Silas-- I believe it was for New Terrain. Fabulou!

Posted by GG | August 25, 2009 12:56 PM

The way they did 156 last night knocked me on the floor.

Posted by Johanna | August 25, 2009 1:00 PM

am i the only person who thought the sound was HORRIBLE? it was painfully loud, and everything sounded completely garbled! you could barely hear any vocal whatsoever most of the time.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2009 1:55 PM

But it was the most beautiful painfully loud and completely garbled sound I have ever heard. I may never leave my house again.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2009 2:21 PM

1:55, carefully scoop the jizz out of your ears and place it back into your pants or the pants of Marc Hough. Show of the ages.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2009 2:22 PM

setlist is at least off by one song: mew played 'white lips kissed,' though i'm not sure when (after either 'special' or 'zookeeper's boy'

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2009 2:30 PM

the show was great, they played beautifully and epic-ly, but yes the sound was way too big for mhow, and so it sounded garbled... a lot of it was lost in the mix, and it was too loud. but that was my only complaint, GREAT show...

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2009 3:03 PM

AMAZING!!! In kind of shitty sound, I hate the way they look, normally i don't listen to this crap, awesome, epic way.

Posted by Burg | August 25, 2009 3:09 PM

3:09 - What language are you speaking, or typing?

Posted by Frenger | August 25, 2009 3:27 PM

Mew Setlist: http://tiny.cc/zVqRZ

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2009 3:49 PM

White Lips Kissed followed Zookeeper's Boy. They played Circuitry of The Wolf and Chinaberry Tree back to back- not Apocalypso, which I wish they would have played. Other than obvious ones that would have been great to hear, why didn't they play Beach? I found that odd.

This was amazing, bordering on epic. Incredible show. But 2 years ago at Irving Plaza they played a 20-song set that was truly epic.

Posted by rainer | August 25, 2009 4:13 PM

First, let me say that I am not a Mew "fan" and honestly I don't (or didn't) know most of their songs well. Having said that, I thought it was a very good show, though I agree the sound was a bit TOO loud (esp. bassy). I LOVED Palace Players & Special, as well as Zookeeper & the encore.

BTW, although I don't know all their material well, I am quite sure that they did NOT do Apocalypso (indicated in the setlist). The song they did between Palace Players & Special . . . not sure what it was, but I wasn't wild about it (or 156, which just seemed to drag on endlessly). A few of their songs start sounding a bit like YES, which I find somewhat annoying. I WISH they'd done Apocalypso instead - it's a great song.

Posted by JasonNYC | August 25, 2009 4:17 PM

Anyone get a recording of the show?

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2009 4:34 PM

Oh, almost forgot . . . one of the nicest surprises of the evening was NYC's own Violens, whom I'd never heard of - they played a short but top-rate set!

Posted by JasonNYC | August 25, 2009 4:42 PM

check out my video of their amazing intro to 156 at williamsburg on 8/24


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HzTY3OBIqk0

:D

most amazing show ever.

Posted by sulli | August 26, 2009 10:18 AM

Actual setlist:

New Terrain
Introducing Palace Players
Circuitry of the Wolf
Chinaberry Tree
Special
The Zookeeper's Boy
White Lips Kissed (->Uda Pruda)
Am I Wry? No
156
Hawaii
Repeaterbeater
Sometimes Life Isn't Easy
Snow Brigade
-----
Comforting Sounds

They haven't begun playing Beach yet unfortunately, and this was the first performance of Hawaii.

Posted by Kasper Husted | August 26, 2009 12:17 PM

The first performance? I thought it was the last.

Posted by bowtrol | January 18, 2010 3:07 PM

That was a great performance.Loved it

Posted by Acnezine | February 9, 2010 2:15 PM

Leave a Comment