Posted in music | pictures on December 7, 2009

words & photos by Dominick Mastrangelo

Mew

Webster Hall seemed a perfect fit for the Danish band Mew on Friday night (12/4). With songs that require so much space to swirl about, the venue was better suited than their show at the Music Hall of Williamsburg in the summer. All the wondrous video projections were back though the set list changed around from their last visit. Unfortunately, gone was the opening one-two punch of "New Terrain"/"Introducing Palace Players" (that lead off their new record, No More Stories...) and worked to perfection at MHOW. "Terrain" made an edited, stripped down appearance during a medley midway through the show. "Palace Players" was arguably the highlight of the night, sandwiched into a flurry of sprawling rockers including "Special" and "Am I Wry? No". The wandering intro gave way to the Flaming Lips-like choral arrangement (reproduced via synth live) before dropping into a back and forth between Bo Madsen's jagged guitar riff and Silas Utke Graae Jørgensen's pulsing back beat, which held the song up for the briefest of moments, before the bass launched the song forward and it was on from there. Lead singer Jonas Bjerre's falsetto was clear and pitch perfect during the intro to "Sometimes Life Isn't Easy" (complete with school children's choir projected on screen behind them) after the instrumental "Reprise" turned intro for the beautiful, mid-tempo "Silas The Magic Car". "Louisa Louisa", "A song we haven't played in a couple of years or something," Madsen told the crowd, finished off the show.

Editor's note: Part of me knew I was in a venue more suited for Mew (as Dominick pointed out) than the smaller Music Hall of Williamsburg - the massiveness of the crowd and strobes even made it seem all the more epic, but as someone who got there just in time for the headliner (aka I was stuck all the way in the back of the packed venue and/or peering over people's heads in the balcony), I was longing for the more intimate and focused experience I had at Music Hall.

Bear in Heaven opened the show. Echo & the Bunnymen's Ian McCulloch played a set in the same building on the same night. More pictures from Mew (with the setlist) below...

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Comments (13)

This show was great! I especially loved the projection of the cat playing violin. CATS!

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2009 4:14 PM

mehew

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2009 4:15 PM

mehew

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2009 4:16 PM

meow

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2009 4:21 PM

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2009 4:39 PM

Fabulous photos and review! mew was amazing.

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2009 5:29 PM

Great shhow.. but the setlist had comfort sounds wtf

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2009 9:52 PM

GREAT SHOW!!!!

And kudos to Bear in Heavan. Their live sound wasn't as polished to my ears/eyes (bad mix / extreme bass /mud) , but they carried themselves well and I suspect they will be adjusting to the larger stage/crowd experience shortly.

That was the best I've ever seen Mew. Also my best veiwing/listening position so that probably helped.

Thanks for putting up these pics!

Posted by Burg | December 8, 2009 9:40 AM

Yeah, that set list is clearly labeled "Boston."

Posted by Anonymous | December 8, 2009 12:11 PM

Great show! And great pictures.

Posted by GG | December 8, 2009 5:01 PM

How drunk was Mac?

Posted by Anonymous | December 9, 2009 7:18 PM

Nice pictures. Thanks for sharing.

Posted by Ryan | March 19, 2010 11:59 AM

Violin-playing cats were awesome! meow meow meow....

Posted by Trevor | March 19, 2010 12:02 PM

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