Getting Laid in Denmark

By Anand Balasubrahmanyan December 10, 2009

Mew's epic new 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 kicks off with a song (“New Terrain”) that can be played backwards and reveal an entirely different song (“Nervous”). So yeah, they are prog rock.

And they are sexy pretentious.


The Danish trio have a distinctive rumble. The drums pound with an off-kilter strut. Gnarled guitar figures muscle through synth sweeps and singer Jonas Bjerre's stratospheric falsetto is naïve yet confident. Queensyrche hires the singer from Sigur Ros and goes shoegaze? Not even close.

The band is best when it's rocking out, which is most of time. On career highlight “Zookeeper's Boy” they tangle up a groove with complex bass and guitar interplay then unravels it into a climax that's simultaneously effeminate, dorky and stunning. They don't worry about the D&D implications of headbanging to complex time signatures and just let themselves go with grandiose and infectious joy.

Or maybe feathered hair and Yes impressions get you laid in Denmark.

Mew play Neumos tonight. Doors at 8pm. Tickets $14.


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