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Friday, April 13, 2007

Mew - SXSW

Mew0001The band is now made up of Jonas Bjerre, Bo Madsen, and Silas Utke Graae Jørgensen, after former member Johan Wohlert left to become a father full-time. The band originates from the neighborhood Hellerup, north of Copenhagen, though the members now all reside in London, England. Inspired by My Bloody Valentine, the Pixies, Dinosaur Jr., Pet Shop Boys and Prince, the Danish band Mew crafts expansive space-pop songs with the epic drive of rock. Whilst their music may be classified as Indie and on occasion prog rock, they sometimes humorously refer to it themselves as "pretentious art rock", or in guitarist Bo's words, "the world's only indie stadium band". Additionally, after the release of their latest album, And the Glass Handed Kites, they were described as making "dreamy thunderstorm pop".
Mew became a huge success in Denmark when they emerged on the scene alongside the likes of Carpark North, Swan Lee and Saybia, amongst others, in 2003. At the 2003 Danish Music Critics Award Show, Mew was awarded prizes for "Album of the Year" and "Band of the Year".
After a European tour supporting R.E.M. they have begun to attract wider attention. Their latest album And the Glass Handed Kites was released in Denmark on September 19, 2005, and in the UK and rest of Europe on September 26. They are MTV Asia "Buzz-Worthy" as of January, 2006, and at the recent DMA06 (Danish Music Awards) they took home 4 statuettes. And the Glass Handed Kites was released in the United States on July 25, 2006.


Mew - SXSW

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