Holy crap, it’s like Peter Gabriel came out of hiding, turned young and started making music again. This is a good thing because who the fuck doesn’t like Peter Gabriel? For those of you not in the “know,” Miike Snow is not a person. Miike Snow is three people. American singer and songwriter Andrew Wyatt, who you may know as the vocalist in bands The A.M. and Fires of Rome (and actually recorded his first solo album at Peter Gabriel’s studio), and two very talented producers Christian Karlsson and Pontus Winnberg, who have had the pleasure of making successful hits for a few artists you may have heard of: Britney Spears, Kylie Minogue and Madonna. “Toxic” being the biggest hit—ever heard of it or one of its 25 different covers?
Miike Snow’s first album, the self-titled Miike Snow, was phenomenal. Truly phenomenal. It was catchy tune after catchy tune: “Animal,” “Burial,” “Silvia,” “Song for No One,” “Black and Blue,” “A Horse is not a Home,” the list goes on. Nothing was wrong with this album. It was magical jams for every bar and party and super great to dance to in front of the mirror. Just enough sass, pop, rock, electronic beeps and boops and reggae. It was so diverse and wonderful. Lyrics weren’t too deep, but still made perfect sense per track. It got people asking, “What’s next? We want something bigger and better! This is awesome!”
So, two years later, they came out with Happy to You, and it was just kind of there. It flew under the radar. Publications picked up on it no doubt, and all your friends sent you the links to the album and you got super-duper excited because you have been waiting eagerly to hear something new from these guys, but upon listening the universal reaction was “Eh, It sounds like Miike Snow.” They put out such a great first album that was so diverse that we wanted it to keep getting better and better, but the reaction was “Yep, sounds like Miike Snow.” I’m not telling you not to listen to it, or that it’s not good, I’m just sayin’ don’t listen to it after you listen to their first album. Go new, then old, and don’t think about when they were both released.
Live, they’re great. Hopefully they’ll play so much of their first album you won’t know where those second album tracks went. They put on an energetic and trippy set that includes additional live band members and white masks that stops you in your tracks and makes you ask yourself if you accidently ate that acid you keep in your wallet for emergencies. I know, I know, who keeps acid in their wallet in case of emergency? I do, that’s who. All critiques of the album aside, go see this band if you are afraid to dance in public. The audience doesn’t care, and you’ll find yourself wiling out and doing the Elaine Dance acid or no acid. They’ll make you move.
See more photos and our review of their two shows at LostInConcert.com