Mew is a band from Denmark that makes alternative rock most of the time (in other cases, their music is...less definable). After releasing their first 2 albums on indie labels strictly in their home country, Mew were signed by Epic Records in 2003, which handled the distribution of all their subsequent records worldwide.Tired of bland imported pop in the early 90's and "the lack of a truly alternative scene in Denmark", they decided to help form one. Determined to not make predictable songs, Mew tried their best to make each song as different and interesting as possible (though still rooted in guitar rock for the most part). This is a tradition they carry on to this day.The lineup consists of Jonas Bjerre (lead vocals), Bo Madsen (guitar), Silas Utke Graae Jørgensen (drums) and Johan Wohlert (bass). In 2006 the bassist left the band to spend more time with his family, and the band was a 3-piece until summer 2014, when they confirmed he was back on board.Albums so far:
- 1997: A Triumph for Man (later re-issued with a bonus CD)
- 2000: Half the World Is Watching Me (same as above)
- 2003: Frengers
- 2005: And the Glass Handed Kites
- 2009: 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
- 2015: + -
The band provides examples of the following:
- Awesome Mc Cool Name: Their drummer Silas Utke Graae Jørgensen. Seriously.
- Bishōnen: Pretty much all of them, but the lead singer◊ qualifies especially.
- Broken Record: "The Zookeeper's Boy".
- B-Side: Of the many singles the band has released, most are very tough to find and afford once you find them.
- Concept Album: And the Glass Handed Kites is centered around the theme of fear and nightmares.
- "Apocalypso" from the same album is reportedly about the fear of death.
- Double Meaning Title: And The Glass Handed Kites, depending on how you interpret it.
- Epic Rocking: "Comforting Sounds" is almost 9 minutes long.
- Lucky Charms Title: + -
- Lyrical Dissonance: "156" seems to be sung by a stalker and has some slightly unsettling lines, but the song itself is very calm. "Hawaii" has a very cheerful tune but the lyrics are quite sad.
- Lyrical Shoehorn: "Satellites"I wanna breathe in a sunlight beam
I wanna be with a girl like she
- Obsession Song: "156", and possibly "Snow Brigade" and "Special".
- Overly Long Title: Their fifth album's title, often shortened to No More Stories....
- Rearrange the Song: Frengers is their first international release and features completely new songs plus some rearranged songs from their first two albums.
- Savage Wolves: The dark and dissonant instrumental "Circuitry of the Wolf" seems to be about this.
- Scatting: No Shadow Kick. What the song has to do with shadows, or kicking for that matter, is unclear.
- A "No Shadow Kick" is a martial arts technique. The gibberish in the song sounds vaguely like Chinese, so the band probably chose that title hoping someone would get the humor behind it.
- Surreal Music Video: Most of their videos qualify in some way.
- Translated Cover Version: They did a version of their own "White Lips Kissed", in Japanese!
- Title Track: Played with on their fifth album; "Hawaii Dream" is not the name of the album, but its lyrics are. This also makes the entire song one big Title Drop.
- Uncommon Time:
- "Am I Wry? No" has an ending in 13/4.
- "156" has a refrain in 13/4.
- "Hawaii" has 11/4 choruses.
- "Vaccine" has an 11/4 ending.
- "Repeaterbeater" has choruses in 22/4.
- "Intermezzo 2" includes 10/4.
- "Sometimes Life Isn't Easy" is all over the place.
- Word Salad Lyrics: Their songs have pretty abstract and random lyrics. Word of God says this is intentional, as they think straightforward lyrics would be less interesting.