News

Premiere: Mew Share Magical “In a Better Place” Video

Visuals Out Now via Play It Again Sam

May 11, 2017

There's no other band quite like Danish trio Mew. They have a unique sound (a mix of art rock, dream pop, and prog rock, led by singer Jonas Bjerre's unmistakable high-pitched voice) and a visual aesthetic all their own. More

Nine Albums Out Today Worth Hearing: Gorillaz, Feist, Mew, Sufjan Stevens, and More

Plus Thurston Moore, BNQT, Sylvan Esso, Little Cub, and Juliana Hatfield

Apr 28, 2017

Here we highlight nine albums due out today that we feel are most worth hearing. We have also included Amazon links for each album. If you click through those links and buy the album (or anything else on Amazon once you've clicked through) then Amazon rewards us with a sales percentage.  More

Mew Announce New August North American Tour Dates

Visuals Out Today via Play It Again Sam

Apr 28, 2017

Danish trio Mew released a new albumVisuals, today via Play It Again Sam. Previously the band shared the album's closing track, "Carry Me to Safety," along with videos for "85 Videos" and the jazzy "Twist Quest." More

Under the Radar Announces Spring 2017 Issue with Father John Misty on the Cover

Issue 60 Also Includes Interviews with alt-J, Grandaddy, Jarvis Cocker, Mount Eerie, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Perfume Genius, Slowdive, Little Dragon, London Grammar, Mew, Real Estate, Goldfrapp, The New Pornographers and Much More

Apr 07, 2017

Under the Radar is excited to announce the full details of our Spring 2017 Issue, which is out now digitally via Under the Radar's app and the magazine app Readly. The print version is about to ship out to subscribers and stores and will be on all newsstands soon (as well as available soon digitally via the magazine apps Zinio and Readly). More

Watch: Mew Share New Song and Lyric Video - “Twist Quest”

Visuals Due Out April 28 via Play It Again Sam

Apr 03, 2017

Danish trio Mew are releasing a new albumVisuals, on April 28 via Play It Again Sam. Previously the band shared the album's closing track, "Carry Me to Safety," along with a video for "85 Videos. More

Watch: Mew Share New Song and Video - “85 Videos”

Visuals Due Out April 28 via Play It Again Sam

Feb 16, 2017

Danish trio Mew are releasing a new albumVisuals, on April 28 via Play It Again Sam. Previously the band shared the album's closing track, "Carry Me to Safety." Now the band have shared another song from the album, "85 Videos," via a music video that matches the album artwork and the visual that accompanied "Carry Me to Safety." More

Mew Announce New Album and Tour, Share “Carry Me to Safety”

Visuals Due Out April 28 via Play It Again Sam

Jan 24, 2017

Danish trio Mew, longtime Under the Radar favorites, have announced a new album, Visuals, and shared its first single, the album's closing track, "Carry Me to Safety." Visuals is due out April 28 via Play It Again Sam. The band has also announced some European tour dates. More

Under the Radar’s Protest Sign Auction Ends Tomorrow – Moby, Mew, Tegan and Sara, and More

Bid on Protest Signs from our Protest Issue – Amanda Palmer, Best Coast, Thurston Moore, Sharon Jones, and More Help Us Donate to the American Cancer Society

Oct 24, 2016

Under the Radar's Protest Auction for the American Cancer Society ends tomorrow (Tuesday, October 25) at 2 PM eastern. You can still go to eBay to bid on all of the autographed musician-made protest signs featured in Under the Radar's 2016 Protest Issue, with all profits going to the American Cancer Society. The auction includes protest signs made by Tegan and SaraAmanda PalmerBest CoastSharon JonesThurston MooreBanks & SteelzMobyMewOK GoOkkervil RiverMetronomyWild BeastsCar Seat HeadrestLushLocal NativesJulien BakerSuper Furry AnimalsBilly BraggPerfect PussyWye OakEverything EverythingSchool of Seven BellsDeerhoofKristin KontrolAndrew W.K.YeasayerNatalie PrassSuperchunkThe Julie RuinFrankie CosmosKevin MorbyLUHTacocatXiu XiuSlow Club, and many others. More

Under the Radar Examines Music and Politics with the 2016 Protest Issue

Special Issue Takes On Sexism and Feminism in the Music Industry, Tackles the Election, and Features Amanda Palmer on the Cover

Sep 09, 2016

Under the Radar is excited to announce the full details of our 2016 Protest Issue (out September, October, and into November), which is out now both digitally and on newsstands. We've done a Protest Issue every U.S. Presidential election year since 2004 and as before this issue features articles examining the intersection of music and politics and photo shoots with musicians holding protest signs of their own making. Then in mid-October we will be launching our charity Protest Auction, in which we auction off all the protest signs in the issue, with all profits going to the American Cancer SocietyMore

Dec 08, 2015

Mew's "My Complications" has gotten the remix treatment, thanks to DNKL. The original version of song is found on the band's latest album, + -, released earlier this year. The remix stripes out most of the guitars and drums for a more chilled out version of the song. Check it out below. More

Premiere: Mew - “Making Friends” Video

Imaginary Friends and Italian Horror

Nov 24, 2015

After a lengthy absence from recording, Copenhagen's Mew returned this year with their sixth studio LP, +-. Today, we're premiering the otherworldly, visually inventive video for album cut "Making Friends."  More

Listen: Mew - “Witness (Olugbenga Adelekan of Metronomy Remix)”

+- Out Now via [PIAS] America, U.S. Tour Starts This Week

Sep 16, 2015

Mew's new U.S. tour starts this week. In honor of that they've shared a new remix of "Witness" by Olugbenga Adelekan, the bassist for Metronomy. He adds a lot more meat and heft to the song and you can check out his remix below, followed by the band's tour dates. The song is taken from the band's latest album, + -, released earlier this year. More

Aug 17, 2015

Back in June Mew already shared an ambitious video for "The Night Believer." It was an inventive undertaking that featured 1,000 of their fans (from 65 countries) singing along to the song seamlessly edited into clips with the band.  More

Watch: Mew - “Witness” Video

+- Out Now via [PIAS] America

Jul 13, 2015

Mew's last video, for "The Night Believer," was quite an ambitious and inventive undertaking as it featured 1,000 of their fans (from 65 countries) singing along to the song seamlessly edited into clips with the band. More

Mew Guitarist Bo Madsen Has Left the Band

Founding Member M.I.A. From Recent Shows, Band Issues Statement

Jul 01, 2015

Mew guitarist Bo Madsen has left the band. The Danish band has posted a statement on their website announcing his departure, although there's enough ambiguity in it that fans might hope it's a temporary measure, as it says that Mew and Madsen "have decided to part ways for the time being." More

Jun 24, 2015

From June 19-21, Hilvarenbeek, Netherlands hosted the third edition of Best Kept SecretMore

Jun 11, 2015

Mew seem to have quite a devoted fanbase (for good reason, they are a great band) and in the Danish group's inventive new video they have involved exactly 1,000 of their fans (from 65 countries).  More

Mew Announce New North American Tour Dates

+- Out Now via [PIAS] America; The Dodos to Support All Dates

Jun 09, 2015

Under the Radar favorites Mew have announced a slew of new North American tour dates to go down this September and October. More

Listen: Mew - “Witness”

New Album+- Out April 27

Apr 10, 2015

Later this month Mew will release their brand new album +-. More

Watch: Mew - “Water Slides” Video

New Album +- Out April 28

Mar 31, 2015

Danish outfit Mew have premiered a brand new music video featuring "Water Slides," the latest single from the band's forthcoming LP +-.  More

SXSW 2015 Diary: Mew

+- Due Out April 27 via [PIAS] America

Mar 30, 2015

The Danish band Mew kept a diary of their SXSW 2015 experience. Mew is frontman Jonas Bjerre, bassist Johan Wohlert, guitarist Bo Madsen, and drummer Silas Utke Graae Jørgensen. The band's new album, +-, is out April 27 via [PIAS] America. More

Check Out Photos from the Under the Radar SXSW 2015 Day Party of Montreal and Mew

Plus Shots of East India Youth, Jacco Gardner, SOAK, Matthew E. White, and Pompeii

Mar 29, 2015

Under the Radar's own Wendy Lynch Redfern and Laura Studarus were down in Austin for SXSW last week. Here's a selection of their live photos from the Under the Radar Daytime event at The Flamingo Cantina on Thursday, March 19, 2015. More

What I’m Watching: Johan Wohlert of Mew on “Grand Designs UK”

+- Out April 28 via [PIAS] America - Playing Under the Radar's SXSW Day Party This Thursday

Mar 18, 2015

For What I'm Watching an artist will simply tell us about a TV show they have been watching or a movie they recently saw. For this installment Johan Wohlert of the Danish band Mew writes about a British TV show he's been into. Mew's new album, +-, is due out April 28 via [PIAS] America. More

Premiere: Mew Mixtape (SXSW Party Edition)

Under the Radar’s SXSW Day Party is Thurs, March 18

Mar 13, 2015

Next week, Under the Radar is hosting two SXSW parties. In honor of the occasion, Mew, who will be playing our day party, handcrafted us a mixtape.  More

Mar 10, 2015

Next month Mew return with their latest album +-More

Under the Radar’s SXSW 2015 Events to Feature of Montreal, Mew, Torres, San Fermin, and Many More

Thursday Day Party and Saturday Official Nighttime Showcase; Lineups Also Include East India Youth, Matthew E. White, Boxed In, Jacco Gardner, and Others

Mar 06, 2015

Under the Radar magazine is excited to reveal the full lineups, poster, and set times for our two SXSW 2015 events. This year we are having a day party at the Flamingo Cantina on Thursday, March 19, and an official nighttime showcase at Central Presbyterian Church on Saturday, March 21. Our events are set to feature performances from of MontrealMewTorresSan FerminEast India YouthMatthew E. WhiteJacco GardnerBoxed InSOAKAmasonSpringtime CarnivorePompeiiTalk in Tongues, and Dinner. More

Feb 03, 2015

Danish outfit Mew have premiered a brand new music video featuring "Satellites," the lead single off the band's upcoming new album +-. More

Jan 19, 2015

Danish musical artists Mew have announced the release of their sixth studio album, +-More

Listen: Mew - “Making Friends”

Band Currently At Work on New Album

Dec 02, 2013

Currently hard at work on their next full-length album, Danish trio Mew have shared a brand new track from their sessions called "Making Friends." More

Nov 08, 2012

While there’s no word yet on an official album (although on the band’s Facebook they promised that they have something  up their sleeve, “growing bigger and faster and too big to handle.”), today Mew gave us a first taste of what’s to come.  More

Feb 11, 2011

Sometimes you can’t do it without a little help from your friends. Just ask film maker Rune Schjøt, whose new film Skyskraber comes with a soundtrack via Mew frontman, Jonas Bjerre. More

Jan 05, 2011

Excellent Danish art-rock trio Mew will digitally release Eggs Are Funny next week on January 11 via Columbia We have the details. More

Off Festival 2010 Day Two Recap - Mew, Radio Dept., and others

Tunng and Others Rock the Polish Festival

Aug 08, 2010

Day two I managed to will away my jet lag. Good thingMuchy, Tunng, Hey, Mew and The Radio Dept. demanded my full attention. More

Mew Premieres Creepy New Video for “Beach”

Chanting Children are Never a Good Thing

Apr 23, 2010

Mew's creepy new music video for "Beach" cements the fact that the Danish trio make the best music videos in indie rockdom. For evidence of Jonas Bjerre's former job as a film animator and special effects artist, check out the very professional clips for "Repeaterbeater" and "Introducing Palace Players." "Beach" starts with some Children of the Corn-esque kids chanting in a born with a storm brewing outside. We have the video. More

Coachella Set Times Announced… Where’s Mew?

Band Bows Out Due to “Unforeseen Health Issues”

Apr 13, 2010

Last night, Coachella released set times for this year's festival (this weekend, April 16th-18th). While we were busy agonizing over the inevitable conflicts (Charlotte Gainsbourg vs. Jónsi? Local Natives vs. Owen Pallet? Sly and Family Stone vs. Phoenix? C'mon!), one thing quickly became clearUnder the Radar favorites Mew (previously announced to play on Saturday) were no longer on the list. Today the band released a statement via their MySpace, confirming that their absence from the schedule was no mere typo. More

Coachella 2010 Line-Up Announced

Jay-Z, Muse, and Gorillaz to Headline Three-Day Festival

Jan 19, 2010

One of North America's most anticipated music festivals, Coachella, has announced its 2010 line-up. The three-day festival, which takes place in the California desert near Palm Springs April 16 - 18, will feature Jay-Z, Muse, and Gorillaz as the headliners. Other highlights include: Public Image Limited, The Specials, Grace Jones, Echo and the Bunnymen, Pavement, Sly and the Family Stone, Devo, LCD Soundsystem, Vampire Weekend, Grizzly Bear, Fever Ray, She & Him, Yeasayer, MGMT, Hot Chip, Dirty Projectors, Mew, Camera Obscura, Edward Sharp and the Magnetic Zeros, Thom Yorke????, Phoenix, Spoon, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Yo La Tengo, Deerhunter, The Big Pink, Florence and the Machine, Owen Pallett, and Local Natives.

  More

Mew Return to the U.S. for Headlining Trek

Enact Plan to "Pay it Forward" to Local Bands in Select Cities

Oct 15, 2009

In November and December, the Danish art rock unit Mew will bring their stadium-ready tunes from the album-of-the-year contender, No More Stories..., to live venues across the U.S. They will also be giving local bands a chance to open for them. More

Mew at the Troubadour, West Hollywood, CA

Photos of the Danish Band

Sep 02, 2009

The Danish trio Mew (who are a five-piece live) took the Troubadour stage for a sold-out show and launched right into "New Terrain," the opening track to the band's lengthily titled 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. On record the song is awash with backwards vocals and, live, singer Jonas Bjerre seemed to warp his pipes in a similar fashion. Guitarist Bo Madsen started "New Terrain" playing bongo drums, before switching to the guitar. The song was loudits bass and drums tickling at the ears and making the $2 earplugs sold at the bar briefly tempting. More

Mew at the Mewseum

Photos of Mew Perfoming at the Zune L.A. Space

Sep 01, 2009

This week the Zune L.A. gallery/performance space is hosting the Mewseum, an exhibition of Mew's music videos, including three filmed for their lengthily titled 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. The three videos are directed by Martin De Thurah and also displayed are photos from the videos. Mew performed a short set Monday night at Zune L.A. to a grouping of fans and industry folk. Before the Danish trio took the stage, the three No more stories videos were shown. More

Mew Presents the “Mewseum” in Los Angeles

A Multimedia Exhibit and a Special Performance Planned for Zune L.A.

Aug 18, 2009

Danish trio Mew will be presenting for Los Angeles fans the Mewseum at the Zune L.A. Space from August 29th through September 3rd. It will feature a multimedia gallery of Mew's videos and work, as well as a live performance from the band. More

Mew Announces US Dates With Nine Inch Nails, Metropolitan Headlining Shows

How Many Clown Butterflies Can You Stuff Into One Tour Bus?

Jul 14, 2009

Last July, the Danish prog-pop trio Mew posted a strange Video Diary clip, entitled 'Recording in Brooklyn.' Like many of the clips on the band's website, the video pairs band-shot footage with news reel-like audio. In this specific entry a voice discusses the The Large Hadron Collider (LHC), which went online last September. Talk of the ominous LHC, string theory and bending temporal space and time is just the type of stuff Mew's music evokes, and the comparison seems all the more appropriate after listening to their new time-warping LP several times over. More

Mew to Release Lengthiest-Titled Album of the Year and Announce Summer Tour

A Tour with NIN Followed by Album Release--Just Enough Time to Say the Title

May 15, 2009

Come summer, Danish post-rock band Mew will be releasing its lengthily titled new album—which is the third one to be released in America and which was recorded last summer in Brooklyn, NY—on August 25th.  More


Interviews

A Season For Cynics: Musicians Contemplate a Lesser-of-Two-Evils Election

A Conversation with Billy Bragg, Deerhoof's Greg Saunier, Kristin Kontrol, Mew's Jonas Bjerre, Moby, Thurston Moore, Okkervil River's Will Sheff, Amanda Palmer, Henry Rollins, Shearwater's Jonathan Meiburg, Superchunk's Laura Ballance, and Andrew W.K

Nov 03, 2016

On July 11, 2016, Democratic nominee for president Bernie Sanders officially endorsed Hillary Clinton for president, thereby ending one of the unlikeliest campaigns in American political history. It had been a remarkable run for the 74-year-old Vermont senator, going from barely registering in national polls to running neck and neck with Clinton throughout much of the primary. And, if public statements and Twitter endorsements are to be believed, the world of indie rock stood almost unanimously in their support for him. Vampire Weekend, TV on the Radio, Grizzly Bear-all performed for Sanders at his rallies. Killer Mike of Run the Jewels filmed interviews with Sanders to help spread his message. More

2015 Artist Survey: Mew

Jonas Bjerre on 2015's Best Albums, Music Streaming, the Election, the Paris Terror Attacks, Star Wars, and Childhood Memories

Feb 15, 2016

For Under the Radar's 13th annual Artist Survey we emailed some of our favorite artists a few questions relating to 2015. We asked them about their favorite albums of the year and their thoughts on various notable 2015 news stories involving either the music industry or world events, as well as some quirkier personal questions. Here are some answers from Jonas Bjerre of Mew. Mew's latest album, +-, was released in 2015 via [PIAS]. A shorter version of this interview ran in the Best of 2015 print issue, which is still on newsstands now.

Mew

Going Back To Where You Belong

Jul 15, 2015

"We get really caught up in the details. It's kind of a sickness," laughs Mew frontman Jonas Bjerre when the protracted break between 2009's No More Stories... and their new album +- is broached. "I mean, we were doing other things, like touring," he says, sounding a tad defensive.  More

Mew

Music, The Universe, and Everything

Apr 21, 2015

On Mew’s new album +-, there’s a song called “Witness,” where a low-voiced singer rasps his way through the band’s signature layers of guitars and pounding percussion. Frontman Jonas Bjerre, who typically delivers his enigmatic lyrics in falsetto, assures that yes — that’s him on the track. More

Mew’s Jonas Bjerre

Standing on Skyscrapers

Sep 01, 2011

Most fans know Jonas Bjerre as the dewy-voiced frontman of Mew. Since their inception in 1994, Bjerre’s show stopping falsetto has become a band trademark, soaring above the trio’s often-complex prog arrangements. Currently between albums (Mew released their ambitiously titled third 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 in 2009Bjerre stepped away to compose the delicate soundtrack for the Danish coming-of-age comedy, Skyskraber. More

Indie Rock Parenting 101

Musician Moms and Dads on the Challenges of Raising Children on the Road

Mar 22, 2010

Whatever the perception, as any parent will tell you, raising children is hard work, and for a working musician, balancing writing, recording, and touring with being a full-time mom or dad can be extra tricky. More

Mew

On New Ground

Aug 07, 2009

On August 25th, Danish band Mew will release perhaps the most ambitious (and ambitiously-titled) album in the group's decade plus history. 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 marks a sonic left turn from the more aggressive guitar-based textures of the band's last album, 2005's And the Glass Handed Kites. Mew's Jonas Bjerre talked to Under the Radar about the band's new album, continuing without bassist Johan Wohlert, and being invited to support Nine Inch Nails on that band's final U.S. tour. More


Reviews

Visuals

Visuals

Play It Again Sam

Apr 27, 2017

Danish trio Mew are hipsters outside the cool scene; prog-rockers more interested in creating epic, dreamy pop than singing about ancient monuments More

+-

+-

[PIAS] America

Apr 03, 2015

You expect Mew to play the angles, every single one of them. Fortunately none of them are ever obtuse. More

SXSW 2015 Thursday - Under the Radar Party - of Montreal, Mew, East India Youth, SOAK, and More

Mar 30, 2015

"We played a show at 7'oclock this morning, which is entirely too early to be playing a rock 'n' roll concert," said Matthew E. White. The Richmond, VA-based singer/songwriter/guitarist was up on stage at the Flamingo Cantina, for a second-on-the-bill 12:45 PM set at Under the Radar's SXSW day party.  More

Off Festival 2010 Day Two Recap - Mew, Radio Dept., and others

August 8th, 2010

Aug 08, 2010

Day two I managed to will away my jet lag. Good thingMuchy, Tunng, Hey, Mew and The Radio Dept. demanded my full attention. More

Mew at The Henry Fonda Theater, Hollywood, CA

December 14th, 2009

Dec 17, 2009

The quote of the evening goes to the girl next to mewho just before Mew took the stage emphatically announced "Mew aren't Danish! They're from Denmark!" Errr...pardon? Audience confusion aside, the three Danes men from Denmark known as Mew (along with two touring members on bass and keyboard) put on one heck of a show-even after a delayed entrance post curtain-rise caused the (much saner) girl next to me to mutter, "Concertsyou're doing it wrong!" More

No More Stories Are Told Today I’m Sorry They Washed Away No More Stories the World Is Grey…

No More Stories Are Told Today I’m Sorry They Washed Away No More Stories the World Is Grey…

Columbia

Sep 09, 2009

Don't let the cumbersome album title or the pictographic clown-butterfly intermezzos fool you. Danish trio Mew is surely grandiose, but still a few concept albums shy of bat-shit crazy. In fact, No More Stories is fairly tame in comparison to 2005's labyrinthine and gloomy song suite, And the Glass Handed Kites. Where Kites stockpiled instrumentation, No More Stories cuts the fat and makes do with the group's new orientation (bassist Johan Wohlert left the band to concentrate on fatherhood). More

Mew at the Troubadour, West Hollywood, CA

September 2nd, 2009

Sep 02, 2009

The Danish trio Mew (who are a five-piece live) took the Troubadour stage for a sold-out show and launched right into "New Terrain," the opening track to the band's lengthily titled 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. On record the song is awash with backwards vocals and, live, singer Jonas Bjerre seemed to warp his pipes in a similar fashion. Guitarist Bo Madsen started "New Terrain" playing bongo drums, before switching to the guitar. The song was loudits bass and drums tickling at the ears and making the $2 earplugs sold at the bar briefly tempting. More

Mew at the Mewseum at the Zune L.A. Space, Los Angeles, CA

September 1st, 2009

Sep 01, 2009

This week the Zune L.A. gallery/performance space is hosting the Mewseum, an exhibition of Mew's music videos, including three filmed for their lengthily titled 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. The three videos are directed by Martin De Thurah and also displayed are photos from the videos. Mew performed a short set Monday night at Zune L.A. to a grouping of fans and industry folk. Before the Danish trio took the stage, the three No more stories videos were shown. More