L to R: Silas Utke Graae Jørgensen, Johan Wohlert, Jonas Bjerre, Bo Madsen

Mew Guitarist Bo Madsen Has Left the Band

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

Jul 01, 2015 Photography by Wendy Lynch Redfern
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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."

This comes after Mew played two shows this past weekend without Madsen (at the Best Kept Secret Festival in Holland and the Bråvalla Festival in Sweden). No formal reason has been given for Madsen's departure. Mew will continue, with Mads Wegner filling in for Madsen.

This not the first time a founding member of Mew has left the band. Bassist Johan Wohlert sat out the recording and touring of 2009's No More Stories..., but returned for this year's +-. It appears having all four founding members together (including vocalist Jonas Bjerre and drummer Silas Utke Graae Jørgensen) was a short lived affair. Whatever is going on behind the scenes, we wish Madsen and the rest of Mew the best and hope that they still find away to work together again. Here is the full statement from the band:

"After 20 years playing together in Mew, the band and Bo Madsen have decided to part ways for the time being.  

At present the rest of us will continue with Mew.  

We are happy to tell you that guitarist Mads Wegner will be joining us on our upcomingd to seeing you all out there.

Thank you for your understanding and support.

Jonas, Johan and Silas"

Check out the recent video for "The Night Believer" below. It features 1,000 of Mew's fans. Below that are the band's upcoming North American tour dates, which

Mew performed at Under the Radar's SXSW party this year. They also kept a SXSW diary for us, recently made a mixtape for us, and wrote a guest blog on a British design TV show. Also pick up Under the Radar's current print issue to read an interview with Mew's Jonas Bjerre.

Mew North American Tour Dates:

September:

17   North Park Theatre, San Diego, CA

18   Observatory, Santa Ana, CA

19   The Bunkhouse Saloon, Las Vegas, NV

25   The Fonda Theatre, Hollywood, CA

26   The Fillmore, San Francisco, CA

28   Wonder Ballroom, Portland, OR

29   Venue, Vancouver, BC Canada

30   Neumos, Seattle, WA

October:

 2    The Complex, Salt Lake City, UT

 3    Gothic Theatre, Denver, CO

 5    Triple Rock, Minneapolis, MN

 6    Metro, Chicago, IL

 7    Lee's Palace, Toronto, ON Canada

 9    9:30 Club, Washington, D.C.

10   Webster Hall, New York, NY

11   Paradise Rock Club, Boston, MA



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