What Makes Mew Such A Fantastic Danish Emo-Pop Band?

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About Mew

Mew plays a rock-type-pop that I find to be incredibly interesting.

Most of their instruments just consist of guitar, bass, drums, and then some synths overtop. They do make really good use of the electronic elements in their music though, the synthesized parts, which I really enjoy.

Mew was probably one of the first pop bands that I really got into. After a year or two in my life of discovering new music, most of what I listened to was very dark and emotional music (ie. Tool).

I had a generally negative disposition for pop at that time, but after Shan Dave (From Irepress) recommended them to me, I took a listen and my love for pop was revived.

Mew's best album is by far "And The Glass Handed Kites". It's this incredible progressive pop album where each song just continually flows into the next.

I remember when I had my wisdom teeth removed, I came out of the dentist's very high (I don't do drugs, so whatever they had me on had an exponential effect!).

On my iPod, I was listening to Mew in the car. I remember very specifically feeling INCREDIBLY good when the song "Apocalypso" started playing.

Every single note of the guitar just came alive in my head, I practically had an orgasm from it. I'm pretty sure that was my most intimate moment with music, ever.

Although they are a pop band, I could see even the most underground listeners liking them. They've got appeal for a general audience, as well as a more alternative audience.

I recommend being in "feel good, but serious" kind of mood when listening to Mew.

Although they are super poppy, and really catchy (Fulfilling), there is also kind of an emo or dark undertone to the tunes, so it's not 100% light-hearted.

So I recommend you not be 100% light hearted when listening to them!

I think it's also notable that Rich Costey (Producer: Muse, The Mars Volta, Audioslave, Circa Survive) worked with Mew on some of their albums, so that probably had a big impact on the maturity of the band.

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