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Miike Snow at Venue

Miike Snow concert photo

Miike Snow at Venue, Sept 29 2009. Jessica Bardosh photo.

Review and photos – Miike Snow at Venue, Vancouver, Sept 29 2009

– review by Katy Horsley/photos by Jessica Bardosh

Around 10:30 pm, Miike Snow, touring as a five piece, cast its blue-man group style silhouettes against a stark white lite-brite backdrop that displayed the Swedish band’s name.

Christian Karlsson and Pontus Winnberg, also known as Bloodshy and Avant, are the group’s core; they’ve written and produced for Kylie Minogue, Madonna and Britney Spears, as well as singer/songwriter Andrew Wyatt. The duo came out with faces hidden by white ghost masks, like the Joker’s wrecking ball crew or A Clockwork Orange’s milk-happy droogs and dressed in black shiny nylon clubhouse-style sleek bombers and blue jeans, giving them a quasi greaser-moderne feel.

By track three, the frontmen had taken off their masks. I have to say I wasn’t actually a witness to it, which kind of amazed me – I, the oh-so-jaded, malcontent was actually so absorbed by a performance that my typically impeccable observational skills were successfully impeded for a few moments. Hats off to you, Miike Snow; I was actually enjoying myself. Hot damn!

To exact their sonic assault, the seemingly sensitive pop scientists utilized many an electronic gadget, but a few “organic” instruments, including guitar and drums, added a certain warmth to the Snow’s emotional, silvery pop.

While I had never even heard of this act until a day before the show, I was really impressed. The songs were catchy and recognizable without being annoyingly so, while the Swedish gang of lads’ trendy dance/electro/pop landscapes brought to mind an amalgam of Coldplay, Depeche Mode, Sigur Ros, Duran Duran and the Police.

The five-piece also played as though they really dug what they were doing, without being precious about it. The only drawback of the night was that the teeming and ever-enthusiastic crowd wasn’t given an encore. The screaming, wailing, clapping, and adoration was all there, but the band simply did not oblige. Perhaps it is their heavy touring schedule, or the hype, who knows, but it seemed to be a bit of a letdown. Audience members who caught me taking notes even remarked, “Hey I thought it was a great show, but like, no encore, that is pretty lame, and you should mention it.” So I am.

I really did think the show was great, and being a musician myself I do understand that sometimes, even with an audience going bonkers, with so many shows ahead, you just want to be done. That said, if the crowd is really “loving it,” as this one was, give them an encore. How hard is it to play one more song?! It just seemed a little cold – a little Miike Snow-y, if you will.

That said, I would definitely see the band again. Which, for me, is saying a lot, as I am kind of a bastard.

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3 responses to “Miike Snow at Venue

  1. 11 years ago  

    Jessica< saw you there with that fancy Canon< wish i had an slr but my G5 had to do, great pics, love the shot with the mike snow lcd crop,
    i understand your view about the no encore, but i thought it was pretty classy to end in such a fashion that they did making everyone want more, we live in such a world where everything is more more more until one is so glutted that one may tire of the moment losing its appreciation value,

    like a dessrt you never want to finish, relish the moment and enjoy!
    that and i expected it to be the last song from someone elses review that they end like so.

    But actually to be honest, I saw it coming so I was prepared, such as many who were not. but they are from sweden right? who knows what they do up there
    <but if they keep turning out mad beats that connect from so many genres in turn making us smile< what else left is there?

    Big ups to your article.
    if you want you can peek at my shots found here:

    Mike …. with one “I”

  2. 11 years ago  

    Saw Miike Snow in Seattle last night .. Amazing! We didn’t have the LCD backdrop, just the rabbit with antlers but that was enough.

    The only disappointing thing was because they jam on their songs for so long they only play so many .. It felt like a short show they they played for an hour. Plus they didn’t come back for an encore.

    I was still very impressed as were my friends. Very good live show.


  3. 11 years ago  

    Great show. i didnt actually know miike snow prior to coming, but it was fantastic. great pictures too.

    I believe they couldn’t do an encore because the venue opens up as a club after so i think they were on a tight schedule. D: which is pretty lame. i could also be wrong so im not sure.

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