Before MEW’s last North American tour in 2015, U.S. fans waited at least six years for a chance to catch the Danish rock band in person. But Mew, whose music carries the same marvel and extravagance of a blue moon, is indubitably an experience worth waiting for.
Luckily, it only took two years for Mew to return to the States this time around. They’ll be playing at The Fillmore in San Francisco on August 22. MONAKR will open the show.
The tour rings in the band’s latest full-length, Visuals, which released last April. The album differs from Mew’s previous works in two ways: 1. It’s the fastest the band has put out a record (they hit the studio shortly after touring for +-), and 2. It’s self-produced. Despite tackling new territory, Mew’s knack for turning sound into magic holds up. With cosmic instrumentals and Jonas Bjerre’s ethereal vocals, Visuals feels like a dream sequence that finds beauty in even the most unsuspecting realities.
Take the album’s first single, “Carry Me to Safety,” which seems to follow the progression of an athlete who gets injured mid-game. Mew’s grace and grandiosity comes off both enchanting and comforting, making it as if the listener is the one being cared for.
Bjerre, who is also a graphic artist, developed and designed the visual displays for the tour. Mew’s performance will be set to colorful and dreamy imagery that’s sure to bring the experience to a whole new dimension.
For show information, please visit The Fillmore’s website. Tickets start at $25.00. Doors open at 7:00p and showtime’s at 8:00p.
Words, graphics, and concert photo by Rianna Chloe.
Promo photo by Sasha Ryabina, courtesy of Mew.