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Miike Snow & Jack Penate played Mercury Lounge, 9/15

September 16, 2009

Donning their signature white masks, Miike Snow came out swinging at a packed Mercury Lounge last night, 9/15. After opening with ‘Burial’, they tossed their masks aside and ripped into ‘Black & Blue’, a tune that, while still heavy on the electro, showed the bands strength at disco-soul.  The clear highlight was ‘Silvia‘, a song that begins with more focused vocals and structure and then morphs into a banging electro track with thick vocal effects and building beats. The furious finale of the song had Mark Ronson, who happened to be standing in front of me, bobbing his head in appreciation.  They closed with ‘In Search Of’, an electr0-groove that built layer-upon-layer up to a crescendo, then one band member at a time slowly left the stage and each layer was slowly peeled away until the stage was empty and the only sound was roaring applause.

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Miike Snow – In Search Of

Jack Penate had the tough task of following Miike Snow and I was let down.  It was my first time seeing him and after hearing the songs from his new album, Everything is New, I had big expectations.  Unfortunately, it turns out that he’s a heart-throb (screaming girls at Mercury Lounge?) that plays straight-ahead pop-rock that lacks anything original or inventive live.  There’s work to be done in order to get the quality of the songs on the record to come across live on stage.

Since I name-dropped once already, I guess I’ll add that Adele was in the front row and actually sat on stage for Jack’s entire set.

Jack Penate

Jack Penate

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8 Comments leave one →
  1. September 17, 2009 12:29 pm

    hadn’t heard of these miike snow bros before but sounds pretty chill.

  2. davidstopforth permalink
    September 18, 2009 1:30 pm

    this “in search of” tune is great. how similar is it to their other stuff?

  3. BR permalink*
    September 18, 2009 1:39 pm

    Butterteam- wuttup? Glad you dig.

    Davidstopforth – I picked up the vinyl at their gig and listened to it straight thru last night. “In Search Of” is along the same lines as the rest of the album. It’s great all the way thru. There are a couple of more downtempo songs, but it’s mostly upbeat electro loaded with hooks.

  4. September 18, 2009 5:33 pm

    So is Miike Snow worth going to see live? They are playing here in D.C. tonight, it’s at a venue that’s quite a bit out of the way and in a really bad part of town. Advise please!?

  5. BR permalink*
    September 18, 2009 5:47 pm

    Sack up and go. It won’t be a long set, but it will be good.

    • September 18, 2009 5:49 pm

      OK. Good advise. I’ll get out there somehow!

  6. Sarah permalink
    September 18, 2009 8:00 pm

    Miike Snow is amazing!!! 😀
    Best band of 09!

  7. Wes permalink
    September 19, 2009 10:08 am

    It sounds a lot like sayCet who are also definitely worth checking out.

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