A scorching room full of people too close for comfort, all awaiting the music of a Swedish band on their first American tour. Miike Snow is making a name for themselves everywhere they go. It's obvious that Dallas is already won over; they sold out the Granada Theater last night.
They are a 3-member group that stems from a previous band, Bloodshy and Avant. No, none of them are named Miike, or Snow. The group creates electro pop beats and matches up various vocal pitches to make some of the best indie music around.
Canon Blue opened for Miike, and all they can hope for is some smidgen of fame from this tour. They are not impressive as a whole, but the percussion gives any glimmer they have to offer. CB is in its own category of electro pop. They set up two percussionists alongside a lead singer with a guitar and a synth, in order to bring something different to the table. The vocals don't have any pattern and the lyrics aren't comprehensible. The drummers smash up beats and tempos so fast, it sounds like the song is changing every thirty seconds. This sounds like a bad thing but it keeps the crowd on their toes, and helps build excitement. There wasn't a flow to their music, so there's no connectivity or recognition that can be easily made.
Five white masks appeared onstage soon after Canon Blue exited. The mystery of the band members’ identities stayed intact through three songs. Lights shone through the members’ profiles and helped create an ambiance for the night. "Burial" came up early, and led the way for their second single, "Black and Blue." Frontman Andrew Wyatt began showing his moves towards the end of the song, and then abruptly ripped his mask off along with the entire group.
There is an intricate patter to the teamwork involved for this band to work. Throughout the set, multiple crewmembers were moving equipment, hooking up new wires, and just generally allowing the show to run smoothly. Two band mates stood alongside one another next to the singer, and moved over their soundboards in concentrated rhythm. Creating this music is no easy task. The lights had their own show going on. They were set up to the beats of each song, and would blind the crowd at times or diminish with a slowing track.
"Sylvia” was a crowd favorite (of course), being their first single. Wyatt sounds even better live by exuding different energies through each song and showing clarity and ease. No one said much of anything to the crowd, except the usual "thank you" and "this is _____ (name of track here)." There wasn’t a need to; the audience was already so hyped up.
A giant dance party entailed in the Granada. "Plastic Jungle" maintained the high level of excitement. This is my favorite track from the group. The slowed beat and jazzy sound effects bring a new element to the band and generally spices up their sound. A three-man drum solo in the middle of the track kicked it up a notch as well.
"Animal" brought the show to an end (before the encore) and proved why this group is so successful. Their music and beats are made to be live. The tempo is always high, and the merging of Wyatt's confident but modest vocals with the array of sounds create a colorful mix of something new. Miike Snow's success has exploded ten fold since they released their first and only self-titled album. So this is a warning, if you see a Miike Snow show announced buy your ticket abruptly.