LOS ANGELES — (Monday, August 17, 2015) — Combining roundabouts, zoos and robots, considered some of the very best aspects of Copenhagen, Danish alt-rockers MEW debut the music video for their song “The Night Believer” from the band’s current album ” + – ” (plus minus) [PIAS].
Produced by the UK-based Kestrel Media, the video was conceived by Lianne Pierce who also created the Pixies’ animated video for “Bagboy.” For “The Night Believer” video, Pierce teamed up with the stop-motion animator Will Hodge (Disney’s “Frankenweenie,” Wes Anderson’s “Fantastic Mr. Fox”). Pierce and Hodge set to work crafting 2D, cardboard creatures to cruise around in colorful, plasticine cars, using stop motion and After Effects trickery to bring everything to life. The result is a race between a variety of critters and a towering, hungry robot, all tangled in a myriad of color and accompanied by the cheery tune of “The Night Believer.”
” + – ” was released on April 28 to spectacular reviews in outlets like Pitchfork, Stereogum and Under the Radar. The album held the #2 spot on Billboard‘s Heatseekers chart and has amassed more than two-million Spotify plays. The track “Witness” is getting airplay on SiriusXM, KCRW, KEXP and other NPR and AAA stations across the country.
Mew – Jonas Bjerre/vocals, Johan Wohlert/bass, and drummer Silas Utke Graae Jorgensen, will be joined by guest guitarist Mads Wegner and keyboardist Nick Watts, for the band’s first North American tour in five years, set to launch on September 17 in San Diego. Mew will utilize video, LED trees and other special lighting to create a quixotic experience for concert-goers. The set list will include fan-favorites such as “Zookeeper’s Boy,” “Am I Wry? No,” “Comforting Sounds,” and “Snow Brigade,” interspersed seamlessly alongside new tracks like “Satellites,” “Water Slides,” and “Witness.” The complete itinerary is below.
17 North Park Theatre, San Diego, CA
18 Observatory, Santa Ana, CA
19 The Sayers Club, Las Vegas, NV
25 The Fonda Theatre, Hollywood, CA
26 The Fillmore, San Francisco, CA
28 Wonder Ballroom, Portland, OR
29 Venue, Vancouver, BC Canada
30 Neumos, Seattle, WA
2 The Complex, Salt Lake City, UT
3 Gothic Theatre, Denver, CO
5 Triple Rock, Minneapolis, MN
6 Metro, Chicago, IL
7 Lee’s Palace, Toronto, ON Canada
9 9:30 Club, Washington, D.C.
10 Webster Hall, New York, NY
11 Paradise Rock Club, Boston, MA
+ -9:30 ClubAfter EffectsDisneyFantastic Mr. FoxFrankenweenieGothic TheatreJohan WohlertJonas BjerreKCRWKestrel MediaKEXPLee's PalaceLianne PierceMads WegnerMetroMewNeumosNick WattsNorth Park TheatreNPRObservatoryParadise Rock ClubSilas Utke Graae JorgensenThe ComplexThe FillmoreThe Fonda TheatreThe Night BelieverThe Sayers ClubTriple RockVenueWebster HallWes AndersonWill HodgeWonder Ballroom