It’s a Thursday night and Brixton Academy is packed out with fans growing restless, waiting for the main act.
Miike Snow started out as a personal project, many years and two albums later, it is plain to see just how popular they have become. Their latest LP Happy to You was released on the 19th of March enjoying praise from the critics and public alike, securing a decent amount of airplay on mainstream radio stations.
The band is made up of Swedish producers Christian Karlsson and Pontus Winnberg (famous for doing Britney song Toxic) as well as American singer songwriter Andrew Wyatt. After listening to Miike Snow you would be forgiven for assuming that the outfit might be more suited to the confines of the studio with their style of heavily edited and post produced electronic pop, but tonight was all engaging. Opening with an extended intro to Enter The Joker’s Lair and then an uptempo dance version of The Wave it was obvious that Miike Snow intended to give this live performance their all.
This tactic of pumping up the more lively songs lent itself well to the venue with Brixton awash with dancing bodies and waving hands. During big tracks Silva and Burial the room was well and truly buzzing but it was with the poor placement of some of the more relaxed album tracks that separated the atmosphere.
The sound quality was also questionable as the lyrics were not easy to decipher, something that will not have bothered the fans who were instantly satisfied with the energy that Miike Snow had injected into their performance. But what if this was your first taste of the Swedish-American trio, had the band done enough to make an impact?
The final song was bound to be their anthem, Animal and with the room bouncing along to the beat it was plain to see that the evening had been a success for the fans. Miike Snow had been energetic around the stage, diving from drum kits to soundboards and keyboards alike, stepping away from the studio and injecting some showmanship into their performance.
A little more care with the setlist and vocal output would have taken this evening to the next level, but I highly doubt that anyone with a love for Miike Snow left this sold out gig dissatisfied.