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Tour Preview: Mew set to return to North America as part of 2017 Tour

Mew set to return to North America as part of 2017 Tour

Danish band Mew will make a very welcomed return to North America this summer following the release of their latest album entitled Visuals earlier this spring.

Visuals is the band’s seventh album, however, it marks their first release since long time guitarist and founding member Bo Madsen’s parting from the group in 2015. While Madsen’s absence has not gone unnoticed, the band still has that unmistakably familiar feel to them that all of us fans, or should I say “frengers” know and love – proving that they are perfectly capable of carrying on (once again) as a trio.

Aside from being the first album without their guitarist of over twenty years, Visuals is also Mew’s first self-produced album. The band has been known to spend three to four years crafting albums, so when compared to those in the past, it came together much quicker than its predecessors, having only just released + – (Plus Minus) two years ago. But don’t let its celerity alarm you. Though the days of more prominent guitars and odd time signatures are easy to miss, regardless of the dynamics of the band their sound continues to remain powerful and innovative.

Given the album title, combined with frontman Jonas Bjerre’s background with incredible artwork and animation for the band, one can only imagine that the literal visuals on this tour alone are sure to be nothing short of spectacular. The album art speaks for itself, which according to Bjerre, was essentially created by making kaleidoscopes and projecting them onto themselves. The same dazzling effects were used to create the video for their single “85 Videos.”

Mew’s current touring lineup consists of lead vocalist Jonas Bjerre, bassist Johan Wohlert, and drummer Silas Utke Graae Jørgensen – along with guitarist Mads Wegner and keyboardist Nick Watts.

The tour will kick off on August 3rd at the Bowery Ballroom in New York with a total of 18 dates across the US including a stop in Vancouver, all of which take place in August. Mark your calendars!

Tickets are on sale now.

Check out tour dates and listen to Visuals sampler below.

Visuals 2017 North American Tour Dates:
Aug. 03 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
Aug. 04 – Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg
Aug. 05 – Washington, D.C. – 9:30 Club
Aug. 07 – Philadelphia, PA – The Foundry at The Fillmore
Aug. 08 – Boston, MA – The Sinclair
Aug. 10 – Toronto, ON – Mod Club
Aug. 11 – Detroit, MI – Magic Stick
Aug. 12 – Chicago, IL – Park West
Aug. 13 – St. Paul, MN – Turf Club
Aug. 15 – Denver, CO – Bluebird Theatre
Aug. 16 – Salt Lake City, UT – The State Room
Aug. 18 – Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theatre
Aug. 19 – Seattle, WA – Neumos
Aug. 20 – Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre
Aug. 22 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
Aug. 24 – San Diego, CA – The Observatory North Park
Aug. 25 – Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory
Aug. 26 – Los Angeles, CA – El Rey Theatre

Born and raised in North Carolina, Cynthia Haithcock is a self-taught photographer who has always had a love for taking photos. Along with photography, music is also one of her greatest passions in life. She attended her first concert in her early teens, which soon after resulted in her spending most of her youth at numerous gigs. She quickly became addicted to documenting the music scene and began further pursuing digital imagery while shooting local rock and metal bands in various cities around NC. She later joined Shutter 16 in 2011 and has since had the opportunity to cover many talented acts, both local and national. From crowded bars, to sold out stadiums, few things make her happier than being behind the lens, especially when it involves combining and sharing her favorite forms of art.


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