I feel I’ve ignored Mew long enough, and it’s time to take a stand: the Danish trio’s second single from “No More Stories…” — “Repeaterbeater” — is pretty great, and it’s accompanying music video may help you understand.
The premise is this: a priest hypnotizes the band and they jut forth, sweating, pulsing through a mansion like they’re the haunting, rather than the haunted. The constant churning of the guitar riff and dark bassline is as weirdly paranoid as the setting. There’s all sorts of cute horror and ghost film references — like the static TV from “Poltergeist” — and even a woman draped in white that glows! (Though, we’ve seen that move before, and we laughed a little harder.)
Mew’s singers attack their notes in the higher registers, but it’s still an aggressive song and melody — you don’t have to be screamy to get your point acorss (we’re looking at you, Brand New).
Plus, the dudes are pretty good actors.
Mew’s album, the full title of which is “No More Stories I’m Sorry They Washed Away, No more Stories the World is Grey I’m Tired Let’s Wash Away,” was released in late August. They’ve been getting a boost in popularity due to their opening slot on Nine Inch Nails’ Farewell tour.