Popular Swedish synth band Miike Snow are a supergroup of sorts; Each of the three members bring with them an abundance of experience and success, mesh it all together, and create some of the most celebrated indie-pop of the past few years. Their wide-spread popularity in all the cool-kid circles doesn’t seem to be going anywhere soon, and with the way their Splendour in the Grass Sydney sideshow went I think their reputation has been set in stone.
Before we were to witness Miike Snow’s intense live show, support act Clubfeet took to the stage and set the tone for the coming hours. Playing selections from their excellent 2010 LP Gold on Gold, the Australian synth-pop band immediately got everyone dancing and jumping around. Their simple-yet-effective melodies were a perfect fit for the night and surely won them more than a few new fans.
I left my cramped spot in the crowd for the intermission and returned to find the stage had become cloaked in a white smoke. All you could see were the silhouettes of the on-stage set up for Miike Snow and it consisted of a variety of instruments with one massive panel of electronics in the centre – I hadn’t seen a set-up this elaborate since The Chemical Brothers.
The shadows of Bloodshy, Avant, and front-man Andrew Wyatt, along with some additional band-mates walked out to a huge ovation and were suddenly engulfed in a glowing gold shine. Soon after, the flashing lights kicked in and the gorgeous live show had officially begun. ‘Enter the Jokers Lair’ and ‘The Wave,’ both from this year’s excellent Happy to You, were up first and came to life as Wyatt’s vocals rang out through the Metro, echoed by the adoring fans. A floaty xylophone solo completed the performance and made for a strong start.
It was fun to watch each member constantly shift around the stage to play with the great amount of electronics packed onto the Metro stage, each bringing a crucial layer to their meticulous productions.
The set list has remained the same on their current tour, a fine selection of the highlights from both their acclaimed debut and the recent Happy to You. The awe-inspiring light display transformed with each song, ‘Cult Logic’ turned the venue red, the one-two punch of 'Pretender' and ‘Sylvia’ morphed the Metro into a strobe-filled rave mode and actually blew one of the speakers, and the popular ‘Black & Blue’ was unsurprisingly accompanied by a glowing blue stage.
While Wyatt proves an effective front-man, dancing around stage and constantly juggling vocals with various instruments, the man’s voice often found it hard to keep up with the hard-hitting productions of Bloodshy & Avant. As such, Wyatt’s voice shined the brightest on the slower tracks like the poignant ‘God Help This Divorce’ and the encore-opening ‘Sans Soleil.’
Each and every song received a massive ovation from the crowd, but the most energy throughout the night was seen with ‘Paddling Out’ and closer ‘Animal,’ both causing a wide-spread jump-fest sing-a-long.
Miike Snow can be rest assured that they put on one of the best Splendour sideshows in town, with an amazing live show and a large stock of fan-favourites it’s near impossible to not enjoy yourself at one of their concerts.
Enter the Jokers Lair
Bavarian #1 (Say You Will)
God Help This Divorce
Black & Blue
Black Tin Box