Miike Snow @ The Paradise 10.22.12
by Toni Tiemann (Journalism), published December 6th 2012
photos by Tim Ferguson
If the members of Miike Snow were deterred by the move of their Oct. 22 show from the Orpheum Theatre to Paradise Rock Club, it was not apparent in their performance.
One show attendee, Michael Breer, 30, said he thought the group played a great show. “I thought it was a really good venue,” Breer said. “It was a lot better than Orpheum would have been because Paradise lends itself to dancing.”
The night began with an opening performance from the Swedish electronic group Niki and the Dove, led by vocalist Malin Dahlström. The group’s mystical sounds were comparable only to their movements, lit up by colored flashing lights wrapped into their hands. Dahlström’s vocals would sound something like that of Santigold had Santi White performed in the eighties. The duo’s retro sound comes mainly from Gustaf Karlöf’s pop melodies on synth behind Dahlström’s eerie voice. The stage was set up with two microphones for vocals, each with differing sound effects establishing Dahlström’s distinguishable voice. After beginning the set, she adorned herself with a large floral headdress and swayed with colorful paper fans.
Though there was no full drum set, Karlöf still managed to create a powerful driving feel to the songs with a single floor tom. Karlöf was impressive at his craft, simultaneously working multiple synthesizers and a keyboard. His performance built the songs in a way that was easy to groove into for those in the crowd that let themselves fall into the bizarre nature of the performance.
And then the five touring members of Miike Snow walked on stage, each dressed in a black silk track-jacket prepared to fill every crevice of the Dise withenergy. Miike Snow had an elaborate stage set-up for a venue of such small magnitude, with a great number of yellow and red lights, as well as multiple keyboards, synthesizers and large midi controllers crammed on the tiny stage.
Any frequent concertgoer knows there are two basic elements to a truly great show experience: the artist’s performance and the environment created by the crowd. Miike Snow held both. The group played a mix of songs from their self-titled first album with hits from the new release, “Happy to You.” The show began with the popular new track “The Wave” followed by the older “Cult Logic,” with the majority of the audience seemingly comprised of dedicated fans familiar with the lyrics and melodies of the entire performance.
The white lights covering the backdrop of the stage would occasionally light up the crowd more than the group themselves, unveiling each face of the crowd that came to savor this moment when it was so easy to feel alive.
While most lead singers maintain the majority of an audience’s focus, vocalist Andrew Wyatt spent much of the set toward the back of the stage, highlighting the talents of the other band members. Miike Snow kept a playful tone throughout the show, maintaining an intimate feel with the crowd. During “Burial” the chants from the audience took over the room, rising above Wyatt’s volume. Like an involuntary movement, listeners kept tempo with their hands, clapping along during songs such as “Sylvia.”
Miike Snow played a fairly short encore of two songs, finally closing with the hit “Animal.” The track was sped up in tempo compared to the studio version, providing an atmosphere of wild jumping and dancing. Just when the crowd began to applaud believing the show was ending, the band erupted more powerful than ever, sending the audience into frenzy once more before it was time to let the night close.