Other noteworthy moments are the tropical sounds of “Hawaii” that suddenly change gears into an epic choir, and “Tricks of the Trade” which is probably Mew’s most electronically based song to date.
I was lucky enough to catch Mew’s set at the 2009 Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago, one of the few shows in the US that Mew played on their summer tour. Although their stage presence was relatively mellow, the sound they produced was as enormous and enveloping as I hoped it would be. The band tested some tracks from No More Stories… including “Sometimes Life Isn’t Easy” which became a great sing-along despite the fact that most members of the audience had not heard the song yet. Fan favorites from And the Glass Handed Kites sounded perfect and were most likely heard by other festival-goers watching Grizzly Bear on the other side of the park.
It was obvious that the small audience who had collected at the Balance Stage for Mew’s set knew that they had been a part of something special. Hopefully No More Stories… will gather the larger fanbase Mew deserves. It is undoubtedly one of the largest records of the summer and will please Mew fans and those new to their music.
No More Stories… is available now digitally and will be in stores on August 25th. Also make sure to check out Mew on their current world tour with Nine Inch Nails.