Swedish indie-pop trio Miike Snow (Christian Karlsson, Pontus Winnberg and vocalist Andrew Wyatt) took the Terminal 5 stage on Tuesday night donning gold masks. It was the first of three sold-out NYC nights, part of Miike Snow’s Happy To You tour—kicked off at Coachella—celebrating the band’s most recent release.
The three, crowded tiers of T5 weren’t particularly conducive to dancing, but that didn’t stop people from trying. There were high schoolers in plaid, there were heels and highlights, even a few suits, evidence of Miike Snow’s mass appeal. It’s no wonder: Karlsson and Winnberg have collaborated with mainstream pop giants like Britney Spears and Kylie Minogue.
The set was a mix of old and new, and songs like “Black And Blue” off of the band’s 2009 self-titled debut were met by mass cheering and fumbled sing-alongs. Though many of these songs weren’t new, the way they were presented was. Electro tweaks, slowed tempos, extended vocals and smatterings of electronic ambiance were peppered throughout these fan favorites. “Silvia,” for example, featured a drawn-out psychedelic ending.
There was a noticeable lack of chatter and pretense. Onstage banter was virtually non-existent; Andrew Wyatt addressed the crowd briefly and rarely. The encore, including “Animal,” started a mere minute or so after Miike Snow finished its “last song.” Miike Snow gave the crowd what it wanted, and the watchers celebrated with whatever miniature dance moves the space could accommodate.
Photos by Masha Kandybin