MewX Podcast

This is THE Mew podcast, 100% for fans by fans. In each episode we aim to reminisce and talk nostalgia, as well as analyze and discuss everything about each song in the Mew back catalog.

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Hosted By: Thomas Dyregaard, Oddvar Røste, Ann Lancaster, Heather Tinneny

Welcome to The MewX Podcast!

This week we’re recapping the first season of the podcast. We get help from Mew’s lead singer, Jonas Bjerre, who answers a lot of questions we had about the songs we’ve covered so far. We also get into the hidden mixtape Jonas made for us, which can be found at the end of episode #008.

If you’re not familiar with the song, we recommend listening to it before starting the episode.

Credits:

  • Host: Thomas Dyregaard
  • Co-hosts: Ann Lancaster, Oddvar Røste and Heather Tinneny

Songs covered:

Mew Merry Xmas Transmission 2018:

  1. Sport Master part 1 (Silas and Jonas free jam in Venice Beach in 2004)
  2. Nervous (straight up version)
  3. Happy Jazz Jam
  4. Girl’s voice from the woods
  5. Carry Me To Safety verse (demo)
  6. Water Slides (excerpt, early very different version)
  7. Number 5 In The Sky, The Doc And The Prof Up So High (5th floor, Singapore)
  8. My Complications (excerpt, recording glockenspiel)
  9. Sport Master part 2 (Silas and Jonas free jam in Venice Beach in 2004)
  10. I Am Shaky (early demo from 2004, later changed into part for Sometimes Life Isn’t Easy)
  11. Making Friends (otherworld version)
  12. Recording Of Intro, Self-Oscillation from South By SouthWest show in 2015
  13. I Am Shaky (as sung by Mari Helgerlikova, demo version 2008)

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Welcome to The MewX Podcast!

The first season of the podcast is coming to an end. Our last regular episode, before we take a little break, is the beautiful closing track from Visuals, Carry Me To Safety. We’ll be back next week with a special season wrap-up episode.

If you’re not familiar with the song, we recommend listening to it before starting the episode.

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Welcome to The MewX Podcast!

We’re back again with another song from And The Glass Handed Kites, the spectacularly sad and loud, The Seething Rain Weeps For You, and its closer, Uda Pruda.

If you’re not familiar with the song, we recommend listening to it before starting the episode.

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Welcome to The MewX Podcast!

It’s a new year, and we’re back after a short holiday break. In the first episode of 2019 we go deep into the opener of No More Stories…, New Terrain. We also talk a lot about the song you get when you play it backwards, Nervous.

If you’re not familiar with the songs, we recommend listening to them before starting the episode.

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Mew-rry Christmas and welcome to the MewX Podcast!

In this special episode we share our own personal Christmas traditions and rituals. We obviously also discuss the different versions of this week’s song, She Came Home For Christmas. Is it really a Christmas song?

If you’re not familiar with She Came Home For Christmas, we recommend listening to it, while eating your gingerbread cookies, before starting the episode.

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Welcome to the MewX Podcast!

This week we finally dig into Mew’s latest studio album, Visuals, with the funky but sad sax infused song, Twist Quest. Listen to hear our takes on it, and the most twisted quests we’ve been on.

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Welcome to the MewX Podcast!

This Friday, December 14th, Mew is releasing an album of new recordings of some of their best songs, together with Copenhagen Philharmonic. To celebrate this occasion, we’re talking about one of the songs from it, Louise Louisa. We discuss both this and the original version from And the Glass Handed Kites, and we also have a clip from the new symphonic version.

If you’re not familiar with the song, we recommend listening to it before starting the episode.

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  • Host: Thomas Dyregaard
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Frenger stories:

  • Aaron Sandoval:I had honestly barely paid any attention to it. I have a bizarre habit of turning albums off before the last track (usually get busy and go do something else lol?), and I think my digital copy of And The Glass Handed Kites was missing it for a while.It really floored me when I saw it live though. I nearly bust out crying. I think a lot of Mew’s music is much more emotional and riddled with sentiment than is ever really mention, but a lot of the music is kind of hidden behind multiple layers of abstraction (like And The Glass… and even Frengers deals a lot with fear and insecurity but it’s not entirely obvious at first) so when you get to Louise Louisa it’s a real change of pace from everything else because of how direct it is. It’s a pretty overtly downbeat song, and the lyrics aren’t as cryptic as everything else on the album. Combined with Jonas’ singing it packs a real emotional wallop.It doesn’t help that 2018 was a really miserable year for me and had multiple family tragedies so when I went to LA to see them it was so cool to somewhere far away from totally detached from problems back home and it felt almost fantasy like and when I was at the concert hearing “What day I have had….now it’s over…..isn’t it… ” was like FUCK coupled with some of the serious loneliness I had been feeling over the last few months (“Don’t want to be alone……”) was like damn…I can’t listen to it without tearing up anymore, and out of the thousand plus of albums I have heard by now it’s pretty rare at this point for something to make me want to do that.
  • Keir Martin:It definitely floored me when I first heard it. I was playing kites and thoroughly enjoying it. When white lips kissed faded out I thought to myself “What a great way to end an album” then Louise Louisa started playing out of nowhere and by the end of it I was pretty emotionally wrecked.
  • Nora Soto:I remember seeing it live and how emotional I got when Silas played the drums at the end. I cried like a baby.
  • Chris Hill:I was astounded when I saw Jonas roll a tear while singing the end part of the song. I thought singing it so many times wouldn’t affect him anymore. I was in the front row, Thursday, October 4 in México City. I lost it too, and shed many tears. I just hugged my girlfriend and basked in the moment.
  • Shannen Stiffler:The first time I heard this song was back in 2009. I used to play the first half of the song on repeat just to hear those few chords around 3 minutes in. I didn’t have a chance to hear it live until 2018 at the Frengers anniversary show in London. Since then the song has held much more power and emotion for me, making it harder to listen to without getting emotional.
  • Arianna Garcia Moreno:Louise Louisa is my favorite song, I first heard it way back in 2006 when I first purchase And The Glass Handed Kites CD and did my whole ritual for listening Mew albums and songs, I put on my headphones and I just lay in bed, close my eyes and listen full attention, I loved my listening sessions, I get my imagination going and made full stories or saw visuals about the songs, so when I got to Louise Louisa I just loved it so much, the line: “I’m in a car, I don’t know where we are headed for, Stay with me, Don’t want to be alone” break me every time. The first time I listen to it live but not sure if it counts was on San Diego 2015, but it wasn’t the whole song, it was on the medley version (I cry either way) but I listen the wholes version this past October and it made me cry so bad, never ending tears and little shakes. It was so emotional. I loved it.
  • Ryan Mitchell:One of my favorite songs. I only saw them once in NYC in 2015 and they didn’t play it sadly, I believe it was the +- tour.
  • Gwensarah Rymer:My strongest memory to that song is listening to it in the middle of a cold winter night driving through the Arizona desert during the 13 hour drive back home, I was carrying a secret that would change not only my own life but that of others and remember feeling the “I am in a car” part of the song pierce through me like an arrow of emotion. It felt at that moment like the only things that existed were me, the winter darkness and those lyrics. I’ve heard the song live too twice and hush that descends on the crowd is a powerful moment. I remember when I saw them with my then 8 year old, I had to remind him to breathe, he was so focused on Jonas.
  • Maria Kathrine:Me and my friends went to our second or third concert in Aarhus after the kites was released.Somehow we knew that this night was the last time we’d see each other as close friends, two of my friends were lovers, but somehow they knew that this night was their last night as lovers as well.I think it was like the 15th Mew concert we went to together and for the first time we got away from each other, as they played Louise Louisa. While we stood individually, Jonas sang the most beautiful false I’ve ever heard him do. It was so beautiful and so very sad and I completely broke into tears.Louise Louisa means so much to me! It always makes me think of this night and all of the memories I have from back then ♥️
  • Mitzi Benítez Molina:The first time I heard this song was back in 2014, I found Mew and I was searching for more songs and I fell in love instantly. I was alone in my house so I felt free to cry haha, since that moment I play this song when I’m sad and somehow it makes me feel better.This past October I heard it on live and it was a magic moment, I can’t find the words to explain how it was and how I felt, but it was wonderful and obviously, I cried.
  • Sabrina Duty:*Click the video and turn on the sound!!!!!* This was a completely organic moment and I am so thankful for its beauty!!!It reminds me of Alaska and being with my fiance exploring. Mew was a major part of our time when he came to visit me. I insisted that we play them and it just happened to sync up perfectly with the moment and view. Still one of the most beautiful memories I have ever had and we were able to capture it on film. 📷🗻🌲
  • Jutta Kivimäki:Takes me back to my younger years when my depression was way worse than now. I felt really alone with my feelings and desperate to die. But this song helped me stop self-harming and gave me comfort in general through some of the worst times in my life so far. The heartache in it makes me feel at home. I haven’t heard it live yet… waiting for that day.

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Welcome to the MewX Podcast!

Episode 5 is a bit of a history lesson, as we tell you about the man the song King Christian is about. We delve into both versions, and try to see if we can find any deeper meaning in the lyrics.

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In episode four, we talk about one of Mew’s most upbeat and in-your-face songs, Witness. We also talk about the stripped down acoustic version, and go into what the song might be about.

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  • Host: Thomas Dyregaard
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Frengers who participated in the music video:

  • Karen Ægidius:I took part of the filming of Mew’s Witness video back in 2015. It was a really intense experience. I have been a massive fan of the band for well over a decade and consider myself a core frenger, so to be on the same stage as them (the video was filmed in a theatre in Copenhagen) and see them work (or should I say witness ) was truly incredible. Bo (we miss him a lot) was super engaged in our participation, and functioned mostly as the guiding force for us, he instructed us with movement, energy levels and danced with us the whole time. Our job was essentially to head bang away and ‘let go and go wild’ as much as possible. The project took some hours if I recall correctly and we were all really broken in the shoulders and neck the following days. The vibe of the room was a healthy mix of fandom awe, fun, anticipation, and most of all excitement.
  • Ellen Hayhurst Appel:The video was shot in a theatre in Copenhagen about five minutes from where I live. I arrived pretty early and was greeted by Bo and his two daughters at the door. In the theatre they were setting everything up and only a few people were there. Bo invited us to have some soda and chips while they were getting ready. The director then explained what was going to happen and encouraged us to invite more people since there weren’t quite enough at that time. I can’t remember how long we waited. Jonas was there with his wife and their baby but I don’t think they stayed that long. When it started, we were all placed on the stage in a circle around the band. I stood directly behind Jonas which is why there are so many shots of me in the video. The director told us we should be absolutely crazy. At one point he told why should act as if we had just snorted a lot of coke, haha. Also we shouldn’t be afraid to interact and knock into the band. On the first or two they played Witness at normal speed. Then they played it at 2x speed with is how you get the slow motion shots. We also did some takes with 3x. It was ridiculously hard. We took a break after maybe 6-7 takes and I nearly fainted. It is also worth noting it was June and about 25C outside which is very hot for Denmark. In total we probably did 12-13 takes and it took maybe 2 hours. At some point I said sorry to Jonas for bumping into him so much but he just said it was great and smiled. Afterwards we took a group photo which I don’t think was ever released. I would love to see it since I stood next to Silas and gave him rabbit ears. Some fans were talking for a long time with especially Bo and Jonas. I think Silas left quite early and I can’t remember with Johan. I was quite shy so I just thanked them a lot and took a photo with Jonas.The energy was so great in the room and the members were laughing and sharing anecdotes in between takes. Bo was maybe the one of all of them who was in the best mood and was by far the member who went the craziest in the music video.I’ve saved the best for last: Maybe a week or two after the shoot I’m in central Copenhagen. It’s election season so I’m passing out folders for the party I was supporting. A lady starts walking directly towards me and I immediately think “Oh boy she’s against my party, she’s most likely going to yell at me etc. etc.” But no. Instead she says “Aren’t you the girl from the Mew music video?” I was shocked. I replied I didn’t know it had come out yet and she replied “No no it hasn’t. I’m currently editing the music video, and I recognized you! I’ve been looking at your face all day, you gave so much energy!” I was baffled. Still kind of am, that’s the only time I’ve been recognized!
  • Clara Hvid Lindecrona:I remember that they announced that they were shooting it quite late – I think only a day or two before. Nevertheless, I think there were about 40-50 of us there that made it on such short notice. We were filming at a stage in Østerbro, I think it was called Republique. I don’t remember much about getting there, just that it all seemed very informal and that there were snacks and sodas lined up at the edge of the stage. The first thing I really remember is that they had us all stand around the band in a circle – awkwardly close to them and their instruments (I remember being constantly afraid of touching Johan or his bass – I don’t know why. It’s not like the bass was gonna break from me bumping into it). We didn’t know what song we were shooting the video for until they started the music, and I think I vaguely remember someone telling us to please not tell anyone else what song the video was for before it came out.But anyways, the music started, and Witness was blasting out the speakers of the theater. They didn’t give us many instructions, basically they just told us to jump around and dance to the song. Oh, and that we weren’t supposed to look at the camera (except for one or two run-throughs), but were free to go as crazy as we wanted with our dance moves. For the first few times through, we were dancing to the song at a regular pace, and the band members were pretending to play their instruments. After a few takes, they started doing the song at a faster pace, so that the dancing would appear slow and cool in the video. So now we were jumping around even faster than before to a sped up version of Witness with an even higher pitched vocal.We did sooo many takes at that speed (I think it was 1.5). We spent hours and hours jumping around to that song. I think we only took one or two breaks that whole afternoon. I remember being in line for the restroom when Bo started talking to me, about all kinds of things. And it was really nice. He seemed genuinely interested in talking to me and finding out who I was, which I guess there is some sort of justice to considering I was spending my entire day working for him for free (not that I minded). I also remember that we did a couple of takes double speed, which was insane. We were all dancing like mad and I remember Jonas saying that we shouldn’t worry about jumping into him, that it was fine (but I think everyone was too scared to).When we were done filming, most of us stuck around for a while talking to the band. I talked to Bo for a while, then went home after an exhausting day of jumping around alongside my favorite band, recording a video for one of their new songs. I was so sore for days, but it was a good kind of sore, because it reminded me of a really fun day in which I had the opportunity to be part of the music video for Witness. Needless to say, after having such a personal connection to the song, it became on of my favorites off the record.

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Welcome to the MewX Podcast!

For our third episode, we’ll discuss Mew’s first ever single, I Should Have Been A Tsin-Tsi (For You). A song with many versions – and many opinions.

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Welcome to the MewX Podcast!

In our second episode we talk about Mew’s “sexy song”, Introducing Palace Players. Who are the Palace Players, and why are they being introduced now? These questions and much more, we discuss throughout the episode.

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Welcome to our first episode about the world’s greatest band, Mew!

Our aim for this podcast is to cover as much as possible about Mew’s songs. In our first episode we cover, what to most Mew fans (or Frengers as we like to be called) is most likely our first experience with Mew: Am I Wry? No.

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We call ourselves “Frengers. – Not quite friends, not quite strangers”

Join us at The MewX Podcast, as we dissect, analyze, reminisce and talk nostalgia, all about Mew. 100% for fans, by fans.

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