Timeline

Jonas Bjerre

Vocals, lyrics, keyboard, guitar

Silas Graae

Drums

Johan Wohlert

Bass

Bo Madsen

Guitar (1995-2015)

Welcome to the Mew timeline, which summarises the most important events in our band history. It will be continually updated, as we continually have new experiences that add to our history! —Jonas Bjerre

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Present Day

2017

'85 Videos'

85 Videos single is released. The accompanying music video is directed by Jonas Bjerre.

February 16, 2017

2017

'Carry Me To Safety'

Carry Me To Safety single is released. It is the first from the upcoming Visuals record.

January 24, 2017

2016

'Kites' Released on Vinyl

And the Glass Handed Kites is released on vinyl for the first time ever as a limited pressing for Record Store Day 2016. Only 2000 copies are available worldwide.

Photo Credit: Ann Lancaster

April 16, 2016

2016

'Count To Ten'

Comissioned to contribute a song to a Transformers-themed compilation album, the band release their first song after Bo's departure.

March 1, 2016

Plus Minus

2015

Village Underground, London

The band wrap up touring for +- with unusual shows in London where they play both acoustic and electric sets.

December 14, 2015

2015

First Show in Australia

Following extensive campaigning by regional fansite Mewstralia, they play live in Australia for the first time, at shows in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

Photo Credit: Mew

December 2, 2015

2015

'Making Friends'

The fifth single from +- is released with an animated video made by Jonas Bjerre himself.

November 25, 2015

2015

'The Night Believer'

A stop-motion animation video is released for The Night Believer, by visual artists Will Hodge and Lianne Pierce. Singer-songwriter Kimbra features on lead vocals on The Night Believer, and on other +- songs on backing vocals.

August 17, 2015

2015

Roskilde Festival 2015

They headline Roskilde Festival and play on the Orange Stage for the second time.

July 3, 2015

2015

Bo Leaves the Band

Having played two shows without Bo, an official statement is released confirming that the band and Bo have parted ways for the time being. In 2016, he releases a book called Jordbo.

Photo Credit: Bo Rune Madsen

July 1, 2015

2015

Mads Wegner

Mads Wegner plays live with the band for the first time following the departure of guitarist Bo Madsen at Best Kept Secret Festival.

Photo Credit: Caz Whitehead

June 21, 2015

2015

Mew365

In collaboration with Microsoft Denmark and music marketing firm VOLUME, the band invited fans to upload contributions to a specially designed website. Each participant was required to upload a photo mimicking a particular pose and a recording of them singing given lines from The Night Believer, which became the fourth single from +-.

June 8, 2015

2015

'+-'

The first album since the band's split with Sony, +- is finally released six years on from No More Stories.... It is distributed by PIAS internationally, A:larm (Universal) in Denmark, and Petroleum in Norway, Finland, and Sweden. It was produced by And The Glass Handed Kites producer Michael Beinhorn, and mixed by Frengers producer/mixing engineer Rich Costey.

Photo Credit: Mew

April 27, 2015

2015

'Witness'

The third single from +- is released. The band invited fans from Copenhagen to dance with them for several hours in order to make its music video. It involved a lot of energy.

April 10, 2015

2015

'Water Slides'

The second single from +- is released. Its video was directed by Anders Malmberg. New Zealand singer-songwriter Kimbra features on backing vocals.

March 31, 2015

2015

'Satellites'

The first single from +- is released. Originally known as Klassen, Satellites was premiered live four years prior to its eventual release at shows in Denmark.

January 23, 2015

2014

November Tour 2014

A ten show Nordic tour is kicked off by their longest show ever - 123 minutes - at Tavastia in Helsinki, Finland. They play new songs before they've been released, something the band hadn't done with previous albums.

Photo Credit: Sari Markus

November 5, 2014

2013

Johan Returns

Johan is welcomed back into the band on stage at NorthSide Festival. They later reveal Johan had been working with them in the studio since halfway through the making of +-.

June 14, 2013

2013

'Making Friends (13)'

An unfinished version of Making Friends is released as a free download. The band say it is a gesture of thanks for the fans' patience while they finish the upcoming album.

Photo Credit: Mew

November 1, 2013

2013

'Sensory Spaces'

The band release an iOS app made in conjunction with Bang and Olufsen's new digital arm, B&O Play and music marketing firm VOLUME. Alongside inviting users to point their device towards sound sources of new music, the app contained a preview of +- song Making Friends.

September 25, 2013

Hiatus

2013

No Longer Signed to Sony

The band announce on Facebook that they are no longer signed to Sony and will release new music independently. Michael Beinhorn (And the Glass Handed Kites) will produce the upcoming album.

Photo Credit: Mew

January 23, 2013

2012

Roskilde Festival 2012

They play on the Orange Stage at Roskilde Festival for the first time - the biggest stage at the biggest festival in Denmark. Their performance includes two new songs, Klassen, which later becomes Satellites from +-, and Boy.

July 7, 2012

2012

Sicily '+-' Writing

The band reveal they've started work on their 6th studio album with a video diary shot in Sicily.

April 1, 2012

2011

'Skyscraper' Released

Danish feature film Skyscraper, directed by Rune Schjøtt, is released featuring a soundtrack by Jonas Bjerre. The soundtrack is available as a CD, LP, or digital download.

September 15, 2011

2011

Hiatus Year

In 2011, and following the completion of their contract with Sony, the band took a break, focusing on individual projects and ventures. Jonas made music and put on photographic exhibitions, while Bo and Silas enrolled in artistic educational courses.

Photo Credit: Lolmew

January 1, 2011

No More Stories...

2010

Operaen

Wrapping up the No More Stories... tour cycle, they play spectacular and unusual seated shows at The Copenhagen Opera House and Musikhuset in Aarhus. The Lords of Destruction mysteriously take to the stage for the encore in place of the band.

Photo Credit: Mew

November 28, 2010

2010

First Show in South Korea

They play in South Korea for the first time, at AX-Korea in Seoul.

Photo Credit: Hyunji Choi

November 13, 2010

2010

'Panda'

A previously unreleased video for Panda, directed by the band around the time of A Triumph For Man's release, is included on the DVD of Eggs Are Funny. The video is set to a 4-track demo recording of the song from 1993-1994.

October 25, 2010

2010

'Eggs Are Funny'

The compilation Eggs Are Funny is released as a digital download on Sony and a CD or CD and DVD on Evil Office. The CD includes one new song, Do You Love It?. The DVD included all of Mew's music videos to date and a hologram cover by Jonas Bjerre where all of Mew's faces are revealed to be merging into one.

Photo Credit: Mew

October 25, 2010

2010

'Sometimes Life Isn't Easy'

A radio edit of Sometimes Life Isn't Easy is released exclusively on Spotify and iTunes in Norway.

Photo Credit: Mew

May 3, 2010

2010

'Beach'

The third single from No More Stories... is released with another video by directors by Martin De Thurah, Adam Hashemi, and Lasse Martinussen.

April 22, 2010

2009

Supporting Pixies

An old dream comes true for the band when they support their collective favourite band Pixies at a date in Washington DC.

December 1, 2009

2009

First Show in Mexico

They play in Mexico for the first time at Vive Cuervo Salón in Mexico City. Like Indonesia, Mexico has its own set of Mew fans. Theirs is called Mewxico Project.

Here they are playing on Mexican TV:

September 10, 2009

2009

Mewseum

The Zune L.A. gallery/performance space hosts the Mewseum, an exhibition of Mew's music videos, and an acoustic performance by the band.


Photo Credit: Mew

August 31, 2009

2009

'No More Stories...'

No More Stories Are Told Today I'm Sorry They Washed Away // No More Stories The World Is Grey I'm Tired Let's Wash Away released by Columbia Records (Sony). Like Frengers it is produced and mixed by Rich Costey. It was recorded at Electric Lady Studios in New York City.

Photo Credit: Mew

August 17, 2009

2009

Supporting Nine Inch Nails

They play twelve European and North American shows in support of Nine Inch Nails on their supposed last ever tour after being handpicked by Trent Reznor.

June 29, 2009

2009

'No More Stories EP'

No More Stories EP was released on A:larm Music / Evil Office featuring the first two singles from the upcoming No More Stories... album, namely Introducing Palace Players and Repeaterbeater, alongside three "B-sides".

Photo Credit: Mew

June 28, 2009

2009

'Repeaterbeater'

The second single from No More Stories... is posted online. Its video, directed like other No More Stories... videos by Martin De Thurah, Adam Hashemi, and Lasse Martinussen, involved the band listening to their own music after being hypnotised.

June 25, 2009

2009

Secret Showcase in Copenhagen

The band play a secret concert in Studio 1 in Copenhagen, the first concert during the No More Stories... tour cycle. Here they preview songs from the upcoming album. To get a ticket you had to solve a riddle which was posted to their MySpace page.

June 24, 2009

2009

'Introducing Palace Players'

The first single from No More Stories... is posted online. It features A Triumph For Man producer Damon Tutunjian on bass guitar. Its video is the first of three for the No More Stories... album directed by a team consisting of Martin De Thurah, Adam Hashemi, and Lasse Martinussen.

May 28, 2009

2008

Apparatjik

Jonas forms supergroup Apparatjik with Magne Furuholmen from A-ha, producer Martin Terefe, and Guy Berryman from Coldplay. Originally conceived to write a song for the charity album Songs For Survival (released in support of Survival International, the human rights organisation for tribal peoples) it was later used in the credits for the BBC series, Amazon. They go on to release two studio albums and play creative live shows which involve outlandish costumes and bizarre stage setups.

January 1, 2008

2007

'Half The World is Watching Me' Re-release

Half The World Is Watching Me is re-released including a bonus disc which features live versions, demos and the previously unreleased title track, Half The World Is Watching Me.

September 4, 2007

2007

'No More Stories...' Video Diaries

They upload the first video diary centered around the making of No More Stories... and the following tour. There end up being nine, often bizarre and amusing, episodes.

February 8, 2007

And the Glass Handed Kites

2006

Making of 'Kites'

A short documentary filmed during the recording of And The Glass Handed Kites is included as a DVD extra. It includes footage of the recording sessions themselves, rehearsals, and the band just messing around.

December 4, 2006

2006

'Live In Copenhagen'

The band release a concert DVD Live In Copenhagen, a recording of a show at KB Hallen, Copenhagen. It was shot with a record-setting eighteen different cameras on the 25th of March earlier that year.

Photo Credit: Mew

December 4, 2006

2006

The Storm

Johan forms The Storm with his then partner, singer Pernille Rosendahl. They're signed to Universal Music Denmark and go on to release three studio albums.

Photo Credit: Ekstrabladet

December 1, 2006

2006

'A Triumph For Man' Re-release

A Triumph For Man is re-released with a bonus disc, which features acoustic versions and demos, including one for a previously unreleased song called Chinese Gun.

September 18, 2006

2006

MewX Fansite Launch

The birth of our website. The original web design no longer exists.

Photo Credit: MewX

June 15, 2006

2006

Bastian Juel

Bastian Juel-Christiansen, previous member of Danish band Swan Lee, plays his first show as Mew's live bassist in Cologne, following Johan's departure. He becomes a touring member of Mew until 2014.

Photo Credit: Nick Watts

May 1, 2006

2006

'The Zookeeper's Boy'

The fourth single from And The Glass Handed Kites is released. It emerged from what was originally the end section of Special, with producer Michael Beinhorn seeing potential for a fully fledged song. Its video was directed by Sam Brown, who also directed the video for Comforting Sounds.

April 17, 2006

2006

Johan Leaves the Band

Johan Wohlert leaves Mew to focus on being a dad following his last show with Mew in Cologne, Germany on the 6th of April.

Photo Credit: Nick Watts

April 6, 2006

2006

DMA '06

At the Danish Music Awards 2006 they are one of the biggest winners, taking home 4 awards for And The Glass Handed Kites: Band of the Year, Danish Album of the Year, Danish Rock Album of the Year, and Jonas is named Male Vocalist of the Year.

March 11, 2006

2006

'Why Are You Looking Grave?'

The third single from And The Glass Handed Kites is released, featuring J. Mascis, singer and guitarist of one of the band's favourite artists, Dinosaur Jr., on guest vocals. Its video was directed by Jaron Albertin.

February 6, 2006

2005

'And The Glass Handed Kites'

And The Glass Handed Kites, produced by Michael Beinhorn, is released by Sony BMG (Sony). While attracting many fans who prize the album over all other Mew releases, the album's cover art was occasionally cited as among the worst in its year of release.

Photo Credit: Mew

September 19, 2005

2005

'Special'

The second single from And The Glass Handed Kites is released. Its video was directed by Martin De Thurah, who would go on to direct several more of the band's videos.

September 12, 2005

2005

'Apocalypso'

Apocalypso was the first single from the band's second international album, And The Glass Handed Kites. Jonas Bjerre made a short video for it, starring Silas The Magic Car, which was shot entirely in one day.

July 11, 2005

2005

Supporting R.E.M.

The band support R.E.M. on five dates in Scandinavia. R.E.M. singer Michael Stipe had previously spotted the band playing in a small venue in New York, and personally asked them to be his band's support.

June 21, 2005

Frengers

2003

First Show in Indonesia

The band play in Indonesia for the first time at Hard Rock Hotel in Bali. Home to one of Mew's most ardent fanbases, Indonesia has spawned its own fan club, Indonesian Frengers.

Here's Apocalypso from their set at Java Rockin'land:

August 5, 2003

2003

'Frengers'

Frengers is released by Epic. It is a mixture of new songs and re-recordings from the band's previous two (initially Denmark-only) albums. As a privilege afforded to them according to the terms of their recording contract, the band can choose their own producer. They choose Rich Costey, who would go on to produce for Muse among others.

Photo Credit: Mew

March 24, 2003

2003

'156'

The fourth single from Frengers is released. Although frequently asked to shed light on it, the band have kept the meaning behind the title's enigmatic number a secret. The music video features artwork by Ron Regé, Jr.

January 1, 2003

2003

'Comforting Sounds'

The third single from Frengers is released. It becomes their typical live set closer, and perhaps their most identifiable song. The music video was directed by Sam Brown, based on an idea by the band.

January 1, 2003

2003

'She Came Home for Christmas'

The second single from Mew's first international album is released. One CD edition of the single includes That Time on the Ledge as a double A-side.

January 1, 2003

2002

Nordic Tour With Kent

They play their first shows in Norway and Finland, as well as shows in Denmark, with Swedish band Kent.

May 8, 2002

2002

'Am I Wry? No'

The first single from Frengers is released. It is a re-recording of the opening track of previous album Half The World Is Watching Me.

January 1, 2002

Half the World is Watching Me

2001

Getting Signed Internationally

The band are signed by Sony subsidiary Epic Music UK, and relocate to London to work on their first international release.

January 1, 2001

2001

Nick Watts

Nick Watts joins the band as their touring keyboardist, backing vocalist and sometime guitarist. A fixture at Mew live shows ever since, Dr. Watts had previously found success with his own band, Headswim. He is not a real doctor.

Photo Credit: Nick Watts

January 1, 2001

2000

'Half The World is Watching Me'

Half The World Is Watching Me is released on Mew's own record label Evil Office. It was co-produced by Flemming Rasmussen, who had previously co-produced albums for Metallica.

Photo Credit: Mew

June 3, 2000

2000

First US Show

The band play their first show in the US (and their first show outside of Denmark), at Brownies in New York. Their music was not on general release in the United States until 2006, however.

March 10, 2000

2000

'Mica'

The third single from Half The World Is Watching Me is released. Its amusing video was directed by the band themselves. Like King Christian, Mica was re-recorded but didn't feature on the standard edition of Frengers.

January 1, 2000

2000

'Her Voice Is Beyond Her Years'

The second single from Half The World Is Watching Me is released. It features Stina Nordenstam on guest vocals. It is re-recorded and included on Frengers.

Photo Credit: Mew

January 1, 2000

2000

'King Christian'

The first single from Half The World Is Watching Me is released. A Triumph For Man producer, Damon Tutunjian, features as the voice of the titular king (Christian IV of Denmark). It didn't receive video treatment. A re-recording of it featured on the Japanese edition of Frengers (along with its backdrop animation, which appeared on the bonus disc of the special edition Japanese release.)

January 1, 2000

A Triumph For Man

1998

Roskilde Festival '98

"An enchanting Danish quartet" play at Roskilde Festival for the first time. They've played the festival six times since, including twice on Roskilde's biggest stage, The Orange Stage.

June 25, 1998

1997

'A Triumph For Man'

Mew's debut album A Triumph For Man is released by the Danish record label Exlibris Musik. It was produced by Swirlies frontman Damon Tutunjian, whom the band sent their demo tape. Damon Tutunjian has been involved in some way on every Mew album, except +-.

Photo Credit: Mew

April 2, 1997

1997

First Website

The first website for the band is launched. Their website has hosted several interesting things across its various iterations, including the Frengers computer game, and the old mewsite forums.

Photo Credit: Mew

March 1, 1997

1997

'She Came Home For Christmas'

The second single from A Triumph For Man, She Came Home For Christmas is later re-recorded and is the only song from Mew's debut album to be included on the standard edition of Frengers.

Photo Credit: Mew

January 1, 1997

1997

'I Should Have Been a Tsin-Tsi (For You)'

The first single from A Triumph For Man is released. It becomes a small hit on Danish radio, featuring on the Danish station P3's alternative top 10, "Det Elektriske Barometer". Its video was directed by Nicolas Winding Refn who has gone on to make films in Hollywood, such as 2011's Drive.

January 1, 1997

The Early Days

1995

'6 Songs' Demo Tape

Between 1994-1995, they record a demo tape. Some of the tracks are demos for songs which would end up on A Triumph For Man, and two of the songs feature a drummer called "Thomas" (and not Silas).

January 1, 1995

1995

First Ever Show

Mew play their first ever show, in support of a band called Autobaby, at a largely heavy metal venue called Backfisch in Copenhagen.

Photo Credit: Mew

January 1, 1995

1993

High School

Bo and Jonas start high school at Aurehøj Gymnasium. Johan went to a different high school in inner Copenhagen.

Photo Credit: Aurehøj Gymnasium

August 1, 1993

1992

Chien Orange

While Bo attended high school in the US for a year, others, some of whom would become members of Mew, and some of whom would not, are involved in a band called Chien Orange (French for "Orange Dog"). One member of Chien Orange is Tobias Wilner, who would go on to found the band Blue Foundation.

Photo Credit: Jonas Bjerre

January 1, 1992

1991

School Film Project

Bo and Jonas collaborate on a short film made for a school project and become friends. The following year, they both start work on another film which also starred Johan. The band have often incorporated some visual element in their work, with surreal and enchanting backdrops often accompanying their live shows. Jonas worked in video post-production prior to the band being signed.

November 1, 1991

1982

School

Bo, Johan and Jonas start school at Bernadotteskolen in the northern Copenhagen suburb of Hellerup. Bo and Jonas become friends while working on a film project together.

Photo Credit: Berlinske

August 1, 1982

1979

Silas Born

Mew's drummer, and youngest member, Silas Utke Graae Jørgensen was born on March 21, 1979. Sometimes referred to as "Silas The Magic Car", apparently due to his fondness of driving.

March 21, 1979

1976

Jonas Born

Mew's lead singer, sometime guitarist and keyboardist, and live animation designer, Jonas Bjerre Terkelsbøl was born on September 21, 1976.

September 21, 1976

1976

Johan Born

Mew's bassist, Johan Haslund Wohlert was born on March 10, 1976. He left the band in 2006 but made a return in 2013.

March 10, 1976

1976

Bo Born

Mew's guitarist, and oldest member, Bo Rune Madsen was born on March 5, 1976. He left the band in 2015.

March 5, 1976