‘Satellites’ of Love: Danish alt-rock band Mew are back and ready to party like it’s 2005


It’s been nearly a decade since Mew first broke onto the indie buzz scene with debut album And The Glass Handed Kites, an effort aided by a trippy assortment of cascading sounds and the swirling single “The Zookeeper’s Boy,” which had annoying people ask “Are you, my lady, are you?” over and over until their battery of their first-gen iPod died.

Since then, all we’ve had from the Denmark alt-rock band was 2009’s uneven follow-up, No More Stories…. But Mew are back in action this year with their third record, the oddly titled +/- (pronounced “plus minus”, hockey fans!) due out April 28 via Play It Again Sam.

Leading the new album is the atmospheric dream-rock single “Satellites,” which reminds us of the days when we first fell in love with the band, making tracks like “The Zookeeper’s Boy” our featured song on our MySpace pages.


“For this, our first video for the new album + –, we wanted the whole thing to have a kind of celebratory feel to it,” the band says in a statement to the Fader, which premiered “Satellites” this afternoon. “With our original bass player back in our gang, it shows the band doing what we do, playing together. It was shot in Copenhagen, in one of the oldest film studios in the world by Danish Director, Casper Balslev, who captured our performance and did a beautiful job with an amazing team. The video features a new light installation from German designers, Elektropastete, which we’ll be taking on tour with us in 2015.”

They add: “‘Satellites’ is a song we made, about how big life is, I guess, and how you get to choose how to live it. Even if people don’t approve, it belongs to you. We wanted to make the video a celebratory video, because it’s our first new song in moons, and our long lost comrade is back in the gang. It’s a colorful and grand thing, filmed in one day, and it’s just the 4 of us playing our song that we made, about how big life is.”

Watch the video below, and check out the band’s 2015 tour commitments, which includes a stop at SXSW in Austin in March, after the jump.

Mew 2015 Tour Dates

13-17 SWSX, Austin, TX USA
28 T-Fest, Taipei, Taiwan
30 Scape Theatre, Singapore

15 Botanique, Brussels, Belgium
17 ABC, Glasgow, Scotland
19 HMV Ritz, Manchester, England
20 Roundhouse, London, England
22 Fleche D’Or, Paris, France
23 Melkweg, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
25 Lido, Berlin, Germany

JUNE 27 – July 5
Roskilde Festival, Roskilde, Denmark

15 Skral Festival, Grimstad, Norway
17 Malakoff Festival, Nordfjordeid, Norway