LA has been waiting a little over five months to see Miike Snow again. Finally, we got two appearances in LA on Thursday and Friday, which brought out the hipsters, frat boys and people who just wanted to dance.
With a strong lineup, including the much-anticipated Mark Ronson & The Business Int’l, the party started with MNDR’s Amanda Warner, who really owned it on stage with vocals much stronger than the last time I saw her perform. Warner continued on with Ronson and a cast of his many friends and collaborators taking over on vocals. Alex Greenwald of Phantom Planet, Naeem Juwan a.k.a. Spank Rock, Rose Elinor Dougall and Marsha Ambrosius each took to the front of the stage with Ronson hanging near the back for most of the set on keyboards, letting the others shine.
It only takes word-of-mouth for certain buzzed bands and Miike Snow is no exception. Without mass marketing or much (if at all) radio airplay, it’s telling that so many people flock to their gigs.
Smoke filled the stage, but through the smoke, multiple sets of antlers appeared. Oh yes, it was about to begin. Gliding out on stage with their well-known masks, powerhouse duo Christian Karlsson and Pontus Winnberg took their positions at separate keyboards. They are impressive on their own–no laptops required. Frontman Andrew Wyatt on piano, guitar and vocals belted out tunes from their self-titled album, including crowd pleasers “Sylvia” and “Animal.”
The band killed it. It was a full-on dance party and a time to let loose. Miike Snow is a live show not be missed.