I bought tickets to Miike Snow months ago after the Swedish band sold out Bowery Ballroom and Music Hall of Williamsburg back in the Spring. Perhaps best known for their song “Animal,” Miike Snow was back for two sold out nights at Terminal 5. It wasn’t until a month ago I found out Dragonette would open for them. How lucky! Good music karma!
Miike Snow was formed in 2007 in Stockholm, Sweden, by childhood friends Christian Karlsson and Pontus Winnberg. In the mid-2000s while producing a Britney Spears record (random), they met American songwriter Andrew Wyatt to form Miike Snow. The name Miike Snow is said to have come from one of their friends called Mike Snow with the spelling of Miike coming from the Japanese film director Takashi Miike. I was wondering, so I thought I’d share in case you were too.
Dan Kurtz, Martina Sorbara and Joel Stouffer of Dragonette took the stage promptly at 9 p.m. for a truncated yet tasty set that opened with “I Get Around” off their debut album. They went on to perform some of their best tracks off the 2009 album, Fixin to Thrill, including “Gone Too Far,” “Liar,” “Pick Up The Phone,” “Easy,” the Go-Go’s-esque “Okay Dolores” and the feisty and fun title track. “Our Summer,” the most recent single off 2010’s Our Summer Volcano EP was also performed. It was the fifth time I’ve seen Dragonette in the last 12 months. And I’m still a big fan. They’re just so much fun, and so cute. Dan looked great as usual, wearing a really cool gray t-shirt from The Police’s Synchronicity era. Martina, who always seems a little nervous at first, got into her groove and conjured up haircut envy among the girls around me (and my friend Brian). And I got a quick hug from Joel after the set as he was running out the door for a cigarette. Love these guys. I can’t wait to see what they do next.
After Dragonette’s set, the stage was reconfigured with lots of shiny, chrome instruments — drums, guitars, keyboards — and chrome rabbit and antler accessories. Very cool. I’m not a rabid (or rabbit) Miike Snow fan, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. While I thought the lights, fog and strobes were amazing, the music doesn’t connect with me. It’s not bad, just not something I get excited about. But everyone there seemed to be so into them. Am I missing something? Two guys behind me were completely cracked out with eyes wide as the Hudson. Ah, I got it then. Still, “Animal” was fun to dance around to, as well as “A Horse is Not a Home.” Probably won’t see them again, but glad I took the chance. In the end, even my friends who are Miike Snow fans said it wasn’t great. Something was off. At least I left learning that these Swedes were the masterminds behind Britney Spears’ most tolerable song, “Toxic.” They even won the Grammy for Best Dance Recording. Speaking of Britney, how hot was Brittany in Glee last week? Brittany out-Britney’d Britney. But I digress…