A quick peruse of the songs available on home grown York-based Miaow Miaow’s myspace shows a band with enough musical diversity in four songs to cover several bands’ entire discographies, and their bio does not exactly help clear things up: their genre is listed as “tropical”- they state their influences as Foals, Ratatat and Metronomy and they have done a cover (and quite a good one I should add) of Daniel Bedingfield’s “Gotta get Thru this”.
A few more listens in, and what sticks are the math-rock riffs of Antidotes-era Foals, a love of French language and not taking their music too seriously. And no harm the latter does, with every song bringing both witty charm and bucket loads of energy to the table. Half way through “Reverse the Charges, Breathe Harder” I believe I may have accidently put on some middle-class grime, with an appropriately dirty bassline amid some fairly hilarious lyrics, whilst “LADVENTURIN’” feels somewhere between an Of Montreal pop meltdown and The Klaxons’ apocalyptic urgency.
Luckily Miaow Miaow’s chief noise maker, Pete Wise, simplifies things for me: “We’re four young men from York seeking to enliven a rather sleepy and melancholy UK music scene with our unique strain of mathy electro-indie. Our interests include toy synthesisers, writing filthy lyrics and generally making merry.” Intrigued? Confused? Either way, Miaow Miaow are releasing a new single at the Dutchess on the 28th of December, and I’m sure they would love your company.
Listen to Miaow Miaow’s tropical offerings here.