7.26.13 // 9PM // 21+ w/ Valid ID
Sneaky Sound System
Miike Snow (DJ set)
with Chris Clouse
Powerhouse singer Miss Connie Mitchell and producer extraordinaire Black Angus McDonald started making beautiful music together in 2004. As their reputation grew, thanks to the still-weekly Sneaky Sundays club night in Sydney, Sneaky Sound System released their self-titled debut album in 2006. Spearheaded by a spectacular salvo of hits – think UFO, Pictures and I Love It – the album charted top 5, was certified 3 x Platinum, and at one point featured four singles in the Top 40. Rounding off the year, Sneaky Sound System won ARIA awards (Australia’s version of the Grammys) for Best Dance Release and Best Breakthrough Artist.
Striking while the iron was all but on fire, second longplayer ’2′ arrived in 2008, debuted at #1 on the ARIA album chart, and featured dancefloor slayers in the form of Kansas City, When We Were Young and the #1 UK club smash It’s Not My Problem. In 2009 I Will Be Here, a collaboration with Dutch superstar DJ Tiesto, took Sneaky Sound System to the top of the US dance airplay charts.
Album #3, From Here To Anywhere, landed in 2011 to critical acclaim – Australia’s biggest newspaper, The Herald Sun, named it their #2 album of the year, saying “(it’s) proof electronic music can have heart, soul and brains”. The hits We Love, Friends, Really Want To See You Again and the smash, Big, followed.
And in-between all this, proving she has a voice like no other, Miss Connie was invited to feature on the Kanye West/Jay-Z global #1 album ‘Watch The Throne’, Kanye’s ‘Graduation’ album, and albums by Rick Ross and Snoop Dogg.
Sneaky Sound System’s new single “Sunlight” featuring Nicky Night Time was released in May 2013.
Miike Snow is – are – in a playful mood. The second, somewhat orchatronic, album by the three-headed-band with the one-man-name and mysterious Jackalope symbol is called Happy To You. Why?
“It’s a sign in the studio,” shrugs tattooed Swedish producer Christian Karlsson. “An old mis-spelt phrase postcard from Thailand. Nothing to do with any of the songs…but it sort of stuck.”
The band that should never have worked have turned a new corner, and turned myriad new tricks. Miike Snow’s second album is a triumph of tunes, set to burn up airwaves and dancefloors and festival-fields through 20 12 and beyond.
“Before this album, we were an idea,” reflects Pontus Winnberg. “This time we were a band. And this time, we had paid our dues – we’d toured in 27 countries for 18 months. When we came in to make Happy To You, we came in as a unit, and emotionally for us that makes a huge difference. And hopefully you can hear it.”
“Miike Snow is kinda like this playground,” says long-haired American singer-songwriter Andrew Wyatt. “I don’t think Miike Snow functions inside of a genre. A few people wanted us to be more properly in the dance world, but I don’t think this record is. Even our ‘dance’ songs aren’t really clubby…”
So how do they define the follow-up to 2009’s 200,000-selling self-titled debut?
“Fun-da-mental,” suggests Wyatt with an arched eyebrow. “ ‘Cause it’s da mental.” (Not pictured: hip hop hand gesture.)
Breaking from a secret session designing the new live show, band member, producer and keys player Pontus Winnberg commented… “It’s like much of our stuff – we don’t really wanna tell people what the titles are about, or the lyrics, or what our thoughts are about. We’d prefer them to put them in their head and their lives and make their own interpretation. It’s nice to keep a little bit of mystery.”