Miike Snow are back with a big, bold, bright, colourful album bristling with tunes and beats and ideas and more tunes – yes, that is an orchestra, and yes, that is a marching band – and it’s not so long since they were last here. They started the band as an ad hoc side-project between other jobs - they ended up with an album that was synced over 200 times in Hollywood and beyond.
The out-of-the-box success of the ubiquitous ‘Animal,’ ‘Black & Blue’ and ‘Silvia’ – still playing on a radio or computer game or film soundtrack near you now – took them by surprise. They toured the world for 18 eye-watering months in support of the album – finally coming off the road last spring, and went straight into the studio.
Fired by the spirit of inventiveness, the songs came thick and fast. The punchy, dramatic ‘Devil’s Work’ was aired by Zane Lowe on Radio 1 in early December, and instantly shot to Number One on the Hype Machine chart. The band that should never have worked have turned a new corner, and turned a myriad of 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.