I'm a huge fan of everything bizarre - the weirder and more nonsensical it is, the more i like it. When something's bizarre AND good at the same time, well, you've got me.
I came upon MewithoutYou after wafting through a labyrinth of weird Alternative music on iTunes. If you like Of Monsters and Men... you'll like Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros... if you like them, you'll like The Head and the Heart... and so on, and so on, until iTunes told me that because I was currently listening to a few songs from this absolutely awful screams-and-distortion band I'd probably enjoy listening to MewithoutYou.
Well, why not, I thought. I checked out their album. Winced a little at January 1878, but smiled at Elephant in the Dock and by the time I'd listened to all the songs, I bought the album.
I'm one of those people who would probably explode without at least one Arcade Fire song per day. I NEED a good song jumping around in my head, very often, or my brain goes haywire.
MewithoutYou's songs are everything I like, rolled into one crazy package: melodies as well as screaming, heavy guitar and drums as well as harps and accordions - and meanwhile, this guy's screaming things like "Well, I'm certain enough of this! In the last fourteen years there's only one girl I've kissed at the pier in the blistering heat at the top of the ferris wheel!" And then he goes on to explain about foxes jumping from log flumes and crashing up against the rocks, etc. - absolute nonsense, but the BEST kind of absolute nonsense.
It's too bad that MewithoutYou seems to be so under the radar. They've got one hit, "In A Sweater Poorly Knit," which wracked up about half a million views on Youtube - but otherwise, it's the one-hit-wonder-phenomenon. I've yet to hear a MewithoutYou song on the radio and if I mention it in conversation people look at me and say, "What's that, a boy band?" Maybe they're more popular than they seem - I don't know - but all I'm sure of is that even the weirdest Alternative rock kids I talk to have no idea who they are.
I hope that MewithoutYou gets the recognition they deserve. They should be right up there with Arcade Fire and The Black Keys and Of Monsters And Men, and so on. I understand the screaming parts of their songs can be hard to adapt to if you don't usually like screaming parts, but their kind of screaming is a lot cooler than the usual punk/heavy-metal mindless shrieking into the microphone that so many bands do.
Anyway, I hope to see these guys next time the higher powers put together an Indie rock concert. I'll even buy their t-shirt, no matter if the name might sound a little like a boy band.