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Danish Rockers Happy With Home Base

Of the Oakland Press

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The Danish rock band Mew has spent much of this decade living in London, “just to be where it was happening,” according to guitarist Bo Madsen. “We wanted to be there and go and try the full adventure.”

Now, however, the quartet — whose core members met in junior high school — has returned to Denmark, where it operates its own label and is enjoying the familiar surroundings.

“Yeah, it’s good,” Madsen, 31, says. “We’re still getting settled, trying to find a studio space and stuff like that. So we’re still trying to get some roots again.

“But it does feel very nice and, I think, just important to be around the people that you love.”

Mew’s agenda also includes getting to work on the group’s next album, its first since 2005’s “And the Glass Handed Kites.” Thanks to skewed international release schedules, its 2003 set “Frengers” only recently came out on these shores, but the band still has an appetite to get going on something that’s new for its members.

“The stuff we’re doing now is different from the rest of the records we’ve done,” notes Madsen, who expects to start recording in September. “It’s more funky, in a way, and it’s more melodic.

“The last record, we kind of felt like making a pop record. This time I think there’s defi nitely going to be as shift in our music — but I think you have to do that on every record, anyway, just to stay fresh.”

Mew and Oh No! Oh My! perform at 8 p.m. Tuesday (March 27th) at St. Andrews Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit. Tickets are $15. Call (248) 931-6358 or visit www.livenation.com.

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