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Interview:
Two-year break refreshed Miike Snow for third album
 

By GARY GRAFF
Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

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Three albums in, Miike Snow's Andrew Wyatt still finds himself getting used to the fact that fans actually know his band's music.

"I think every time you put out a new record you are just surprised when you show up and people are singing along with the new sons," Wyatt, a New York native who formed Miike Snow in 2007 with a pair of Swedish musician producers, says by phone. "To me, I always feel surprised that people bother to learn your songs -- but it's a nice surprise."

For Wyatt and bandmates Pontus Winnberg and Christian Karlsson, this has been going on for three albums including this year's "iii." That set came out in March and followed a two-year hiatus that followed the trio's tour for 2012's breakthrough "Happy To You." Wyatt made his own album, "Descender," during that time and also worked with Beck, Mark Ronson, Charli XCX and others, and he acknowledges there was a bit of relief when Miike Snow did decide to return to the studio.

"There's definitely moments where you are not sure if you've done your last work together," Wyatt notes. "I think you just have to take everything a day at a time and see how things feel and try to stay positive about everything. I think as long as you don't cross the line into negativity you know anything's possible, so then you just leave your doors open for whatever could happen.

"It's almost surprising (the band) did come back, but that's how stuff happens a lot of the time. That's when you find sometimes the best things happen, when they aren't planned."

Wyatt expects Miike Snow to spend much of the year on the road promoting "iii," but he says the group is already taking measures to make sure it's not away quite as long as it was this time.

"We're going to be working on some new songs, 'cause in this day and age I don't think you can wait," he explains. "Unless you're, like, a legendary band, you can't really wait four years to put out a record. You've got to keep putting new stuff out.

"I actually like the idea of going back to the 70s, where people would put out an album a year. We always have a lot of songs that we can drop, so I think we'll be putting out some new stuff pretty soon, actually."

Miike Snow and Muna

Thursday, June 2. Doors open at 8 p.m.

The Majestic Theatre, 4140 Woodward Ave., Detroit.

Tickets are $27.50.

Call 313-833-9700 or visit majesticdetroit.com.


Web Site: www.majesticdetroit.com

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