The trio behind Miike Snow just released their third album appropriately entitled iii.
What we can say? The band likes the letter i.
After taking a four-year break to release solo projects and other collaborations, the Swedish indie pop group is back at it with a different sound that blends hip-hop and their signature style — with no indication of time off. Band members Christian Karlsson, Pontus Winnberg and front man Andrew Wyatt released their latest project in March gaining traction with their single Genghis Khan and Heart Is Full.
The NYC-based guys will be making their rounds in the Magic City as part of their tour at the Faena Theater on Wednesday, and Wyatt dished on some of the inspiration for the album and what it means to come back as a band.
How do you feel Miami audiences receive your music?
AW: We have a great response from the crowds out there. During Ultra we played very chill music compared to the other stuff. I think people were there to chill out and maybe smoke some weed or something [laughs], but I’m fine being that band. As long as people are getting into it, that’s what we are there for, to make people happy.
How is this album different from the last two albums?
AW: We have a little bit more of a hip-hop influence with this one — maybe people can hear that. We had a great time making this album. When you get together to make your third record you already have people’s ears so you want to try to do something a little bit different than your old stuff or else people will get bored.
Was it hard to come back to your signature sound after taking a long break?
AW: A little, but none of us stopped making music so we were ready. It left us ready to play. But when you get back on the road and start playing live that’s always a bit of a challenge because it’s a totally new group of songs and a very different process. We know how to groove together, but it definitely took a minute to get back in the swing of it so it’s in your muscle memory.
Have the dynamics changed between all of you as the years have passed?
AW: We’ve had, like any relationship, our ups and downs. But when you still make music together after such a long time you realize there is a deeper connection there that you’re building on. It wasn’t just something to do to make a quick buck or whatever. There’s something more spiritual that connects us and it’s a nice thing to explore.
Info on Wednesday’s 11 p.m. show: Faena Theater, 3201 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. Ticketmaster.