Her final UK show for the foreseeable was definitely memorable
“Did you think it would be like this?” Mitski Miyawaki deadpans mid-set, bent-double over the large wooden desk centre-stage. Honestly, it’s a resounding no.
Currently wrapping up the final commitments of her Be The Cowboy tour before taking a well-earned break from playing live, the Japanese-American singer-songwriter is going out with a bang. Where previous UK tours have featured her singing solo with guitar, or playing straight-up rock shows, for End of the Road Mitski has a different agenda entirely. Leaving all musical duties to her four-piece backing band she plays the role of performance artist.
It all starts innocuously enough. Emerging silently stage right and singing ‘Goodbye, My Danish Sweetheart’, from 2012’s pre-fame LP Retired from Sad, New Career in Business, she’s static facing the centre of the stage, only her knee pads hinting at the choreography to come. She takes a seat at the table for ‘Why Didn’t You Stop Me’, her hypnotic hand gestures pitched somewhere between Thin White Duke-style mime and Vogueing. By the track’s climax she’s singing supine on the table, leisurely cycling her legs in the air.