This afternoon the Wiwi Jury—our in-house panel of music unprofessionals—gathered to review MIAU’s #umk14 song “God/Drug”. Did it leave us feeling holy and high? Or were we left questioning our faith in music and overdosing on electro-punk? Read on the find out….

Angus: Dark, moody and eclectic electropop – I was scared watching this. They’re like an actually terrifying incarnation of the Hex Girls from the Scooby Doo movies. That said they do sound good, and they actually put me in mind of Serebro. If the girls can strike the right balance between aggression and intimidation they may well be a dark horse on the night.

Score: 7/10

Bogdan: To quote Wiwi, this is my jam, y’all! MIAU instantly made me think of Goldfrapp. Then halfway through the song, it made me think of Hole. Brilliant! Maybe the girls are as not as strong vocally as the aforementioned bands, granted, but with the right lighting, the right sound technicians and the right stylist (sorry, but the disco ball choker must go), this could be positively spectacular in Copenhagen. Girl power! Meow.

Score: 9/10

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Deban: A thumping baseline kicks off this sacrilegious dance number. The production is sick! However, the vocals are lacklustre, and on closer inspection, the band’s approach borders on gimmicky. This track harks back to the hey days of Casei de Ser Sexy. It’s sexy without being Feminnem, and not trashy enough to be Moje 3. Their unique flavour will ensure that they are not forgotten, but I doubt we’ll be seeing them in Copenhagen.

Score: 6/10

Katie: The band, the outfits and the flashing lights do LOOK pretty good, but they do not SOUND good in any way. The same constant riff is being played until all hell breaks loose in the chorus, and you get the feeling that the band are possessed. Also, if this song went to Copenhagen, what would Belarus and Russia have to say about the lyrics “You are God! You are God!”?

Score: 3/10

Padraig: Scandinavia is renowned for its electro pop divas – Robyn, Lykke Li, Oh Land, Margaret Berger. But up until now none of them have been from Finland. However, MIAU look set to rectify that statistic with God/Drug. The trio veer away from the more traditional electro pop route by including rock and punk elements. And while this allows the song to stand out from the competition, it also leaves it in a quasi no mans land between the various genres. So focused on the fusion of sounds it forgets to include any of the sonic innovations which were so prevalent in “I Feed You My Love” and “Euphoria”, and as a result the song feels lacking.

Score: 7/10

Sami: It’s weird, but I love it! I’m sure their live performance will look amazing, already the jury performance looked amazing. I think it could do surprisingly well on the ESC stage, but I don’t think enough Finns will vote for it. However, I love it very much (maybe more than everyone would except me to!) and I’m looking forward to their next performance.

Score: 8/10

Wiwi: You make me laugh. You make me bored. Then you repeat. Then you scream. You make me give you a 4.

Score 4/10

Wiwi Jury Verdict: 6.29/10

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Arianna
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Ughhh sorry, it’s crap, even moreso after today’s heat. It just seems to be there as an attention grabber.

Alex
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Alex

It’s nice to see something a little bit out of nowhere. And they almost pulled it off. It’s a little repetitive, yes, and “you must be drug” just sounds like Engrish to me. My main complaint is that the guitars should be louder in the end, and the beginning should be quieter, so that the end really hits as hard as it musically ought to. This performance benefits a lot from its visual presentation – it’s neat to see the three girls all take their turn and sing in a very similar style, all the while hitting the notes fairly… Read more »

D
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D

This song is bizarre, and not in a good way. Second least favourite.

Zolan
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Zolan

@Wiwi. Very good. You made me laugh too.

I want to like this more than I do, but they seem content to merely remind me of other cool genres without actually delivering the goods. It still manages to bring some novelty and fun to the mix, and one can always grok it ironically.
6/10