You may know Mogwai, Slowdive, or Editors, but how they ended up recording an album together is another story, a long one…Enter Justin…Read More
The cosmic post-rock band Mogwai were formed in Glasgow, Scotland, in 1996 by guitarist/vocalist Stuart Braithwaite, guitarist Dominic Aitchison, and drummer Martin Bulloch, longtime friends with the goal of creating “serious guitar music.” Toward that end they added another guitarist, John Cummings, before debuting in March 1996 with the single “Tuner,” a rarity in the Mogwai discography for its prominent vocals; the follow-up, a split single with Dweeb titled “Angels vs. Aliens,” landed in the Top Ten on the British indie charts. Following appearances on a series of compilations, Mogwai returned later in the year with the 7″ “Summer”; after another early-1997 single, “New Paths to Helicon,” they issued Ten Rapid, a collection of their earliest material.
Around the time that Mogwai recorded the superb 1997 EP 4 Satin, former Teenage Fanclub and Telstar Ponies member Brendan O’Hare joined the lineup in time for the recording of Mogwai’s debut studio LP, Mogwai Young Team, exiting a short time later to return to his primary projects, Macrocosmica and Fiend. Again a quartet, Mogwai next issued 1998’s Kicking a Dead Pig, a two-disc remix collection; the No Education = No Future (Fuck the Curfew) EP appeared a few months later. In 1999, they released Come On Die Young. Rock Action arrived in early 2001. Late that year, Mogwai released the My Father, My King EP; two years later, they issued the ironically titled Happy Songs for Happy People. Government Commissions: BBC Sessions 1996-2004 arrived early in 2005.
Mr. Beast, which was released in 2006, found the band going in a softer, more reflective direction. Late that year, the band’s collaboration with Clint Mansell on the soundtrack to The Fountain arrived; Mogwai also crafted the score for Douglas Gordon’s Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait, which was released in the U.K. in 2006 and in the U.S. the following spring. The Batcat EP, which featured a collaboration with garage-psych legend Roky Erickson, arrived in late summer 2008, heralding the release of The Hawk Is Howling — which reunited the band with producer Andy Miller for the first time in a decade — that fall. In 2010, Mogwai released their first live album, Special Moves, as a package with the Vincent Moon-directed concert film Burning. For 2011’s Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will, the band reunited with Young Team producer Paul Savage for a more streamlined set of songs. Later that year, Mogwai followed up with an EP of unreleased material from the Hardcore sessions, Earth Division, released on Sub Pop.
Minor Victories, is the new UK supergroup comprised of Mogwai’s Stuart Braithwaite, Slowdive’s Rachel Goswell, and Editors’ Justin Lockey and his brother James. Today,…Read More
Max Richter’s pioneering work SLEEP is to be made available physically in its 8 hour entirety for the first time on December 11th. The…Read More
After a celebrating their fourth birthday late last year, Plisskën return once again with another eclectic line-up. The festival officially gets underway with the…Read More
Mogwai will issue Music Industry 3 Fitness Industry 1 EP on CD and vinyl in North America on Jan. 27 via their own Rock…Read More
The first festival shows for newly reformed British band Slowdive, New Yorkers Television with their master piece “Marquee Moon”, Spoon’s effervescent pop, who have a new record, the third reincarnation of Slint claiming their crucial role in the appearance of slowcore,Read More
It would seem dipping their artist toes into the world of soundtracking and cinema has bled through into Mogwai’s day job. The Scottish five piece have lent their post-rock wares to accompany the visuals to Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait, the motion picture that captures French footballing genius, Zinedine Zidane in full,Read More
You can now watch Mogwai’s “The Lord is Out Of Control,” the first video from Rave Tapes. The clip, helmed by Antony Crook (Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will LP photography; “San Pedro” video),Read More
Mogwai, who recently announced the release of their eighth studio album, Rave Tapes, on Jan. 21 via Sub Pop, have confirmed an extensive spring tour of North America. The Scottish quintet gave fans an early listen to music from Rave Tapes last week, streaming the single “Remurdered” via Sub Pop’s Soundcloud. You can still listen above.Read More
Mogwai will release Rave Tapes, their 8th studio album in 19 years, on CD/LP/DL January 20th in Europe via Rock Action and January 21st…Read More
Sub Pop will release Mogwai’s soundtrack for Les Revenants, the French supernatural thriller and most popular TV series in Canal + history, on February 26 in North America on LP, CD, and digitallyRead More