Saturday 7 March 2015
Post-rock giants Mogwai need little introduction. For two decades, the Scottish quintet have been at the frontline of post-rock worldwide, developing a cult following through a prolific recorded output of eight LPs and a commitment to touring that few of their peers can match. Robin Fernando and 95Bfm are ecstatic to bring Mogwai to New Zealand shores.
A inimitable act in the noise/post-rock world, Mogwai have inspired countless fans and followers, with their deft texturing and dynamic ability -- shifting seamlessly between delicate, tranquil melody, bleak, austere soundscapes, mind-bending white noise and hard-hitting riffs.
The band’s latest output Rave Tapes was released in January 2014 (almost twenty years since their debut single) to critical acclaim around the globe. The ten-track album is a lustrous collection mined from the same quarry as its predecessors, wreathed in painterly textures underpinned by increasingly electronic beats. The Sun described it as “Something close to perfection”, while Q magazine said the band are “leaner and more quietly aggressive than ever - a streamlined, seething version of themselves”. Created in summer 2013 in the band’s Castle Of Doom studio in Glasgow, the record marks the latest phase in the group’s increasingly substantial canon. With Rave Tapes, Mogwai’s mastery of sound and space is firmly at its apex.
A band that delivers consistently and without ego, Mogwai transcend both trends and rockstar tantrums in favour of excellence. In 2013, the band stretched their already gargantuan talents to mastermind the soundtrack to the popular supernatural drama series Les Revenants (The Return), showcased to an approximate 1.8 million viewers each week.
A fearsome live act, Mogwai are a force beyond nature to behold on stage, creating a sonic experience that makes rock music’s majority seem like child’s play. A rigorous tour and myriad festival appearances sees the band again in their element. Fans will be enamoured and new listeners won over by these melodic heavyweights. Fasten your seatbelts -- and bring earplugs.