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Video of the Moment #2421: Mogwai

By on Friday, 11th August 2017 at 6:00 pm

Scottish post-rockers Mogwai will be releasing a new album at the start of next month. ‘Every Country’s Sun’ will be out on Rock Action/Temporary Residence on the 1st of September. In anticipation of the release, they’ve unveiled a new track from the upcoming album. ‘Party in the Dark’ also has its own music video. I sense that the visuals in this promo are intended to show where life came from, but it also has some stomach turning moments too, if you are squeamish. You have been warned. To catch up on our past coverage of Mogwai here on TGTF, go here.



Video of the Moment #2030: Mogwai

By on Wednesday, 2nd March 2016 at 6:00 pm

Scottish post-rock greats Mogwai have announced that they’ll be releasing a new album – their ninth overall – at the start of April. ‘Atomic’ is its name, and they’ve now revealed the first taster from the new LP. At nearly 5 and a half minutes, ‘Ether’ is a return to form for Stuart Braithwaite and co., the song starting serenely enough as it inches towards an uplifting climax. The video that goes with the song is full of random clips of Mother Nature, then turning its focus on humanity. Watch the video for ‘Ether’ below.

‘Atomic’ will drop on the 1st of April on Rock Action Records (UK) and Temporary Residence (America).



Preview: 6 Music Festival 2015

By on Wednesday, 28th January 2015 at 9:00 am

The 6 Music Festival is back! And it’s coming to my town. For two evenings in February, the coolest place for a music lover to be is Gateshead: the Sage Gateshead on the iconic Newcastle/Gateshead quayside, to be precise. Newcastle gets to kick off the event on the Friday night, hosting an opening party at the O2 Academy, the lineup for which is impressive indeed: Interpol, Mogwai, Sleater-Kinney’s first UK performance for 10 years, and the winner of 6 Music’s album of the year, The War on Drugs. Tickets for this will set you back a mere £25, and considering the bill is essentially four headline-worthy performances, that’s impeccable value. The venue capacity is 2,000, and there’s only 1,800 tickets on offer, so all those lucky enough to procure a ticket will get a decent view.

The whole shebang then moves (just) south of the river to the hip and happening borough of Gateshead, which, as everyone in the know has known for a while now, is a far superior place to live and party than its more famous little brother Newcastle. It’s all happening at the iconic Sage, into which the powers that be are managing to cram four performance spaces into its voluptuous, snail-like curves. I’ll give an alphabetised list at the end of this article, but this writer’s picks of the Saturday night are: Kate Tempest and Eliza Carthy, who will bring two stylistically dissimilar but familiarly connected strands of English folk music together in a unique, and uniquely powerful performance; Gruff Rhys, whose latest project American Interior, documenting Welsh explorer John Evans’ epic journey across the eponymous landscape, will surely feature highly; and The Cribs, whose stamina and endurance are second to none, and are still turning out music worthy of a catalogue which extends back more than a decade.

Readers’ attention must be alerted to the capacity of the Sage, compared with the number of tickets sold, so they are prepared what they might get for their money. The Sage is essentially a shell within which two separate auditoria exist: the stunning all-seated Hall One (capacity 1,640), and the much smaller, less formal, standing Hall Two (capacity 400). There’s also a small room called the Northern Rock Foundation Hall, capacity 250. Eagle-eyed readers will have noticed that this is a total capacity of 2290, but ticket sales are set at 3,400 – the capacity of the entire building, not just the auditoria. Apparently the concourse will absorb the overspill, which means over 1,000 people milling about outside trying to get to see the show of their choice, although there will be 6 Music DJs on the concourse as well. Just to reiterate, if every ticket holder wishes to see the big headline performance in the main room, less than half will be able to do so. I am prepared to stand corrected on my numbers, but if I’m right I can see trouble, and overcrowding, ahead. The Sage are notoriously uptight about rules – this isn’t your usual free-and-easy gig venue – so expect short shrift from the stewards if the room is at capacity. Also expect white-collar drinks prices, and with a no readmittance policy, it could turn out to be an expensive evening, with no guarantee of seeing the show of one’s choice, albeit with all the falafel wraps one can eat. Caveat emptor.

As long as post-festival drinks didn’t go on too late at the superb Central Bar across the road from the Sage, Sunday dawns with yet another superb lineup of acts, with a flavour not unlike a Glastonbury Sunday: more left-field choices, perhaps established acts that need a bit of a boost. In that vein, picks from Sunday include the vintage post-punk outfit Wire and the vintage post-soul diva Neneh Cherry. Gaz Coombes will bring the newest of his superb solo work, and Public Service Broadcasting will reveal the direction they’ve chosen for album number two.

In summary, this is an impeccable list of acts for what promises to be an exciting weekend on Tyneside. I haven’t even touched on the 6 Music By Day strand, which is to run in Newcastle’s creative hub, the Ouseburn valley, and include interviews by 6 Music presenters with the musicians who are playing later, performances from bands local to the North East, and a record fair. Our cup runneth over! Given the fact that it’s all only 10 minutes on the bus from my front door, I personally couldn’t be happier. Anyone for an after party?

Bands performing at The 02 Academy Newcastle on Friday 20 February from 5 PM:
– Interpol
– Mogwai, celebrating their 20th anniversary this year
– Sleater-Kinney, their first UK performance in almost 10 years
– The War On Drugs, BRIT 2015 nominees whose 2014 album ‘Lost in the Dream’ was 6 Music’s Album of the Year in 2014

Artists and bands performing at The Sage Gateshead across four stages on Saturday 21 February from 6 PM:
– Hot Chip, performing exclusive brand new material for the first time
– Royal Blood, Mercury Prize 2014 and BRIT 2015 nominees
– The Fall
– Jungle, Mercury Prize 2014 nominees
– Maximo Park, local North East heroes
– Kate Tempest, Mercury Prize 2014 nominee
– Gruff Rhys
– Simian Mobile Disco
– Django Django, performing exclusive new material
– Father John Misty
– Ghostpoet, performing brand new material
– The Cribs, performing brand new material
– Villagers, performing exclusive brand new material for the first time
– Ibibio Sound Machine
– Kate Tempest and Eliza Carthy: performing together in an exclusive 6 Music collaboration
– A Northern Soul Night (from 5-10.30 PM), hosted by 6 Music’s Funk and Soul show presenter Craig Charles, with Richard Searling and Stuart Maconie plus further DJs to be announced soon.

Artists and bands performing at The Sage Gateshead across four stages on Sunday 22 February from 6 PM:
– The Charlatans: performing exclusive brand new material
– Jamie T
– Neneh Cherry
– Jon Hopkins
– British Sea Power
– Gaz Coombes
– Young Fathers, Mercury 2014 winners
– Wire
– The Maccabees, performing exclusive new material
– Glass Animals
– Lonelady, performing brand new material
– King Creosote
– Public Service Broadcasting, performing brand new material
– Unknown Mortal Orchestra, performing brand new material
– Additional DJ sets (from 5-10.30 PM), hosted by 6 Music presenter Nemone, with Richy Ahmed, Daniel Avery, 6 Mix residents Rob da Bank and DJ Yoda, and others to be announced soon.

Tickets for each night of the festival will go on sale at 10 AM across 3 consecutive days: tickets for Friday go on sale on Friday 30 January, priced £25 plus fees; tickets for Saturday 21 February go on sale on Saturday 31 January, priced £35 plus fees; and tickets for Sunday 22 February go on sale on Sunday 1 February, priced £35 plus fees. For more information on the event in Newcastle, visit the BBC 6music Web site. Information on the festival by day will be announced on BBC 6music on Tuesday 3 February.


Video of the Moment #1694: Mogwai

By on Monday, 1st December 2014 at 6:00 pm

The latest promo from Scottish post-rock wizards Mogwai is for a track called ‘Teenage Exorcist’. The song appears on the band’s latest EP ‘Music Industry 3. Fitness Industry 1.’ out today on Rock Action Records. Directed by Craig Murray, the video is a futuristic head trip. Watch it below.



MP3 of the Day #691: Mogwai

By on Wednesday, 10th October 2012 at 10:00 am

Mogwai will be releasing a remix album, ‘A Wrenched Virile Lore’, made up of new versions of songs from their 2011 outing ‘Hardcore Will Never Die But You Will’. The remix album will be released on the 19th of November on Rock Action Records and will be available in limited edition, colored vinyl (with 2500 of these available), CD and digital formats.

To talk up the new release, the band is offering up this remix version called of ‘George Square Thatcher Death Party’ (Justin K Broadrick Reshape) for free. Listen to it streaming below, and if you like it, you can get it for free in the widget that follows.


Mogwai / February 2011 UK Tour

By on Friday, 30th July 2010 at 11:00 am

Mogwai have announced a string of 2011 UK tour dates.

Tickets are £20 in advance for everywhere except London which are £22.50. Tickets go on sale at 9am on Saturday, 31st July 2010.

Thursday 17th February 2011 – Bournemouth, O2 Academy
Friday 18th February 2011 – Cardiff, University
Saturday 19th February 2011 – Bristol, O2 Academy
Sunday 20th February 2011 – Leeds, O2 Academy
Monday 21st February 2011 – Edinburgh, Picture House
Wednesday 23rd February 2011 – Oxford, Regal
Thursday 24th February 2011 – Birmingham, Institute
Friday 25th February 2011 – London, Brixton O2 Academy
Saturday 26th February 2011 – Manchester, Academy
Sunday 27th February 2011 – Gateshead, The Sage


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