They've been making music for nearly 20 years, and yet the members of Mogwai are still rattling eardrums with their post-rock sound.
If one needed proof that this group is still going strong, the band kicked off 2014 with the release of "Rave Tapes," their eighth studio album and their second on Rock Action, the label they set up to launch their debut EP all the way back in 1996. And though the album sticks to thir tried and true formula of big, grandiose buildups, it also leans toward an electronic sound with less guitar and more synthesizer.
One concert-goer recently reviewed a Mogwai show by stating the experience was the "aural equivalent of a typhoon," and talked about how the band members remains masters of dynamics – playing contemplative guitars or keyboards until the sound builds…builds…builds…and then crashes like a wave. It's that experience, and the almost cinematic feel to a Mogwai stage show, that keeps the fans coming back time after time, year after year.
Of course one has to turn the pages way back to talk about how Mogwai was formed in Glasgow, Scotland by guitarist/vocalist Stuart Braithwaite, guitarist Dominic Aitchison and drummer Martin Bulloch. They added another guitarist, John Cummings, before officially debuting in 1996 with the single, "Tuner." The band's influences, as heard in their music, came from an eclectic group that includes My Bloody Valentine, Sonic Youth, The Cure, Pixies and Slint.
Come out and hear Mogwai on the road this spring, as the band continues to add dates to its North American tour.
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