Mogwai [Special]

Mogwai [Special]

The fire-breathing Scottish space-rockers in Mogwai build spectral mood music out of noise guitar, doing structurally basic quiet/loud/quiet instrumentals that are nonetheless charged with feeling and beauty even at earsplitting volume. "They level their audiences in concert, but they make it work on record, too, scattering their work across EPs and singles and, in the case of Kicking a Dead Pig, even a remix album. The tracks collected on EP+2 are positively beautiful, taking off from Sister-era Sonic Youth to build long wordless passages of probing guitar fuzz, ebbing and flowing with flourishes of piano, voice-over static, occasional buried voices, room tone, and even a brass band in "Burn Girl Prom Queen." "Rage: Man," "Rollerball," and "Small Children in the Background" build to amazingly dense and lyrical climaxes. Rock Action is even better, stretching out with keyboards and even occasional vocal melodies for their most diverse and expansive record, even if the sound was a bit too bright to please some fans. "2 Rights Make 1 Wrong" is Mogwai's finest moment, building a hypnotic groove as banjos, horns, and synthesizers flow together in and out of the guitars for nine unbelievably gorgeous minutes. Mogwai released a single later in 2001, featuring the studio version of a longtime live staple -- a killer noise-drenched 20-minute version of the old Jewish devotional song "My Father My King."
Their style has been influenced by bands including The Dirty Three, Joy Division, Pink Floyd, The Jesus and Mary Chain, My Bloody Valentine and post-rock pioneers Slint. During 2004 the band supported tours by two major influences, Pixies and The Cure. Mogwai's style has easily identifiable connections to genres like shoegaze, math rock, art rock and occasionally instrumental metal. While their sound bears little resemblance to traditional punk rock, the band seems to identify closely with the punk ethic.
Mogwai (meaning "ghost" in Cantonese) is named after the creatures from the film Gremlins , although guitarist Stuart Braithwaite comments that "it has no significant meaning and we always intended on getting a better one, but like a lot of other things we never got 'round to it.


1997 - Ten Rapid [Compilation]
1997 - 4 Satin [Ep]
1997 - Mogwai Young Team
1998 - Kicking A Dead Pig [Compilation]
1998 - No education No Future [Ep]
1999 - Come on Die Young
1999 - Mogwai [Ep]
1999 - Travels In Constants [Ep]

2000 - EP+6 [Compilation]
2001 - Rock Action
2001 - 5 Track Tour Single
2001 - My Father My King [Ep]
2003 - Happy Songs for Happy People
2005 - Government Commissions [BBC Sessions]
2006 - Mr. Beast
2008 - The Hawk Is Howling
2008 - Batcat (Ep)

Bonus : Misc. Tracks