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MOGWAI

Post Rock/Math rock • United Kingdom


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Formed in Glasgow, Scotland, in 1996, and named for that famous Gremlin, MOGWAI is Stuart Braithwaite (guitar, vocals-when there actually are vocals), Dominic Aitchison (guitar, bass) and Martin Bulloch (drums). MOGWAI are one of the most influentail post-rock bands of all time. They got together with the goal of creating "serious guitar music." What they've done is create seven (basically - five LPs and two compilations of singles) superb albums of gorgeous yet bombastic music. 98% instrumental, there are two sides to MOGWAI, a Dr. Jekyll side and a Mr. Hyde side. They can be melodic and beautiful and then anarchic and destructive, sometimes within the same track. Bands like BILLY MAHONIE and SLINT give a touchtone, but MOGWAI is truly unique.

Tracking down the literally dozens of splin 7" vinyl singles, compilation album contributions, etc, is exhausting and pointeless, because the band's done it for you. Two full-length compilations are out, "Ten Rapid" and "EP+6." Be careful when buying the latter. There's an "EP," and "EP+2," an "EP+4," a "No Education = No Future," and a "4 Satin." All these repeat themselves but are captured in full on "EP+6" - that's the one to get. At any rate, all the rare tracks that fell through the holes are available as free downloads from MOGWAI's official site.

The full albums are "Young Team," "Come On Die Young," "Rock Action," and "Happy Songs for Happy People," plus the single track 20 minute EP "My Father My King." There is a very stripped and organic feel to "Young Team," "Come On Die Young," and "My Father My King." There are more electronics covering "Rock Action" and "Happy Songs for Happy People." While all MOGWAI is highly recommended, "Rock Action" is the place to start. Also, "EP+6" minus one 13 minute noise track, is stupendous.

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ALBUMS:
---- Mogwai [EP+6]
2003 Happy Songs for Happy People *[Japan Bonus Track]
2001 Rock Action *[Japan Bonus Tracks]
1999 Come on Die Young
1997 Young Team
* 1999 Young Team [Bonus Tracks]

Box Set/Compilation:
2005 Government Commissions: BBC Sessions 1996-2004
1998 Mogwai Fear Satan Remixes
1998 Kicking a Dead Pig: Mogwai Songs Remixed [Eye-Q]
* 1998 Kicking A Dead Pig: Mogwai Songs Remixed + Fear Satan Remixes [Jetset]
1997 Ten Rapid (Collected Recordings 1996-1997)
1997 Club Beatroot, Pt. 4 [Split]

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Rave TapesRave Tapes
Sub Pop 2014
Audio CD$7.48
$4.91 (used)
Young TeamYoung Team
Chemikal Underground 2008
Audio CD$9.88
$8.00 (used)
Les RevenantsLes Revenants
Import
Rock Action 2013
Audio CD$10.05
$13.41 (used)
Hardcore Will Never Die But You WillHardcore Will Never Die But You Will
Sub Pop 2011
Audio CD$8.41
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Special Moves (CD + DVD)Special Moves (CD + DVD)
+1 Records 2010
Audio CD$14.90
$9.62 (used)
Happy Songs for Happy PeopleHappy Songs for Happy People
Import
Play It Again Sam UK 2003
Audio CD$6.05
$3.32 (used)
Zidane: A 21st Century PortraitZidane: A 21st Century Portrait
Pias America 2007
Audio CD$8.13
$3.49 (used)
Rock ActionRock Action
Limited Edition · Import
Play It Again Sam UK 2001
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Earth Division EPEarth Division EP
Sub Pop 2011
Audio CD$2.84
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MOGWAI shows & tickets


  • Mogwai + Factory Floor + Majeure at El Rey Theatre, Los Angeles on 17 Apr 2014
  • Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival 2014 Weekend 2 on 18 Apr 2014
  • Mogwai + Majeure at The Regency Ballroom, San Francisco on 18 Apr 2014
  • Mogwai at Sunshine Theater, Albuquerque on 21 Apr 2014
  • Mogwai at Tricky Falls, El Paso on 22 Apr 2014
  • Mogwai + Majeure at Granada Theater, Dallas on 23 Apr 2014
  • Mogwai at Emo's, Austin on 24 Apr 2014
  • Mogwai + Majeure at Fitzgerald's, Houston on 25 Apr 2014
  • Mogwai + Majeure at Varsity Theatre, Baton Rouge on 26 Apr 2014
  • Mogwai + Majeure at The Civic Theatre, New Orleans on 27 Apr 2014
  • Mogwai at Grand Central, Miami on 29 Apr 2014
  • Mogwai + Majeure at The Ritz Ybor, Tampa on 30 Apr 2014
  • Mogwai at The Beacham, Orlando on 1 May 2014
  • Mogwai + Majeure at Center Stage, Atlanta on 2 May 2014
  • Mogwai + Majeure at Exit/In, Nashville on 3 May 2014
  • Mogwai at Amos' Southend, Charlotte NC on 6 May 2014
  • Mogwai + Majeure at 9:30 Club, Washington DC on 7 May 2014
  • Mogwai at Union Transfer, Philadelphia on 8 May 2014
  • Mogwai + Majeure at Terminal 5, New York on 9 May 2014
  • Mogwai + Majeure at House of Blues, Boston on 10 May 2014
  • Mogwai + Majeure at Métropolis, Quebec on 11 May 2014
  • Mogwai + Majeure at The Danforth Music Hall, Toronto on 13 May 2014
  • Mogwai at House of Blues, Cleveland on 14 May 2014
  • Mogwai at Saint Andrew's Hall, Detroit on 15 May 2014
  • Mogwai at Vic Theatre, Chicago on 16 May 2014
  • Mogwai at Wooly's, Des Moines on 17 May 2014
  • Mogwai + Majeure at First Avenue, Minneapolis on 18 May 2014
  • Mogwai + Majeure at Ogden Theater, Denver on 20 May 2014
  • Mogwai at The Depot, Salt Lake City on 21 May 2014
  • Sasquatch! Music Festival 2014 on 23 May 2014

MOGWAI discography


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MOGWAI top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.51 | 74 ratings
Young Team
1997
2.81 | 49 ratings
Come on Die Young
1999
3.49 | 54 ratings
Rock Action
2001
3.92 | 136 ratings
Happy Songs for Happy People
2003
3.71 | 87 ratings
Mr. Beast
2006
3.33 | 25 ratings
Zidane: a 21st Century Portrait
2006
3.65 | 68 ratings
The Hawk is Howling
2008
3.70 | 103 ratings
Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will
2011
3.89 | 9 ratings
Les Revenants Soundtrack
2013
3.50 | 22 ratings
Rave Tapes
2014

MOGWAI Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.87 | 12 ratings
Special Moves
2010
3.50 | 2 ratings
iTunes Festival: London 2011
2011

MOGWAI Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

MOGWAI Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.16 | 14 ratings
Ten Rapid (Collected Recordings 1996-1997)
1997
3.55 | 9 ratings
Government Commissions: BBC Sessions 1996-2003
2005
2.33 | 3 ratings
A Wrenched Virile Lore
2012

MOGWAI Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

2.33 | 3 ratings
4 Satin
1997
2.00 | 3 ratings
No Education = No Future (Fuck the Curfew)
1998
3.81 | 8 ratings
EP
1999
3.44 | 12 ratings
My Father, My King
2001
3.00 | 1 ratings
Friend Of The Night
2006
3.25 | 9 ratings
Earth Division
2011

MOGWAI Reviews


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 Les Revenants Soundtrack by MOGWAI album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.89 | 9 ratings

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Les Revenants Soundtrack
Mogwai Post Rock/Math rock

Review by richardh
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Its important to note that I know nothing about this band other than this album. I came across this when watching the brilliant French TV series for which this is the soundtrack. For those who don't know it's about people coming back from the dead although not in some Zombie apocalypse scenario but rather in a more standard drama. Its weird and played dead (excuse the pun) straight in typical French dead pan(oh sorry again) style. Slow atmospheric creepy and totally absorbing. And that basically describes the music. Its slow melodic and full of subtle melodies. No long tracks and no massive flourishes instrumentally. Each track is beautifully structured although I couldn't name a stand out piece. I suppose this could almost be seen as the commercial end of post rock but that would be to do it a disservice. How does it stand up against their other releases? Absolutely no idea as said before. That will be for someone else to judge.

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 Earth Division by MOGWAI album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2011
3.25 | 9 ratings

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Earth Division
Mogwai Post Rock/Math rock

Review by HolyMoly
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3 stars This is an EP released shortly after Mogwai's impressive Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will album in 2011. It has similar album cover graphics, but musically it is very much a separate entity, although complementary. It contains four tracks totaling around 16 minutes, and all four of these tracks show Mogwai in their "mellow mode", with string arrangements on every track, playing a more central role than usual for Mogwai. The first track, "Get To France", is an instrumental based on a simple quiet piano theme. The following ""Hound of Winter" is the only track with vocals, and is based around an acoustic guitar. "Drunk and Crazy" turns up the juice just a little bit, being a placid track but clouded with sheets of white guitar noise and strings. And finally there is "Does This Always Happen?", bringing all the prior elements together into a typical, albeit quiet, Mogwai mood piece.

Overall the EP is underwhelming, but for those who are fans and can hear this EP in its proper context, it will be a necessary addition to your collection. Nowhere else is Mogwai so pastoral and just plain relaxing over an entire release (though the Zidane soundtrack comes close). None of their trademark quiet-to-loud eruptions here; though in reality they've kind of moved away from that tendency on recent albums anyway. I wish it were a little bit longer, but what's here is very pretty indeed and will not cause any raised eyebrows at your next dinner party.

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 The Hawk is Howling by MOGWAI album cover Studio Album, 2008
3.65 | 68 ratings

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The Hawk is Howling
Mogwai Post Rock/Math rock

Review by Warthur
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4 stars Mogwai's return to the musical approach of their early releases on the Zidane documentary soundtrack must have inspired them, because on The Hawk Is Howling they continue to incorporate more of the fragile textures of their early albums back into their music - but accomplish this much more satisfyingly than on the Zidane soundtrack. Could they have been holding their better material back for this album? Possibly, but I can't really blame them - I'd rather have one excellent album and one mediocre album than two good albums that both suffer from some filler (because in the former case I can just ditch the mediocre album and listen to the brilliant one over and over again).

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 Zidane: a 21st Century Portrait by MOGWAI album cover Studio Album, 2006
3.33 | 25 ratings

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Zidane: a 21st Century Portrait
Mogwai Post Rock/Math rock

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

2 stars It's little surprise that Mogwai's soundtrack for a biographical documentary on Zidane sounds like a big step backwards for the band - the director apparently showed the band scenes from the film with a remix of Mogwai Fear Satan (from Young Team) playing over it to give them an idea of what sort of material the film called for. It's interesting listening to the band attempt to play once more in the style of Young Team or Come On Die Young, but I rather suspect that the band left that sound behind for a good reason; they've already done all they really wanted to do in that style and, frankly, sound a little bored (and more than a little boring) here.

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 Mr. Beast by MOGWAI album cover Studio Album, 2006
3.71 | 87 ratings

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Mr. Beast
Mogwai Post Rock/Math rock

Review by Warthur
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4 stars Mogwai's Mr Beast finds the band concentrating on short and to the point post-rock with a greater focus on piano and exquisite production values which seem to take a leaf from Sigur Ros' book. This makes it perhaps one of Mogwai's more accessible albums, particularly compared to their murky earlier work, but this accessibility does not mean there's nothing for post-rock fans to enjoy here. Indeed, the development of Mogwai's sound away from their roots will be something to a relief to many listeners, since whilst their early albums were great, by 2005 there were so many soundalike bands out there that it fell on innovators like Mogwai to set an example by pushing forward into new territory as opposed to lurking in their comfort zone.

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 Happy Songs for Happy People by MOGWAI album cover Studio Album, 2003
3.92 | 136 ratings

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Happy Songs for Happy People
Mogwai Post Rock/Math rock

Review by Warthur
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4 stars On Happy Songs For Happy People, Mogwai provide precisely what the title suggests: a warmer, softer, more uplifting and downright more cheerful reimagining of their sound. With what seems to my ears to be less audio snippets and strange tampering with the sound than previous albums, this was an unprecedentedly warm and organic Mogwai album when it first came out, and seemed like a drastic departure from their earlier works. It isn't quite that extreme a change - we're still firmly in post-rock territory here - but it is fair to say that, just like the sorely underappreciated Come On Die Young, Happy Songs For Happy People provides an insight into a side of Mogwai people's usual assumptions about the band can't account for.

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 My Father, My King by MOGWAI album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2001
3.44 | 12 ratings

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My Father, My King
Mogwai Post Rock/Math rock

Review by Warthur
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4 stars Mogwai bill this a "companion piece" to the Rock Action - actually, I think it overshadows that album a little. My Father My King is an instrumental which the band had used to close their concerts for some time before tackling the task of recording it. Sure, maybe it is Mogwai's way of saying "We can do 20 minute tracks too, so don't think Godspeed You Black Emperor proved anything with Lift Your Skinny Fists!", but even so as far as 20-minute heavy post-rock workouts go it's pretty impressive. In fact, it's probably Mogwai's best non-album track altogether. Play it loud and play it with patience.

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 Rock Action by MOGWAI album cover Studio Album, 2001
3.49 | 54 ratings

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Rock Action
Mogwai Post Rock/Math rock

Review by Warthur
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4 stars Mogwai must have realised they'd taken their predominantly instrumental and extremely sparse sound as far as it could go on Come On Die Young, because Rock Action sees them refreshing and evolving their sound extensively. The compositions presented are much more lush and musically embellished, vocals play a more prominent role, and the reliance on sampled dialogue to establish atmosphere is greatly diminished. The end result is an album which is unmistakably Mogwai but at the same time establishes an entirely new phase in their sound. Post-rock fans who were turned off by earlier Mogwai works but think they might enjoy a less sparse version of the Mogwai sound could enjoy themselves here.

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 EP by MOGWAI album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1999
3.81 | 8 ratings

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EP
Mogwai Post Rock/Math rock

Review by Warthur
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4 stars The absolute best way to buy this disc is to get the EP+6 release of it, which includes the tracks from the band's two previous EPs as well, extending the running time to that of a full length album. More varied and accommodating of noisy crescendos than Mogwai's other major 1999 release, Come On Die Young, for those who weren't fond of that album's extremely subdued sound the EP+6 may provide a welcome substitute - for me, I find it complements the other disc wonderfully. A more than credible followup to the band's previous odds and sods collection, Ten Rapid, EP+6 shows the other side of a crucial period in the band's evolution.

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 Come on Die Young by MOGWAI album cover Studio Album, 1999
2.81 | 49 ratings

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Come on Die Young
Mogwai Post Rock/Math rock

Review by Warthur
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4 stars Personally, I think Come On Die Young gets a raw deal. The secret for getting maximum appreciation out of it is to release that the album represents Mogwai's flirtation with ambient, taking their post-rock sound closer to the ambient, minimalistic territory explored by Brian Eno decades earlier than it had ever been. The end result is a subdued, tranquil, semi-sedated album which might not have those noisy crescendos post-rock fans expect from Mogwai, but represents an intriguingly different sound for them. I might not need more than one album from Mogwai in this vein, but I am profoundly glad they attempted the experiment and I think the results are more interesting than they are often given credit for.

And you've got to love the Iggy Pop monologue it kicks off with.

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