One of the few bands today able to drag a room full of people into the colossal realms of simultaneous emotion, Mogwai were rewarded with a warm Brightonian welcome ahead of a performance packed with raw musicianship, high intensity and explosive atmosphere.
Renowned for their extreme live shows, their lengthy post-rock guitar-based instrumentals are dynamic with heavy use of distortion and effects. With eight albums behind them, their influence is strong within their genre, check out acts such as Explosions In The Sky, Godspeed You! Black Emperor and This Will Destroy You.
First up on the night, were post-electronic band Errors on Mogwai’s own Rock Action Records; blending effective layering with vibrant build-ups and creative visuals to establish an idyllic atmosphere for the night’s proceedings.
Finally, after a break from the live scene, Mogwai’s long awaited return saw showcases from their 2014 release “Rave Tapes”, with opener “Heard About You Last Night”, captivating the crowd as they nodded in synchronization with expressions of longing sentiment. Through a set of songs old and new, the lack of mobile phone lights in the audience reflected an aura of true musical appreciation.
Powering through classics such as “Rano Pano” and “Remurdered”, the band members opted for minimal interaction, letting the music speak for itself. With the confluence of high tech visuals, powerful light displays, and transporting sound, Mogwai don’t just perform, they create a temporary community – a two-way appreciation.
Their live sets are innovative, captivating, and most of all completely inimitable, resulting in constant demand from eager fans that they keep coming back to exceed themselves.
Words: Amber Ainsworth
Pics by Rachael Emily