MOGWAI - Classic or Dud?

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Just picked up the new album from Mogwai, ROCK ACTION. Anyone hear it?

My verdict? (like any of you care): ROCK ACTION as a title (despite having the innate coolness of being named after Stooges drummer, Scotty Asheton's nick name) is a woefull misnomer.

Mogwai are one of those bands that I honestly *REALLY WANNA LIKE*, but it just never seems to happen. I love what I read about them, I like their austere aesthetic, they're Scottish, but this is the second album of theirs I've shelled out ambitiously for (the first being COME ON DIE YOUNG) and again I'm left largely cold & clammy.

Track number five, "You Don't Know Jesus," is suitably "rockin'," but don't come to me saying it's all forward-thinking, cutting-edge, "post-rock," because it's nothing those much maligned-shoegazers in Ride weren't doing ten years ago (and they were tagged with the epithet "retro").

Perhaps I need to be more patient and let it grow on me. Or not.

What are your thoughts about them?

alex in nyc, Monday, 23 April 2001 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

No sir, I don't like 'em.

, Monday, 23 April 2001 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

I came late to the Mogwai party, and I quite like them, but probably not in the same way that the fawners do. The new one isn't grabbing me as much as Come on Die Young, but it will probably grow on me like that one did. I can see the Mogwai/Ride connection, but it's a bit tenuous. The point of early Ride was the wall of sound, and Mogwai is more stripped back, to the point of generally not including vocals (the inclusion of so much singing on this one is probably going to keep it down, in my mind, but we'll see). I don't think the point of Mogwai is really about ROCKING, and the title is really tongue-in- cheek, from what I can tell. It's more about atmosphere. I think Come on Die Young and the 1999 EP leading off with "Stanley Kubrick" are my faves so far.

Sean Carruthers, Monday, 23 April 2001 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

I too would really want to like them but from what i have heard, they're pretty formulaic and even more pretentious than there post- rock peers... although i did hear the beginning of a mary-anne hobbs (ugh!) dj session with (and i quote MAH) "THE MIGHHTTTTYYY MOGWAI" and it was so fucking cool... i think they'd have a few more ideas than making every rotten track they do softsoftsoftsoftBLOODYLOUDsoftsoftsoftsoftBLOODYLOUD! it does get boring after a while - i think i'll stick to Godspeed and Sigur Ros before buying anything by them.

dog latin, Monday, 23 April 2001 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

I bought 'Young Team' as an aid to infiltrating a bunch of posho indie kids a few years back, and (once again) tried to like it, but...oh sod it, they're just rubbish, aren't they? Possibly the ultimate "I don't like them." "That's because you don't understaaaaaand..." "But there's nothing to understand!" band.

DG, Monday, 23 April 2001 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

I find Young Team as good as Loveless, which sez lots. I picked up on Mogwai back with the release of Ten Rapid, which is admittedly sort of spotty, but Summer was/is a great track. Also, I find their choice of remixers very tasteful. CODY grew on me, but was always a bit on the morose end, while I find Young Team to be a big head rush. I've been quite looking forward to Rock Action, and must go pick it up. So, uh, classic. I mark them as the best of the "second wave" of post- rock (i.e. the post-Chicago/Louisville scene).

Sterling Clover, Monday, 23 April 2001 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

I like Young Team a lot, that's a really solid record If you like the sound rush, you have to like "Mogwai Fear Satan." Speaking of which, I love both the Kevin Shields and Surgeon remixes on Kicking a Dead Pig. That's definitely the best "rock band remixed" album I've heard, I think (I have the beautiful vinyl which as both the regular remixes and the extra "Fear Satan" remixes.) But CODY just did not grow on me at all, no matter how hard I tried, and I eventually sold it. I just cannot extract any meaning out of that record, it's so slow undynamic, w/ no new sounds, and they're such misers with the melodies. I know a lot of smart people love CODY, but I can't hear it. Which means I have little interest in the new one, though I'm keeping one ear out.

Mark, Monday, 23 April 2001 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Godly and glorious and I don't care what anyone thinks. I wear my _Blur: Are Shite_ shirt with pride. So yah boo. Now I haven't heard the new album yet, but I wait patiently. I unfortunately missed the recent tour, but them's life etc.

Also, I casually wish flaming death on anyone who ever again compares the *TENDENTIOUSLY BORING AND OBVIOUS MOTHERFUCKERS* in Godspeed You Fucking Black Emperor to Mogwai ever again, or at least sentence them to listening to the Swans' "I Was a Prisoner In Your Skull" and realizing where GYBE got their schtik from, right down to the found- sound man-on-street sample. They're at least starting to have two moods instead of one, but still. Sigur Ros I'll let live because they sound like they appreciate the shoegaze.

Back in September 1999, I had the chance to see GYBE and Mogwai at two separate shows the same week. Mogwai had this little thing called 'dynamics,' which among other things meant, say, not playing the same damn song over and over again and again, including the encores. Now guess how quickly I feel asleep at the GYBE show -- standing ten feet from the stage, I should note. Labradford blew them off the stage while playing at one/one-hundreth of the volume level.

As it is, Labradford excepted, the likes of Timbaland create more dramatic and unique work than all of these bands, but I know where my allegiances lie nonetheless...

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 24 April 2001 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Just bought Tortoise "Standards": very nice if you're on the post- rock tip!

dog latin, Tuesday, 24 April 2001 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Um, Ned, didn't you say, earlier on when telling this story of yours, that you had been up all night before the show? If so I think it's a bit disengenuous of you to pass over that fact...

Josh, Tuesday, 24 April 2001 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

mogwai have made some very good records (helicon, young team) and have also been superb live (duchess of york, leeds, 1998 springs to mind). but its over. they seemed to want to turn away from what they did best, a laudable plan certainly, but they didn't really seem to know what to do instead. floundering now

gareth, Wednesday, 25 April 2001 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

*thinks* Man, was I? Maybe I was. Gosh, I can't recall. Okay then - - if I was, GYBE accelerated the process. ;-)

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 26 April 2001 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

If they're "floundering" now then I hope I'm doing as well once I'm past my "peak". I am quite pleased by Rock Action. Not as much as by the previous albums, but then I've only had it for a day. So, classic.

I don't understand how people could say that the early singles were their best, as many seem to say.

Josh, Thursday, 26 April 2001 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Josh, you silly goose, a band's early material is always better! It's, like, an immutable law if you're a cool music person!

In all seriousness, I'm forming theories on this in my own head, and also incorporating my "whichever album you heard first is the one you'll treasure" theory. Consider Mogwai (a good choice considering the thread): I love love love Come on Die Young, but it's obvious to me that most Mogwai fans that have been there from the beginning prefer Young Team as an album. Is Young Team necessarily better? I don't know, and I'm not convince. I much prefer CODY because it was my entry point (although I heard Kicking a Dead Pig first, I discount it because it was not what I was expecting at the time, and it just slid off my mind like an egg off of T-Fal).

I think Mogwai is a victim of their own success with a certain group. Young Team was obviously a great record, and it set up unreasonable expectations for the followup, thus the fact that many people don't really like CODY all that much. And also thus, many people don't think Rock Action measures up. I personally like Rock Action just fine the more that I listen to it, even with the vocals. Over the past two years, there have been a host of albums that I thought were just not up to snuff, because the previous releases set such high expectations: David Sylvian's last one. The last Godspeed (sorry, Ned). The new Nick Cave (and the jury's still out). And now this one.

Sean Carruthers, Thursday, 26 April 2001 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

But you see, even though I have slight inclinations toward saying I prefer Young Team more, really I have a hard time choosing between it and Come On Die Young. They have different characters.

Josh, Thursday, 26 April 2001 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Oh - and I think the vocals help make Rock Action as good as it is. The Gruff Rhys track is fantastic.

Josh, Thursday, 26 April 2001 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

three years pass...
I hadn't listened to Young Team in probably a year and a half before this morning, but this album remains an utter masterpiece of mood and tension, a collection of muted, fucked-up, drifting-to-sleep emotions. There's an unbelievable implied depth (sonic? emotional?) to the songs, something that's really hard to get at from merely describing the sound or the methodology of the record. I like to think that there's a certain place in the world -- maybe some pocket of air a few hundred feet in the air over the ocean -- where the theme from "Tracy" plays endlessly. Is anyone else still listening to Young Team?

Clarke B. (Clarke B.), Sunday, 9 May 2004 14:44 (sixteen years ago) link

Not too recently...but not for lack of love (I still like my weird conflation of the two Slint albums as Tweezerland).

Ned Raggett (Ned), Sunday, 9 May 2004 14:49 (sixteen years ago) link

Utter toss. I don't want my pop stars to look like that troll-like little wretch. I remember he wrote did a piece for NME and signed of "Stuart Braithwaite, HND". HAHAHAHAHA! HNfuckingD. What was the point of putting that after your name you knobass? I have sooo much dislike for them. And as for, "I've studied music so I can prove Blur are shite", well whoopeefuckingdoo Mr HND, I've studied English and the correct spelling would be Blur: Is Shite.

Fucking knob. No wonder you don't chart.

CRW (CRW), Sunday, 9 May 2004 14:59 (sixteen years ago) link

Even though I am a big Slint fan, I loved (and still love) that entry, Ned. And somehow I knew that the first follow-up post would be from you!

x-post -- Calum, "Blur: Are Shite" implies that not only the band but the individual members of the band are shite, which is far more effective than your proposed alternative. And since when have Mogwai given a fuck about being pop stars? It's a non-issue.

Clarke B. (Clarke B.), Sunday, 9 May 2004 15:02 (sixteen years ago) link

do they feed you dumb food in calum-land as well as half-arsed, badly concieved britpop? calum:shite.

doomie x, Sunday, 9 May 2004 15:17 (sixteen years ago) link

'Hunted By A Freak' is as poppy as it gets ;)

stevem (blueski), Sunday, 9 May 2004 15:26 (sixteen years ago) link

Weird old ILM thread.

Mark (MarkR), Sunday, 9 May 2004 15:43 (sixteen years ago) link

You got that right, Mark. I like Alex's tentativeness, his polite way of carefully hedging his disdain ("Perhaps I should be more patient...") -- so quaint!

Clarke B. (Clarke B.), Sunday, 9 May 2004 15:50 (sixteen years ago) link

Keep in mind I think that was only five, six days after he first joined the board!

Ned Raggett (Ned), Sunday, 9 May 2004 15:57 (sixteen years ago) link

I like 'em.

latebloomer (latebloomer), Sunday, 9 May 2004 23:44 (sixteen years ago) link

Re the original question - Rock Action is their finest moment I reckon.

Tim Finney (Tim Finney), Monday, 10 May 2004 00:40 (sixteen years ago) link

I like Alex's tentativeness, his polite way of carefully hedging his disdain ("Perhaps I should be more patient...") -- so quaint!

I still post like that!

@d@ml (nordicskilla), Monday, 10 May 2004 00:45 (sixteen years ago) link

Heh, so do I, Skillz, but it's certainly a far cry from nu-Alex in NYC!

Tim, what does it for you with Rock Action? I think it's a fantastic record, but it doesn't give me the glazed eyes quite like Young Team or parts of Ten Rapid. It's more consistent, maybe, but less intense. The slower, prettier tracks on Rock Action have a deliberateness, a literalness about them, whereas early "ballads" like "Tracy" or "Helicon 2" are gauzier, dreamier, more enveloping. That's just me.

Clarke B. (Clarke B.), Monday, 10 May 2004 00:57 (sixteen years ago) link

No, old-Alex in NYC was like that too, I think he was just trying to be respectful to Mogwai because they weren't in the pabulum category.

I'll answer your question a bit later Clarke when I've thought about it more.

Tim Finney (Tim Finney), Monday, 10 May 2004 03:09 (sixteen years ago) link

I'll be interested in Tim's answer, but to chime in roughly (I would listen to the album right now but I'm hearing a pretty good Labradford set here so anyway): I see Clarke's distinction readily, that sense of tripping out in the earlier stuff in terms of envelopment. But I think I'd also rank Rock Action at their best, in that there's some near undefinable sense of...I'm looking for the word, I hesitate to say 'epic melancholy,' though I'm willing to bet there's a good German word for it. I think the album's focus is its strength, I recall the band almost joking a bit about how Rock Action would be their radically different 'short song' album, but in respects by arranging it that way everything became more tightly wound, amplified, brought into sharper focus. It's also a sense where all the individual elements *work* so effectively, how everything adds to the mix and seems to emerge and cut out right when needed.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Monday, 10 May 2004 04:24 (sixteen years ago) link

i think all of the Mogwai LPs are faulty, i really think they hit their strides in the EP format. nearly every one of their EPs is much more aimed for repeat listenings then the inferior full-lengths.

gygax! (gygax!), Monday, 10 May 2004 04:50 (sixteen years ago) link

Young Team, for the sake of example, is filled with a bunch of crap that's just fast-forward fodder strung between "Tracy", "Mogwai Fear Satan", "A Cheery Wave From Stranded Youngsters" etc.

gygax! (gygax!), Monday, 10 May 2004 04:52 (sixteen years ago) link

you don't mean weltschmerz, do you, ned? it would be too strong a word to apply to mogwai.

alex in mainhattan (alex63), Monday, 10 May 2004 04:58 (sixteen years ago) link

I don't get what's interesting about this band. I don't like this band. That is all.

Debito (Debito), Monday, 10 May 2004 05:02 (sixteen years ago) link

yeah, i know chiming in to say psshhh on a thread is k-lame, but, psshhh.*

*i know full well, tho, that druggy blissout longeur stuff is not my thing, and mogwai have been something i've meant to try to convince myself of, when i get around to it, on the strength of so much adulation from ppl i respect. see also: beta band (zzzz)

g--ff (gcannon), Monday, 10 May 2004 05:06 (sixteen years ago) link

Aside from the EP vs. LP camp, am I right in assuming that fans are generally divided into Young Team-or-bust and CODY+Rock Action? i.e. are there people who like all three (I'm unwilling to accept that it was Mogwai who recorded Happy Songs) of their albums?

Leeefuse 73 (Leee), Monday, 10 May 2004 05:18 (sixteen years ago) link

Good to know that I'm not the only one who likes Rock Action best.

jaymc (jaymc), Monday, 10 May 2004 05:21 (sixteen years ago) link

Also gygax! otm about how the albums all have flaws (except Rock Action!(which, if it actually has problems, at least their brevity masks 'em)).

Leeefuse 73 (Leee), Monday, 10 May 2004 05:22 (sixteen years ago) link

Young Team is maybe five really really good tracks and a bunch of totally ignorable filler. The next album was totally ignorable filler and immediately after that I stopped caring.

Alex in SF (Alex in SF), Monday, 10 May 2004 05:24 (sixteen years ago) link

If "weltschmerz" means what I think it does (literally = world pain, but more poetically = world weary, with a hint of pathos) then I think the term is appropriate for "Rock Action".

Gygax's comments re: Young Team are completely otm. I've never understood the fawning over that record. Yes, there are intense moments on YT that can't be found on any of their other albums, but there's a load of filler too. Once I discovered live Mogwai bootlegs I discovered I didn't need YT to get my Mogwai Fear Satan fix anymore.

Barry Bruner (Barry Bruner), Monday, 10 May 2004 05:32 (sixteen years ago) link

Happy Songs is my favourite, which fucks your theory, Leeefuse! I thought Rock Action could have been magnificent when I first got it, but its appeal didn't hold for me. I'd have to go back and listen to everything again to see why.

Sick Nouthall (Nick Southall), Monday, 10 May 2004 05:55 (sixteen years ago) link

one of the most boring bands i have ever seen live.

jack cole (jackcole), Monday, 10 May 2004 05:59 (sixteen years ago) link

Rock Action is the best purely for the six odd minutes of 2 Rights = 1 Wrong, especially for the comedown bit with the three-note banjo line and glitchy noises in the last couple of minutes.

Matt DC (Matt DC), Monday, 10 May 2004 08:25 (sixteen years ago) link

Ned actually nailed my answer - I guess "epic melancholy" just does it for me more than the trippy stuff. But I do have a longer answer in the works.

I never listen to CODY, incidentally. Love the EP in between CODY and Rock ActioN though.

Tim Finney (Tim Finney), Monday, 10 May 2004 11:13 (sixteen years ago) link

i.e. are there people who like all three (I'm unwilling to accept that it was Mogwai who recorded Happy Songs) of their albums

That would be me! And the new one too, though I don't listen to it anywhere as much.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Monday, 10 May 2004 11:59 (sixteen years ago) link

I can't remember the last time i was more underwhelmed by an album than I was by Rock Action. It was like listening to an unfinished sketch of an idea of an album. Like rehearsal tapes that were recorded really well. So, it is a memorable album in that sense. But I haven't listened to it since I bought it years ago. I'll listen again and see if I've changed my mind any. Stranger things have happened!

scott seward (scott seward), Monday, 10 May 2004 12:16 (sixteen years ago) link

And I generally have nothing against that kinda stuff of course. Even stuff with a lack of ideas/creativity. Cool guitar noise on its own is usually enough for me. I still listen to listless Bowery Electric and Magnog albums.

scott seward (scott seward), Monday, 10 May 2004 12:22 (sixteen years ago) link

Now see, I was in fact listening to Magnog last week...

Ned Raggett (Ned), Monday, 10 May 2004 13:06 (sixteen years ago) link

I think fuck the curfew is their strongest release, but after that, I'd take Happy Songs and Rock Action over the other two albums easily. The songs on each are more distinct.

kyle (akmonday), Monday, 10 May 2004 13:23 (sixteen years ago) link

CODY released 20 years ago the day

( ͡☉ ͜ʖ ͡☉) (jim in vancouver), Friday, 29 March 2019 19:38 (one year ago) link

"Helps Both Ways" came on shuffle the other day and it brought me back to my fair youth!

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Saturday, 30 March 2019 04:18 (one year ago) link

two weeks pass...

Reckon they’re all probably into eurorack now.

fields of salmon, Monday, 15 April 2019 22:05 (one year ago) link

one year passes...

Rather like the new one.

Ned Raggett, Sunday, 21 February 2021 00:36 (two weeks ago) link

Back in September 1999, I had the chance to see GYBE and Mogwai at two separate shows the same week. Mogwai had this little thing called 'dynamics,' which among other things meant, say, not playing the same damn song over and over again and again, including the encores. Now guess how quickly I feel asleep at the GYBE show -- standing ten feet from the stage, I should note. Labradford blew them off the stage while playing at one/one-hundreth of the volume level.

ROFL

Adoration of the Mogwai (Deflatormouse), Sunday, 21 February 2021 00:51 (two weeks ago) link

All true!

Ned Raggett, Sunday, 21 February 2021 00:58 (two weeks ago) link

Fwiw I saw both of those shows in I think the same week of Sept. 99 as well (presumably on the opposite coast, at Maxwell's in Hoboken) and that is a hilariously immoderate reaction. The wording, the indignation... It's all very funny

Adoration of the Mogwai (Deflatormouse), Sunday, 21 February 2021 00:59 (two weeks ago) link

I think "Mogwai had this little thing called 'dynamics'" and "now guess how quickly i fell asleep" were my favorite parts

Adoration of the Mogwai (Deflatormouse), Sunday, 21 February 2021 01:00 (two weeks ago) link

'blown off the stage by labradford' is the saddest of all epithets

mookieproof, Sunday, 21 February 2021 01:01 (two weeks ago) link

Out of the two shows I would say Ganger played the weakest set, but it's true that Labradford were better than GY!BE

Adoration of the Mogwai (Deflatormouse), Sunday, 21 February 2021 01:02 (two weeks ago) link

I think that was the same week as the Matador 10th anniversary show at Irving Plaza where some guy yelled "DON'T DO IT!!" over the silence just as Stuart Braithwaite was about to kick the distortion on for the loud part of 'Like Herod' and *the entire place* including Stu erupted in laughter.

Adoration of the Mogwai (Deflatormouse), Sunday, 21 February 2021 01:08 (two weeks ago) link

single sounds like Snow Patrol

PaulTMA, Sunday, 21 February 2021 01:11 (two weeks ago) link

lol xp

imago, Sunday, 21 February 2021 01:19 (two weeks ago) link

Dying at “DON’T DO IT!”

circa1916, Sunday, 21 February 2021 02:50 (two weeks ago) link

awesome

mookieproof, Sunday, 21 February 2021 03:16 (two weeks ago) link

Re: one/one-hundredth of the volume level tho. Idk, I distinctly remember being surprised and disappointed that GYBE were soooo quiet. Only time i've seen them live.

Adoration of the Mogwai (Deflatormouse), Sunday, 21 February 2021 04:02 (two weeks ago) link

At the Matador 10th show Mogwai's set was followed by the Cornelius Group who I wouldn't say blew them off the stage exactly but it certainly would have been a little sad if Mogwai had followed them instead.

Adoration of the Mogwai (Deflatormouse), Sunday, 21 February 2021 04:06 (two weeks ago) link

it probably doesn't, but dear god i wish a bootleg of that "don't do it!" show exists.

relistened to ROCK ACTION recently and damn if "you don't know jesus" isn't an easy top 3 mogwai cut for me.

Western® with Bacon Flavor, Sunday, 21 February 2021 06:13 (two weeks ago) link

Genuinely the loudest act I ever saw live.

Tsar Bombadil (James Morrison), Sunday, 21 February 2021 06:32 (two weeks ago) link

gigography link to that Irving Plaza show with a comment about the Don't Do It as well - doesn't say if it was recorded/is being traded or not - http://youngteam.co.uk/brightlight/eng/gig230999.php

StanM, Sunday, 21 February 2021 07:32 (two weeks ago) link

("the show was webcast on cdnow" though)

StanM, Sunday, 21 February 2021 07:33 (two weeks ago) link

it must be out there somewhere - this is from that show https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XNVua-kot5A

StanM, Sunday, 21 February 2021 07:36 (two weeks ago) link

new one is great. Ceiling Granny is basically a Siamese Dream-era pumpkins track minus vocals. not sure if they would enjoy that comparison but it's undeniable?

Hmmmmm (jamiesummerz), Sunday, 21 February 2021 10:12 (two weeks ago) link

Yeah really good new album. Really enjoyed the recorded gig the other night as well. A truly immersive experience although i'd had a few ales, the light show got me.

kraudive, Sunday, 21 February 2021 18:55 (two weeks ago) link

Saw them in Cologne in 97 or 98 and was the loudest show ever. Later gigs didn't quite achieve that ear splitting volume.

Duke, Sunday, 21 February 2021 18:56 (two weeks ago) link

oh I LOVE that clip of Xmas Steps, Stuart jumps like he's been shot when the bass comes in

assert (MatthewK), Sunday, 21 February 2021 21:19 (two weeks ago) link

single sounds like Snow Patrol

I'd like to hear some Snow Patrol sounding that good. Not being snide, I'd genuinely appreciate a recommendation.

locked in a death spiral of vindictive gatekeeping (viborg), Sunday, 21 February 2021 22:59 (two weeks ago) link

gigography link to that Irving Plaza show with a comment about the Don't Do It as well

Heh, it's the first thing anyone would mention who was at that show.
I was talking to a friend I didn't know until years later and it transpired that we were both in attendance... And immediately like, we just looked at each other grinning and shouted out "DON'T DO IT!!" in unison.

i was disappointed too that they only played 4 songs

Well tbf, all 4 of them were 10 minutes long.

I probably saw more shows in September 1999 than any other month which is kinda crazy b/c I was 15 years old at the time. I think the Mogwai/Ganger and Godspeed/Labradford shows were a few days before school started, but the Matador 10th show was on like a Monday or Tuesday night and I had a history test the next day. Relatedly, this was right around the time I started failing out of school.

Adoration of the Mogwai (Deflatormouse), Monday, 22 February 2021 03:34 (two weeks ago) link

Anyway some quick thoughts.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 22 February 2021 18:06 (two weeks ago) link

That song sounds like M83

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Tuesday, 23 February 2021 07:09 (one week ago) link

Very nice message just sent out via their Bandcamp:

It is 25 years this week since the release of our first single Tuner/Lower, the first release on Rock Action Records. We started the label (named after Stooges drummer Scott Asheton) with a loan of £400 from my sister Victoria’s boyfriend (now husband) Jared. Martin’s folks generously helped us out by paying for the studio to record the songs. We folded the record sleeves up one by one in my bedroom at my parents house. I had every expectation that most of them were going to be hard to get rid of and would remain in a pile in my bedroom for some time. Thankfully that wasn’t to be the case.

We didn’t start the band or the label to get in to charts. That would have seemed insane. We were just kids that wanted to make an amazing noise and get our record played on John Peel. Amazingly John did play the record, and one thing led to another to get us to the point we’re at now. Its been an incredible journey making music together over the last quarter century, taking us to places we never dreamed of and getting to play our music to more people than we ever imagined. None of us ever envisaged either the band or the label being in a position where having a number one record would be a possibility.

As it stands our new album As The Love Continues is number one in the UK charts. It's something we’re amazed by. We’re taken aback by everyone’s support, kindness and generosity. It means so much to us and would be incredible if we could hold on to remain number one when the chart comes out on Friday. For that to happen we need everyone’s help by buying the record and streaming it as much as possible. We are so grateful for all the support we’ve received so far and with just a few more days of it we can do something pretty amazing.

If you've bought the album via Bandcamp but haven't yet downloaded, the UK charts will only register the sale once it's downloaded so if you can...it'd be appreciated.

Cheers!
Stuart
Mogwai

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 25 February 2021 17:48 (one week ago) link

They just tweeted Ricky Gervais asking to plug their album then deleted it

PaulTMA, Thursday, 25 February 2021 17:54 (one week ago) link

I still don't know why more people weren't talking about ZeroZeroZero, an international drug trafficking drama on Amazon Prime that was so great, but anyway Mogwai did the soundtrack and it works really well in the show

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Thursday, 25 February 2021 17:57 (one week ago) link

Limmy has given them a plug! And he doesn't plug just anyone

imago, Thursday, 25 February 2021 18:00 (one week ago) link

As it stands our new album As The Love Continues is number one in the UK charts.

holy shit.
hope they pull it off!

Adoration of the Mogwai (Deflatormouse), Thursday, 25 February 2021 18:18 (one week ago) link

been loving the full on twitter party re this.
if it happens then the poor buggers cant even go to the pub and celebrate.

mark e, Thursday, 25 February 2021 18:23 (one week ago) link

Never had them down as a band who’d beg people to buy their album to get a number 1 but fair fuck’s to them if they pull it off

PaulTMA, Friday, 26 February 2021 15:35 (one week ago) link

I would not have expected it either, but then I also never would have imagined they'd even have a shot! So good on them, really.

soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Friday, 26 February 2021 15:37 (one week ago) link

Next step, Christmas #1

Why are post-rock bands so...inconsistent with their volume levels? Mogwai plays Atomic was polite where it should have howled, while GYBE's last tour was simply deafening

theo, Friday, 26 February 2021 16:15 (one week ago) link

Great success

“It’s been an incredible journey...” Mogwai (@mogwaiband) score their first Number 1 on the Official Albums Chart with As The Love Continues ❤️ https://t.co/xwNrF1Agwv

— Official Charts (@officialcharts) February 26, 2021

Ned Raggett, Friday, 26 February 2021 17:06 (one week ago) link

ah that's nice for them

himpathy with the devil (jim in vancouver), Friday, 26 February 2021 18:49 (one week ago) link

BOOM. Stuart was just on Scottish TV news talking about it. I had a wee lump in my throat.

stirmonster, Friday, 26 February 2021 19:09 (one week ago) link

Never had them down as a band who’d beg people to buy their album to get a number 1 but fair fuck’s to them if they pull it off

it must be pretty exciting to be in with a chance of having a no. 1. More power to them i say.

stirmonster, Friday, 26 February 2021 19:10 (one week ago) link

i don't keep up with them that much these days but thinking back to 20 odd years ago when it was so cool to me that barry burns' girlfriend's gran lived in my street, stuart had went to my high school, and that my pop punk band "the dirty lovers" (that never played a gig) practiced at the same place where they had recorded young team it does really warm the heart to see them achieve this milestone

himpathy with the devil (jim in vancouver), Friday, 26 February 2021 19:15 (one week ago) link

Mogwai (@mogwaiband) score their first Number 1 on the Official Albums Chart

awesome

Never had them down as a band who’d beg people to buy their album to get a number 1

they can totally pull it off because it's such an unlikely #1, it's a shared victory

Mogwai plays Atomic was polite where it should have howled, while GYBE's last tour was simply deafening

Precisely the inverse of the Sept 99 gigs lol. "Polite where it should have howled" describes that GYBE set perfectly.

i don't keep up with them that much these days

I've heard all of 2 tracks they've done since Rock Action tbh

They were one of my favorite bands in 97-98, CODY was a bit disappointing. YT sounds amazing, hiring Dave Fridmann to make a Steve Albini record was a misstep imo.

Adoration of the Mogwai (Deflatormouse), Friday, 26 February 2021 21:38 (one week ago) link

rock action is my favorite mogwai album lol, all killer no filler

stimmy stimmy yah (Simon H.), Friday, 26 February 2021 21:40 (one week ago) link

i liked ex-cowboy but it feels unfinished structurally or something. my favorite pieces of theirs were things like Summer and Katrien where Dominic leads

I liked the track with Gruff Rhys the most on Rock Action, SFA were my other fave then

Adoration of the Mogwai (Deflatormouse), Friday, 26 February 2021 21:44 (one week ago) link

"barry burns' girlfriend's gran lived in my street"

can I get your autograph pls

StanM, Friday, 26 February 2021 23:04 (one week ago) link

onya fellas

listened to a few songs off the album, file under enjoyable

Pre-Raphaelite Brah (King Boy Pato), Saturday, 27 February 2021 04:22 (one week ago) link

I'm a big fan still and love the new album. Really pleased for them.

brain (krakow), Saturday, 27 February 2021 13:27 (one week ago) link


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