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Glasgow, United Kingdom (1995 – present)

Mogwai are a band from Glasgow formed in 1995. They compose lengthy, mostly instrumental guitar-based pieces in the style of , usually focused around the elaboration of a single theme, and are known traditionally for their quiet/loud dynamic, defined bass riffs, and an eminent ambient sound, sometimes dark and sometimes grand. Although frequently referred to as , the band have revealed in interviews that they despise this categorization, insisting that their sound bears little resemblance to pioneers of the genre, such as Tortoise.

The band were originally signed to renowned Glasgow indie label Chemikal Underground, but call a number of labels home, being distributed by different labels such as Matador in the United States and Play it again Sam Records in the United Kingdom. They have also developed their own label called Rock Action Records, named after guitarist Ron Asheton of The Stooges, who had his name changed to Rock Action.

Mogwai are named after the creatures from the film Gremlins (the word itself is Cantonese for ‘ghost’ or ‘hunter’ dependant on the semi or literal translation), although 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.”.

Their style has been influenced by such bands as The Cure, Joy Division, The Jesus & Mary Chain, Pixies, My Bloody Valentine, and post-rock granddaddies Slint.


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  • ArsonistSavior

    some fun, free songs for you!!! Some inspired by Mogwai!!!

    30 Jul 2:03am Reply
  • gabystarlight

    The CODY reissue sounds gorgeous. [2]

    29 Jul 5:10pm Reply
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  • benson_x

    It would have been even more gorgeous if they had remastered the original CODY tracks

    27 Jul 6:14am Reply
  • rtom87

    The CODY reissue sounds gorgeous.

    25 Jul 6:59pm Reply

    Am I the only one here who actually digs the new album?!

    23 Jul 10:48pm Reply
  • AndruwaVanguard

    Best track = Glasgow Mega-Snake [2]

    20 Jul 11:48am Reply
  • uhohspagettio

    les revenants <3

    19 Jul 2:18pm Reply
  • ironarmatom

    cody re-ish-hugh jass leek'd

    19 Jul 12:28pm Reply
  • appleturd

    Best track = Glasgow Mega-Snake. Everything else is just retarded fluff.

    2 Jul 6:05pm Reply

    Thanks god they brought B&W main pic back.

    2 Jul 12:23pm Reply
  • Deadstar7

    haha, @metallica fanboys

    30 Jun 7:54pm Reply
  • MilitaryTwoStep

    so disappointed with rave tapes. first time i've heard a mogwai album and not felt at bare minimum some emotional presence. most sterile and lifeless album i've heard by them. didn't like the stylistic direction of les revenants but it felt sincere and decently done. this is just a most dismal set of ideas stapled together haphazardly. i dont think they tried at all. never thought id be so put off by an album from mogwai of all bands.

    29 Jun 12:18am Reply
  • caveinternetum

    "I think it's since Post-Rock is a sub-genre of Indie rock, but I'm not sure." i must have missed the memo on this [2]

    26 Jun 7:53pm Reply
  • benson_x

    july 21st D:

    24 Jun 9:26am Reply
  • alluptome

    Can't wait for the reissue of Come On Die Young..!

    20 Jun 6:14pm Reply
  • benson_x

    *insert laughing emotive*

    14 Jun 1:31pm Reply
  • sabrage

    benson_x left a shout somewhere, but it’s since been deleted.

    13 Jun 4:37pm Reply
  • benson_x

    oh the hilarity

    13 Jun 9:43am Reply
  • sabrage

    Also I didn't think it was possible for Windows to withstand the strain of 8 separate instances of iTuens. You must have a beastly rig.

    12 Jun 6:32pm Reply
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