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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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  • benson_x

    The extra tracks from Japan and the Vinyl ones are fantastic

    9 Apr 4:43pm Reply
  • DawnBearer

    Listening to Rave Tapes on cassette, I really do believe now that this is how the album should be heard. It's just soo awesome!

    5 Apr 10:32am Reply
  • deadtarget

    Все ее хвалят, а мне совсем не нравится

    5 Apr 1:59am Reply
  • francisbrands

    3 Apr 11:59pm Reply
  • liberdon

    In Milan you were unforgettable. Thanks for the epic live show.

    3 Apr 12:12pm Reply
  • awesomestrikes

    Thank you for Karlsruhe, it was fucking epic. Each every song. Ever. I'll never forget this day..

    2 Apr 8:48pm Reply
  • WS9167

    Daft Punk with delay [2]

    31 Mar 4:47pm Reply
  • MrDespair_

    >Дафт панк с дилеем. ШТААААА? [5] Иди лесом, чувак, больше не проходи мимо.

    31 Mar 3:06am Reply
  • Herrshumaher

    >Дафт панк с дилеем. ШТААААА? [4]

    27 Mar 2:43pm Reply
  • shchepansky

    love it. Totally

    25 Mar 12:42pm Reply
  • AndruwaVanguard

    >Дафт панк с дилеем. ШТААААА? [3]

    24 Mar 2:10pm Reply
  • ShuriK_Minsk

    >Дафт панк с дилеем. ШТААААА? [2]

    23 Mar 8:10am Reply
  • rorberyllium

    Anyone know where I can find the John Peel session where they played Nick Drake?

    23 Mar 3:43am Reply
  • rorberyllium

    Wish it was May already so I could hear them play live and buy a black t-shirt with the band name on it.

    23 Mar 3:23am Reply
  • Zaqq_the

    >Дафт панк с дилеем. ШТААААА?

    22 Mar 4:49pm Reply
  • SiMonvmentvm

    I think that blues hour + no medicine for regret are the best songs on the new album. but I don't know anything about anything.

    21 Mar 9:55pm Reply
  • sadandboring

    Дафт панк с дилеем.

    21 Mar 6:29pm Reply
  • sadandboring

    Сколько бы не заставлял себя слушать ни одна дорожка не зацепила. Брянькающая хуета. Альбом 2011 года вообще пиздец. Мимокрокодил.

    21 Mar 6:22pm Reply
  • uhohspagettio

    les revenants <3

    14 Mar 11:05pm Reply
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