As far as instrumental rock is concerned, Scotland’s Mogwai have always been in the upper echelon. The band’s continuing stylistic evolution helps them distance themselves from your average post-rock categorized band. Album after album, Mogwai add something new to their musical repertoire and create a full length that is alien and familiar at the same time. 2011′s Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will represented yet another new chapter for the band. Compared to 2008′s The Hawk is Howling, the instrumentation was more on the subdued side, but without sacrificing any of the band’s lavish songwriting. The bursts of heavy guitar mastery were replaced, for the most part, by bright selections of melody and driving, alternative rock rhythms. It was a little different but something you would expect to hear Mogwai do. With this year’s Rave Tapes, the band takes a step in a slightly new direction. Forget what you heard on Hardcore Will Never Die, because Rave Tapes is a new animal all together.
Scotland’s masters of instrumental rock, Mogwai, will release their new album Rave Tapes next week on January 20th. But do you really want to wait that long? Hell no. Luckily The Guardian are providing an exclusive advanced streaming of the new album. Go forth and listen to these ten new tracks of awesomeness. Now!
Noisey have premiered the new music video for Mogwai’s electronic centered track “The Lord is Out of Control”. The song will be featured on the band’s upcoming album Rave Tapes, along with “Remurdered”, which is out on January 21st. The video, directed by Antony Cook, is very odd but beautifully shot. You can check it out after the break.
Mogwai will be embarking on a new North American tour during April and May of next year in support of their forthcoming album, Rave Tapes, which is due out on January 20th. I am excited beyond belief, are you? You can check out the full schedule after the break and listen to their new song “Remurdered” here.
Above is the artwork for Mogwai’s forthcoming eighth studio album Rave Tapes, which will see a release on January 20th, 2014. The new album will sport ten new tracks of instrumental rock awesomeness. Mogwai released the first single from the upcoming effort earlier today, entitled “Remurdered”, which can be streamed below. It’s a slow burner, electronic centered track that reminds a little bit of Maserati’s work. You can check out the track below and download it for free here. You can also find the album’s track listing below as well.
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The Scottish instrumental rock outfit Mogwai have revealed that they have entered the studio to record their next full length record and follow up to 2011′s Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will. No other information has been released yet but I am already excited. Check back often for updates!
By Lane Oliver
It’s always somewhat of a mixed blessing when you start getting into a band only to find out that they are no longer active; especially when that band is as good as this one. I am referring to a band I literally got into just yesterday, Teith. Teith were an experimental and instrumental rock band whose roster notably includes Trevor de Brauw of Pelican. The band posthumously released their first and last full length record, Humboldt Park, yesterday and after jamming it a couple of times the anxious desire to hear more crept up inside me. Teith were onto something very promising with their unique sound and Humboldt Park can attest to that.
Mogwai will be releasing their score to the new French zombie centered television series, Les Revenants (loosely adapted from the 2004 film of the same name), on February 25th. The group have released a teaser EP of the soundtrack that features four tracks from the full release and can be purchased digitally on iTunes. For those who are interested in a physical release, a 10″ vinyl (limited to 2,000 copies) will be released on January 28th. Below are the track listings to both the EP and the full soundtrack below as well as a stream of each song from the aforementioned EP.
The official list of special releases for Record Store Day’s annual “Black Friday” event (November 23rd) have been announced. Some highlights from the list include a special clear green 10″ vinyl edition of Primus’ Green Naugahyde, Tomahawk’s “Stone Letter” 7″, Mogwai’s remix album A Wrenched Vile Lore, 12″ vinyl of the Reservoir Dogs soundtrack and a hell of a lot more. Check out the list and save up!
Back in August I posted about Deafheaven planning to cover post-rock kings Mogwai on their upcoming 12″ split with Boss-de-Nage. Well now Pitchfork has the exclusive stream of their cover of “Punk Rock/Cody”, the first two tracks from Mogwai’s classic 1999 album, Come on Die Young. The cover versions of these tracks are faithful to the original while adding some of Deafheaven’s black metal tinges to the mix. Including black metal screams! I think they did a damn good job and Mogwai would be proud of their rendition of these classic tracks. If you are interested, you can pre-order the split at The Flesner’s webstore.
You may or may not recall me mentioning that Mogwai would be releasing a remix album containing re-imagined versions of songs from their album Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will. The remix album, A Wretched Virile Lore, will see a release on limited edition vinyl on November 23rd while CD and digital versions on December 4th. The outing will containing the following track list:
01 Justin K. Broadrick: “George Square Thatcher Death Party”
02 Klad Hest: “Rano Pano”
03 Cyclob: “White Noise”
04 Xander Harris: “How to Be a Werewolf”
05 Zombi: “Letters to the Metro”
06 RM Hubbert: “Mexican Grand Prix”
07 Tim Hecker: “Rano Pano”
08 The Soft Moon: “San Pedro”
09 Umberto: “Too Raging to Cheers”
10 Robert Hampson: “La Mort Blanche”
Below you can hear the first track from the record. It is Justin Broadrick’s industrial remix of “George Square Thatcher Death Party”. Check it out below, download it and pre-order the record at this location.
Black metal act Deafheaven announced that they will be covering the first two tracks (as one continuous track) from Mogwai’s album Come On Die Young, “Punk Rock” and “Cody”, for their upcoming split with Bosse De Nage. I am really stoked to hear Deafheaven’s rendition of these classic Mogwai tunes. The split should be out later this year on Flesner Records. Listen to the originals below and check out “Tunnel of Trees” by Deafheaven.
Mogwai are putting together a remix album comprised of songs from their Hardcore Will Never Die But You Will album. This is what the band had to unveil on the offering: