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Mogwai Will Fill Terminal 5 with Atmospheric Instrumental Rock

May 7th, 2014

The Glasgow post-rockers Mogwai formed in 1995 when three friends, Stuart Braithwaite (vocals and guitar), Dominic Aitchison (guitar) and Martin Bulloch (drums), decided to make music together. With the later addition of Barry Burns (bass, keys and vocals) and John Cummings (guitar), the group became a five-piece trafficking in serious guitar rock, although that guitar rock has also gone through changes. Per Rolling Stone: “Few ’90s rock bands were better prepared than Mogwai for the movie-trilogy blocks of music allowed by the iPod. Over the past 18 years, the Scottish outfit moved from making bombastic explosions in the sky to crafting widescreen soundtracks to goin’ down the road feeling bad.” But on this year’s Rave Tapes (stream it below)—the five-piece’s eighth studio release—things haven’t changed too much. According to Paste, “Mogwai’s nuanced focus is largely dependent upon the illusion of synthetic expansion rather than their trademarked barebones guitar-band meandering on Rave Tapes. Though that electronic dabbling may lurk in and out of the lion’s share of these songs, it’s not as if the band has hung up their spacey, drone-y roots.” Mogwai (above, performing “How to be a Werewolf”) are currently working their way up the East Coast in support of their new album. See them play Terminal 5 on Friday night. The space-rock Majeure opens the show.