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Mogwai Newcastle Tyne Theatre 22nd January 2014

Mogwai Newcastle Tyne Theatre 22nd January 2014
Support from Aidan MoffatmogwaiIts a long time since I’ve been to see a band who I’m not familiar with at all. Thanks to David’s friend Dan, for giving Laura the chance to see Mogwai last night. I really didn’t know what to expect from this band; I’d heard of them, but to my shame I can’t pretend to know any of their material. The Tyne Theatre was packed, and I can see why. Mogwai’s music is powerful, intense, a little dark, very loud at times and just fascinating. They are a five piece from Glasgow who play largely instrumental pieces; I think I counted two songs with vocals. They are celebrating the launch of their new album, ‘Rave Tapes’ and last night was a special warm up gig for a tour, which includes two sold-out concerts at the Royal Festival Hall later this week. Their songs are lengthy and guitar-based pieces; on several of them there were four of them all playing guitar at the same time. Lots of strong, simple, repetitive, mathematical, patterned rhythms. Loads of distortion, dynamics, fuzz and reverb; quite difficult to categorise. I thought I heard shades of Pink Floyd, Joy Division, Kraftwerk, and even Hawkwind. Laura was reminded of Nirvana. Great stuff.
Setlist: Heard About You Last Night; Rano Pano; Master Card; I’m Jim Morrison, I’m Dead; Travel Is Dangerous; The Lord Is Out of Control; Friend of the Night; Ithica 27ΓΈ9; Ex-Cowboy; Blues Hour; How to Be a Werewolf; Remurdered. Encore: Deesh; Mexican Grand Prix; Batcat
Mogwai are Dominic Aitchison (bass), Stuart Braithwaite (guitar, vocals), Martin Bulloch (drums), Barry Burns (keyboard, computer, guitar) and John Cummings (guitar, computer).