Mogwai Young Team (also known as Young Team) is the debut studio album by Scottish post-rock band Mogwai. Mogwai Young Team was recorded in Summer 1997 at MCM Studios (now known as Gargleblast Studios) in Hamilton, Scotland, and was produced by Paul Savage and Andy Miller. It is largely instrumental, with one notable exception ("R U Still in 2 It", which features vocals from Aidan Moffat of Arab Strap), although many songs feature recordings of various individuals speaking, whether over the phone ("Tracy"), reading ("Yes! I Am a Long Way from Home"), or just rambling ("Katrien"). It features limited instrumentation, consisting mainly of guitar, bass and drums, although other instruments can sometimes be heard throughout the album, such as glockenspiel ("Tracy"), piano ("Radar Maker", "With Portfolio", "A Cheery Wave from Stranded Youngsters") and flute ("Mogwai Fear Satan"). The band had only written three of the songs before they entered the studio. Read more on Last.fm.
Ten Rapid is a compilation album by the Instrumental rock band, Mogwai. It was released April 17th 1997. The album consists of 9 tracks, which the band recorded throughout the first couple of years of being together, (1996 - 1997). "Tuner" is a re-recorded version of the band's March 1996 debut double A-sided single (from which "Lower" does not appear), released on Rock Action. "Angels vs Aliens" is a re-recorded version of the July 1996 split single with Dweeb, released on Ché Trading. "A Place for Parks" was given away free to attendees of the Camden Crawl II show in Camden, North London, England on 19 September 1996, on a compilation CD entitled The Camden Crawl II, released on Love Train. "I Am Not Batman" was given away free to attendees of the Ten Day Weekend Festival in Glasgow, Scotland in October 1996, on a compilation cassette entitled Hoover Your Head: Ten Day Weekend, released on Sano Music. "Summer" and "Ithica 27ϕ9" were released as a double A-sided single in November 1996 on Love Train. "Helicon 1" and "Helicon 2" were released as a double A-sided single in February 1997 on Wurlitzer Jukebox. "End" is "Helicon 2", played backwards. The cover art of Ten Rapid was designed by Victoria Braithwaite. The CD artwork depicts portions of the famous Trent/McMinnville U.F.O. photographs from 1950. Read more on Last.fm.
Come on Die Young (also known as CODY), is the second full-length studio album by the Scottish Instrumental rock band Mogwai, released on 29 March 1999 by Chemikal Underground. It is somewhat different from the rest of Mogwai's work because of its reserved tone. The album's second track, "Cody" is much more like a traditional pop song than most of the band's repertoire. Still slow and meandering, it features an uncharacteristically distinct melody, slide guitar and relatively prominent vocals. Much of Come on Die Young consists of slow, quiet, drum-driven tracks containing tense, feedback-laden crescendos and occasionally ambient textures. Near the end of the album, the bombastic "Christmas Steps" breaks away from this quiet tension and displays a return to Mogwai's more well-known distortion-heavy dynamics. It received a somewhat muted reception when compared to Mogwai Young Team. Stephen Thomas Erlewine, writing for Allmusic, wrote: “ Perhaps Come on Die Young wouldn't have seemed as disappointing if it hadn't arrived on the wave of hype and expectation, but the truth is, it pales in comparison to their own work. " Read more on Last.fm.
Rock Action is the third full-length studio album by Scottish post-rock band Mogwai. Rock Action brought with it some changes to Mogwai's sound that they would continue to develop later, including the use of electronic instruments. While song structures on this album are typical of the band in most cases and respects, some of the contrasting dynamics have been toned down slightly and many of the songs focus more on texture than on structure. For the first time, Mogwai utilised synthesizers, expanding their timbral palette. The single "Dial: Revenge" fills much the same role that "Cody" did on Come on Die Young, featuring Welsh vocals from Gruff Rhys of Super Furry Animals;. When the inside cover is unfolded, part of the logo for Mwng, an album by Super Furry Animals released the previous year, can be seen. Gruff Rhys has said of the song title "I think (Mogwai) were into me writing in Welsh, because they're an instrumental band and they wanted a singer who would be just sounds for most people. Back then, people were still using payphones. When you take a payphone off the hook, on the LCD screen it flashes 'DIAL'. But in Welsh, dial – pronounced 'dee-al' – means revenge. It puts you in a weird place when you're making a phone call. So the song was about that.". The tone of Rock Action is somewhat less dark than previous works, but maintains Mogwai's cryptic cynicism. The album's title comes from Iggy Pop's nickname for his Stooges bandmate, Scott Asheton. Pop had at times referred to him as "Rock" Asheton, or "Rock Action". He later changed his name to this nickname. The album was produced by Dave Fridmann of Mercury Rev in New York. Read more on Last.fm.
EP+6 brings together all three of Mogwai's previous EPs: 1997's 4 Satin, 1998's No Education = No Future (Fuck the Curfew), and 1999's Mogwai EP, in a Remastered and Enhanced CD, featuring the music video for "Stanley Kubrick". The Japanese version also included a music video for "Xmas Steps", whilst the UK version included a Screensaver, images of Mogwai, and reviews. The cover of EP+6 is similar to the cover of Mogwai EP, as they both feature the same image, a movie still entitled "Watertower" by Scottish photographer Neale Smith, of a Water tower in East Kilbride, South Lanarkshire, Scotland. Read more on Last.fm.
The sticker on the disc is intriguing enough, calling it a "companion to their recent Rock Action album" and "two parts serenity and one part death metal." My Father My King is a single track of the same name that lasts over 20 minutes. Though the inlay card features the Jewish Rosh Hashanah hymnal from which the melody originated, it is an instrumental. The meat is somewhat similar to the band Earth's sludgy, monotone feedback or Caspar Brötzmann Massaker sans singing, with a nicely noisy production job from a man accustomed to such things, Steve Albini, bookended with relative tranquility. Call it mood music for mood swings and unlike anything the Scottish troupe has endeavored, but it still retains the experimental, arty flair Mogwai is identified with. Read more on Last.fm.
Happy Songs for Happy People is the fourth full-length studio album by Mogwai. It represents a further evolution of Mogwai's toned down, more electronic sound: all songs are based on electric guitars and live drums, but synthesizers are used frequently and often take the main stage on this album, with strings and piano also making the occasional appearance. The songs on the album are subdued, with the only exceptions being the towering "Ratts of the Capital," and the closer "Stop Coming to My House". Mogwai's usual vocalist Stuart Braithwaite does not sing on this album at all. Barry Burns ("Hunted by a Freak", "Killing All the Flies") and John Cummings ("Boring Machines Disturbs Sleep") accept vocal duties, however nearly all the vocals are heavily processed and incomprehensible. The CD also contains a demo version of Cubase and the individual tracks for each instrument in "Hunted by a Freak" allowing remixing and reconstructing of the song. Read more on Last.fm.
Mr. Beast is the fifth full-length studio album by the Scottish post-rock group Mogwai. The album's title stemmed from an incident where Barry Burns and Dominic Aitchison landed in Florida to start a tour with The Cure in 2005, when they saw a taxi driver standing outside the airport holding a sign that said "Mr. and Mrs. Beast" which, after a 10-hour flight, was "funnier than life itself". Read more on Last.fm.
The Hawk Is Howling is the sixth studio album by Mogwai released on September 22, 2008. It was recorded and produced by Andy Miller at Chem19 Studios (Hamilton, Scotland) and mixed by Garth Jones at Castle of Doom Studios (Glasgow, Scotland) between September 2007—March 2008. It contains all the extremity and dynamics fans have come to know of the band, but with a more curious array of rhythms and melodies, hinting a bit more than previous records at both their electronic and metal influences. Additionally, with only two songs under the five-minute mark, this is maybe their most "cinematic"-sounding record to date. This album marks the first release by Mogwai to be completely instrumental. In an interview with Scottish magazine The Skinny, Barry Burns explained: “It’s only if we have a song that doesn’t sound as if it’s finished that we’ll try and put samples, singing or spoken stuff over it. We just didn’t feel like it needed it this time. We’ve always been thought of as an instrumental band, and now, after ten years, we’ve finally delivered,” Read more on Last.fm.
Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will. is the seventh studio album by Scottish post-rock band Mogwai, released in the UK and Europe on 14 February 2011 by Rock Action Records, and in the US on 15 February 2011 by Sub Pop. The album's cover art is a photo of New York City as seen from the Hudson River. The inspiration for the closing track's title, "You're Lionel Richie", comes from what a hungover Stuart Braithwaite said when he ran into the singer at an airport. Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will. received mostly positive reviews from critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalised rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 77, based on 34 reviews, which indicates "generally favorable reviews".
Earth Division is the tenth EP by Scottish post-rock band Mogwai. It was released on 12 September 2011 through Rock Action Records, and a day later in the USA on Sub Pop. The album could not be released for pre-order, as the entire stocks of the CD were destroyed when the distribution centre for PIAS Entertainment Group was destroyed by fire during the 2011 London riots. The four tracks were recorded during the same sessions as those that produced the band's 2011 album Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will. Read more on Last.fm.
Released to coincide with the final episode of French TV thriller 'Les Revenants', Mogwai issue the first EP from their "calmly unsettling" soundtrack to the Canal+ series. We're not familiar with the show but it's producers or synch advisors evidently have top taste when it comes to moody post rock. The group rein in their heavier tendencies for the most, expending all their serious looks and towering riffage in the opening 'Wizard Motor' before trying out more subtle ideas in the tense serenity of 'Soup' or coming across like a Gallic Bohren and Der Club Of Gore on 'The Huts', whilst 'This Messiah Needs Watching' captures them at their most succinctly sublime. Read more on Last.fm.