Guess this leaked 12/9 and is all over the 'blogsphere,' but here are a few cuts nonetheless....
Mogwai is a Scottish post-rock band formed in 1995 that has become one of the most influential and best known post-rock bands. They compose lengthy instrumental guitar-based pieces in the post-rock tradition, usually focused around the elaboration of a single theme. The band were originally signed to renowned Glasgow Indie label Chemikal Underground. 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. While Mogwai's sound bears little resemblance to punk rock, the band seem to identify closely with the punk ethic. Their self-run UK label Rock Action Records is named after Stooges drummer Scott Ashton, who had his name changed to Rock Action. Furthermore, "Punk Rock", the opening track on Mogwai's 1999 Come On Die Young, prominently features an extended sample from a 1977 interview with punk rocker Iggy Pop.
During 2004 the band were handed support slots on the tours of two of their heroes, the Pixies and The Cure. Mogwai's influence on the indie rock scene can be heard in the work of Explosions in the Sky and Italians Giardini di Miro. They are signed to Matador Records in the US but run their own label, Rock Action Records for their UK releases.
Mogwai are named after the creatures from the film Gremlins, 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." .
The next Mogwai album is due in March 2006, it is titled Mr. Beast and apparently is a return to the heavier sounds of 1997's [Mogwai Young Team].
Album comes out in March, get a taste now. This album f'n rocks.
[MP3]Mogwai - Acid Food
[MP3] Mogwai - Friend of the Night
[MP3]Mogwai - Folk Death 95
[Full Album RAR via RedLightGlow.com]Mogwai - Mr. Beast
Tune in tomorrow for some tracks off the upcoming Islands album!