Date: Sunday, June 17, 2012
Start Time: 8:00 PM
Event Type: Concerts, Special Events
Last Updated: June 05, 2012
MogwaiAfter a very busy year 2011, playing nearly 125 shows including Montreal Olympia and releasing their new album Hardcore Will Never Die, Mogwai will be back in Montreal on June 17th.Mogwai are a band from Glasgow formed in 1995. They compose lengthy, mostly instrumental guitar-based pieces in the style of post-rock, usually focused around the elaboration of a single theme, and are known traditionally for their quiet/loud dynamic, defined bass riffs, and an eminent ambient sound, sometimes dark and sometimes grand. Although frequently referred to as post-rock, the band have revealed in interviews that they despise this categorization, insisting that their sound bears little resemblance to pioneers of the genre, such as Tortoise.The band were originally signed to renowned Glasgow indie label Chemikal Underground, but call a number of labels home, being distributed by different labels such as Matador in the United States and Play it again Sam Records in the United Kingdom. They have also developed their own label called Rock Action Records, named after guitarist Ron Asheton of The Stooges, who had his name changed to Rock Action.Mogwai are named after the creatures from the film Gremlins (the word itself is Cantonese for little-monster), although Braithwaite comments that it has no significant meaning and we always intended on getting a better one [name], but like a lot of other things we never got round to it..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. During 2004 the band were handed support slots on the tours of two of their heroes, the Pixies and The Cure. It has easily identifiable connections to genres like shoegaze, math rock, art rock, and occasionally instrumental metal. While Mogwais sound bears little resemblance to punk rock, the band seems to identify closely with the punk ethic.Mogwais influence on the indie rock scene can be heard in the work of Explosions In The Sky, Italians Giardini di Mir, Qatsi, and most other contemporary post-rock.The fifth Mogwai album, Mr. Beast, was released in March 2006 and returned to the heavier sounds of 1997s Mogwai Young Team. Mr. Beast saw Mogwai dropping most of their post-rock crescendoing with songs developing more like rock, with direct hooks and lyrics.
Address: 59 Ste Catherine East, Montreal
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