Mogwai played an enjoyably noisy show at Northumbria
University this week. The Glasgow band played a career-spanning set, ranging
from early pieces such as ‘Ithica 27/9’ and ‘Mogwai Fear Satan’ to new album
tracks such as ‘Party in the Dark’ and ‘Every Country’s Sun’.
Mogwai have now been around for over twenty years, and even
if some of the newer tracks (such as slightly pedestrian opener ‘Crossing the
Road Material’) are somewhat eclipsed by the earlier ones, they still know how
to structure an entertaining live show.
Moody mid-period pieces such as ‘I’m Jim Morrison’ and ‘Rano
Pano’ stood up well, and helped to bridge the gap between the slow-building
majesty of ‘Helicon 1’ and the more immediate new material.
After a very brief break, 2003’s ‘I Know You Are…’ proved an
effectively subtle lead-up to the noise immolation of ‘We’re No Here’. And then
they were gone in a cloud of dry ice, leaving the audience to stumble out with
the feedback still ringing in their ears.