Scene Magazine cover story: Mogwai, 2011

An interview for Scene Magazine with Scottish post-rockers, Mogwai, about their new album and an impending visit to Australia. Click on the scanned image for a closer look, or read the article excerpt underneath.

For Mogwai, the definitions have changed over the years. These Scots were once known for their power and a cerebral approach to the gentle art of making music.

But a host of copycats have chipped away at the distinctive nature of the band’s output. Now, the word that comes to mind is ‘consistency’: it speaks to Mogwai’s capacity to maintain an intimidating level of creativity throughout their 15 years in existence and see off the lazy imitators.

A high level of consistency brings its own set of challenges, however, and with each album release you can almost feel the expectation: this is the one where Mogwai drop the ball; this is the moment where they perhaps drift into irrelevance. It’s something the band themselves feel acutely.

“Yes, I think we do,” says guitarist and vocalist Stuart Braithwaite. “I’m really proud that we’ve never really fucked up and I’d like that to continue. When we make a record our only goal is to write and record as good a collection of songs as possible, and how they turn out tends to happen almost by accident.”

Mogwai’s latest album is the gloriously named, ‘Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will’, and as far as critical opinion is concerned it sees the band holding their collective nerve. Braithwaite too is pleased with the outcome of the sessions.

“I’m totally happy with it to be honest. It has a really complete feel, which I’m really proud of.”

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