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New Mogwai album

Post-rock quintet plan extensive touring on self-released sixth

  • 28/09/2009
  • Georgie Rogers
Stuart Braithwaite from Mogwai

Mogwai have been a pretty rare fixture on the live scene this year, playing only one UK festival date.

But guitarist and vocalist Stuart Braithwaite says while they scaled back on the amount of shows for their last record, 2008’s The Hawk Is Howling, they plan to go all out next time around.

"When we do a new record we’ll probably come and play everywhere for a change," he said.

The Scottish quintet performed at Bristol's Colston Hall on Saturday (26 Sept) for an event curated by Portishead's Geoff Barrow.

The post-rockers are preparing to start work on their next album, which will be released on their Rock Action record label for the first time.

"We'll get together and laugh at how bad everybody's attempts at making music are."

Stuart Braithwaite

They’ve already been putting out records by bands like Errors and Part Chimp on the label.

As they plan to self-release it, the onus will be on the band members to get it out there.

"I think that our attitudes to activities around the record coming out might change a bit because we’ll be really thinking, 'We need to push this'.

"Rather than sitting around asking, 'What are the label doing to sell our records?' It will have to be, 'What have we got to do to sell our record?'" said Braithwaite.

As for album progress, they are currently at the demo stages, but it’s to be full steam ahead from the start of 2010.

"We’ve earmarked all of next year for doing it," explained the frontman. "I think that everyone’s trying out things at home and probably early next year, we’ll get together and laugh at how bad everybody’s attempts at making music are."

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