Rock on a Monday: Mogwai Hits The Stage at Summit Music Hall

Expectant fans packed out Monday evening for the Scottish Post-Rock band Mogwai’s performance at Summit Music Hall. The crowd then continued to hold an expectant and excited air as the band emerged onto the stage. Mogwai held the audience captive throughout their movement from slow melodic melodies to sharp Scottish-rock. Mogwai formed in 1995 and released their first album, Ten Rapid, 1999 as a 9-part compilation. Since then, Mogwai’s newest album was released in 2018, titled KIN, and is an instrument-centered, ambient progression of dark, soulful music that hints at some of their more rock-forward pieces from past albums. In addition, Mogwai’s history and influence in the Art Rock scene is very prominent. Consequently, it was present that night in their laid-back, confident stage presence. Mogwai has a strong international fan-base for many years as well. This was evident within the crowd that evening.

Rock on a Monday: Mogwai at Summit Music Hall

Summit Rocks Out

Mogwai consists of Stuart Braithwaite (guitar, vocals), Barry Burns (guitar, piano, synthesizer, vocals), Dominic Aitchison (bass guitar), and Martin Bulloch (drums). In addition, the band’s signature sound uses dynamic contrast of melodic bass and guitar lines with high distortion and blistering “axe” solos. The show’s set flowed from slow and soulful to the classic hard-rock. This particular sound is rooted in Glasgow’s rich music history.

Mogwai also rarely write lyrics into their pieces. In an interview with The Express, Stuart Braithwaite states: “I think most people are not used to having no lyrics to focus on. Lyrics are a real comfort to some people. I guess they like to sing along and when they can’t do that with us they can get a bit upset.” However, no one at Summit Music Hall that night noticed, and looking around the room it seemed that many looked entranced by the bands drawn-out instrumental compositions.

Photos By Summer S. Taylor

Lastly, Mogwai is continuing their tour through the United States with their next stops including Sacramento, Pasadena, and a performance at the well-known Oktoberfest in Brooklyn on Oct. 19th.

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