amazing show last night in singapore. it was my first mogwai gig, so i have no reference point for songs/versions--but i was totally blown away. particular standout performances for me were "summer" and "mogwai fear satan." i had to convince my wife to let me fly back early from a holiday in new zealand to be back for the show--thank the heavens above i did! the show in two words: fucking brilliant!!
absolutely amazing show, despite the fact that the crowd remained seated throughout, rest assured i was busy headbanging away in my posh armchair (just a row away from the front!). the performance (of the band) was spot on, the sound wasn’t incredibly loud to warrant using the free earplugs given by the staff but sufficiently deafening, especially the heavy part of fear satan (after 'that' quiet bit) and the entire mammoth of a 'we’re no here'. the band seemed to be in a really good mood, stuart even claimed he wanted to "unleash his beast" in the singapore zoo. no ithica or jesus or mfmk, but the inclusion of summer and xmas steps made up for it big time. summer was just note perfect, vintage mogwai. glasgow mega snake received the loudest cheer from the crowd and a snarling performance of it followed, what a killer of a tune man! the gig ended in signature mogwai-style with (can't remember how long, reckon it was 5-10mins) loads of defeaning feedback, john cummings attempting to rip off the strings of his strat (which he later confessed was borrowed in time for the gig haha), barry burns trying out some dodgy techno amidst the sonic assault. the biggest highlight for me was being able to get a copy of the setlist and get the mogwai boys to autograph it. it was really great having them chat to members of the audience after the gig, definitely something not every band would go to the extent of doing. stuart and barry seemed amused by the batman shirt i was wearing (which of course i wore on purpose). looking forward to seeing mogwai at royal albert hall and manchester academy later in the year.
photos by isaac:
photos by imran kassim.