mogwai @ la riviera, madrid, spain
friend of the night
travel is dangerous
i know you are but what am i?
killing all the flies
hunted by a freak
ratts of the capital
mogwai fear satan
we're no here
two rights make one wrong
support from eugene kelly
i can safely say that, among those three mogwai gigs i've been to, yesterday's was the best (so far). maybe the fact that i got to watch the band play in front row has something to do with it. maybe it was the excellent sound (la riviera has a nasty bad-sounding-quality reputation). maybe it was because the crowd shut the fuck up for a change, replacing the same old unnerving chattering with respectful attention. i suppose everything adds up. but the real standout was, simply put, mogwai's proficiency.
as almost nothing can be perfect, i present the things i liked less as an anecdote: first, though still loud, mogwai are not as loud as they used to be in the past; second, mogwai shows still feel a bit too short; and third, as a personal note, i've never envisioned 2 rights make 1 wrong as a proper closer, no matter how noisy they play it. all in all, these are minor faults.
to summarize, it can be stated that mogwai put a terrific show last night, based on a quite good setlist, an effective light show, an excellent sound and a top-notch performance. from where i was standing, i could clearly discriminate all three guitars and bass, sometimes focusing my attention on a single axe, sometimes on all of them. i can say they nailed many songs, and they were on fire on 'ratts of the capital'.
a longer version of this review can be read here: http://www.patuquitos.net/html/plastic.htm