bright light ! gigs

mogwai @ laiterie, strasbourg, france 02/06/03


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  • kids will be skeletons
  • you don't know jesus
  • hunted by a freak
  • mogwai fear satan
  • killing all the flies
  • ithica
  • helicon 2
  • xmas steps
  • stop coming to my house
  • helicon 1
  • ratts of the capital


  • i know you are...
  • my father my king

    thanks to yannick piercy.

    support from the james orr complex.


    thanks to guilliame plas.


    from kennymcd:

    what an unbelievable gig. those of us who live outside the uk are truly fortunate to see mogwai in such small venues and this gig is in my all-time top ten.

    expectations were initially low: i’d only decided on the day to drive up from switzerland because i knew the venue was excellent (delgados in february) and i wanted to give the new car a good run in. wandering round the bar, stuart looked like a pimp. james orr hadn’t impressed. i was feeling shit having worked a full day, and the only other time i had seen mogwai (at chemikal underground’s 5th birthday party) they had been nothing other than “alright”. how this was to change over the next 90 minutes or so…..

    hats off to the french who, unlike at the delgados (which was a friday night during term time), were out in force. whatever mogwai played (cheers to whoever supplied the setlist) was awesome. the noise was incredible, despite some french law which made pa cut-off at 110db according to stuart. but it wasn’t just ‘noise’ as some of the media disparagingly claim. no, everything was awesome.

    the ultimate highlight has got to be 'xmas steps'. first, it’s a very good song and has a very cool video. second, other than the clash’s capitol radio, it’s the only track where the re-recording sounds better than the original. but any of you reading this who thinks they can understand the true intensity of 'xmas steps', you truly need to see a live performance in a suitable venue. (i was later at the aircraft hanger which masquerades as manchester academy and although the band hopefully will have made some cash from that evening, sadly the experience wasn’t the same). perfect sound, incredible drumming, many songs with three guitars; fucking amazing.

    even the absence of the sublime 'summer' didn’t detract from an unbelievable performance. roll on luxembourg in january ’04.


    this photo was sent in by elena.