bright light ! gigs

mogwai @ 'curiosa', merriweather post pavilion
columbia, md, usa


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    thanks to jared bish.

    david jack replaced john cummings due to illness.

    festival info

    'curiosa' touring festival, put together by the cure

    stage 1 - the cure / interpol / the rapture / mogwai
    stage 2 -muse / auf der maur / the cooper temple clause / head automatica

    merriweather post pavilion (capacity 15,000)


    from jared bish:

    as always, i was quite excited for the mogwai set. they are now one of my favorites. i was sporting one of my mogwai t-shirt so they could see they had at least one fan right up front. the performance was great and played several songs i was really hoping to hear. but when they started i was a little surprised by something. one of the "techies" that usually sets up the instruments and tunes them before the show, david jack, strapped on the guitar and was playing in place of john. apparently john was sick and david was filling in for him. the set was still very tight and musically couldn't tell that anything was out of place.

    the highlight had to be right after the set ended in their usual attack of guitar feedback. the other "techie", had walked to the edge of the stage and handed me their setlist. i was very excited. i didn't even ask for it....and he just came over to give it to me. i was also given a pick that was used during the set. very exciting! the day had just begun and i already acquired two souvenirs :)

    from paul neruda:

    exhilarating and intoxicating come to mind. mogwai acclimatised people for what they were about to experience; they were the soundcheck for the senses, if you will. mogwai did what wine does during dinner--purified the senses before that next morsel. with their serene and wintry sound, they immediately disconnected you from reality. their music was simply beautiful. although it was faint, it was far from negligible. in the curiosa program, robert smith puts it quite eloquently and accurately: "some of their stuff is so delicate and subtle, it's not there; other stuff is so huge it's almost unbearable."

    from jared carter:

    mogwai: the best non-singing band i've ever seen. very captivating, with their transitions from mellow, melodic moments to absolutely crushing heavy ones. great stuff.

    photos - scroll down to the middle for the mogwai photos.