bright light ! gigs

mogwai @ barrowlands, glasgow, uk 08/11/2001


  • sinewave
  • mogwai fear satan
  • you don't know jesus
  • cody
  • yes! i am a long way from home
  • helicon 1
  • ithica 27o9
  • secret pint
  • 2 rights make 1 wrong


  • my father my king

    thanks to neil j. comfort and marceline. did they play 'helps both ways'??

    support from sophia and the magnificents


    from marceline:

    well, i paid my money and went there with large amounts of trepidation as the last time i saw mogwai at the barras was definitely my worst mogwai gig and the one that temporarily stopped my statement after every mogwai gig that it was the best i've seen them. but thankfully it was not to be like that again and they really were the best i've seen them.

    must have been very close to sold out and not as huge a number of neds as last time, definitely an enthusiastic but in the right places audience. they weren't over-frendly to sophia though, who had a fun heckle bout in between every song. i really liked sophia, absolutely no pretensions to them.

    i missed most of the magnificents incidentally and i'm at kind of a loss at how to describe them. i wish stu mchugh had been there. he'd have a great one. they were like a 90s techno version of maybe joy division. with shouting. and the singer was on crutches. they were kind of baffling really. good though. i think.

    i got myself a nice vantage point where i could still take photos quietly without flash. mogwai pretty much picked all the songs that make me all tearful. i'm getting to be a right sap now. i thought it was just the overdrinking at leeds that made me want to cry but no. stuart's voice is just getting better and better. that version of 'cody' is going to be in my top ten highlights of my life. well, maybe not quite that high. i've never heard cody live before but it was all dragged out and low-like. i'm just so glad stuart got over his singing embarrassment thing and sings loud now. stuart was in high spirits as well, talking lots in between songs. not that i could make out any of it.

    the only bad bit was 'secret pint' which sounded pretty rubbish. stuart was complaining about something technical but the whole song just sounded out of sync and wrong.

    and john didn't stay and break everyone's hearing at the end of the encore, they just all left the stage and left the noise playing for a good ten minutes during which half the audience left. heh.

    from greg:

    it was absolutely amazing. we met barry before the gig and he gave us some free hoodies, just cos we were wearing t-shirts in the freezin cold!

    sophia were also incredible, possibly better than the god machine, but maybe about the same standard. either way they were fantastic.

    words cant really explain mogwai, other than truly amazing. all the songs they played were a favourite, but personal highlights were 'fear satan' and 'my father...'.

    after the show we met aereogramme (who my band has supported before) and they gave us aftershow party tickets! we got to meet all of mogwai (appart from stu), and met some of sophia too.

    absolutely incredible is the only way to describe it.