mogwai @ ica, london, uk
hunted by a freak
travel is dangerous
a place for parks
i know you are but what am i?
friend of the night
take me somewhere nice
may nothing but happiness come through your door
we're no here
support from part chimp vs alexander tucker + dj keith cameron. sold out. apparently gwen stefani and beau were in attendance?! seems barry fell off his piano stool at one point, causing much amusement.
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alex tucker kicked things off with looped, effect laden guitars and near
chanting accompanied by a duet of clarient players. later part chimp
inject a bit of volume to prep the audiences eardrums.
thankfully, 'gwai don't end the set with too much feedback and the band
looked in great mood. the brief technical hitches get laughed off
(stuart says something about giving us introspection and slapstick after
other notable moments are graeme helping out on stage, and martin
using orchestral drum sticks to belt out the simple rhythm for auto
rock. it was also great to see barry up front and singing at times too.
the only downside was the guy next to me who'd wolfwhistle after every
song - and the night flew by. the peak was definitely friend of the night
- much more beautiful with a quivering synth sound instead of piano; and
those who hadn't heard it before must surely agree.
boy am i hung-over (still, and it's 3 in the afternoon...). was a great night and all the new stuff sounded fantastic, particularly opener 'glasgow mega-snake' and 'friend of the night'. barry looked fairly uncomfortable with having to sing on 'travel is dangerous' but did a grand job of it. definitely one of the most enjoyable gigs i've seen them play despite there being nothing from 'young team' in the set - which i'd have been disappointed about beforehand had i known but as it was didn't even register until i was home.
from 'infinte fury':
went to the first mogwai take control at the ica gig
last night with plenty more to come. excellent support
from a chap called alexander tucker who basically
plays the guitar, sings and pipes it all through a
mess of delay pedals and other effects to build quite
staggering wall of noise epics. bought the album today
and i'd recommend him to any fan of mogwai.
the chimp were, as usual, extremely loud and
satisfying although most of the toffee-nosed mogwai
brigade had a look on their face like they'd just been
handed a warm glass of piss.
mogwai's set was superb and excellent to see them back
in action. first of all, unless it's a really big wind
up, the album you've downloaded is the same as the one
due for release. it's truly an album to be heard live
however as it needs the noise.
oh, how could i forget? stanley kubrick - awesome,
just awesome have been waiting years for that to get
into the line-up and it really is magical live. didn't
get tracy unfortunately but i'm hoping to hear it on
either thursday or saturday.
very amusing sidenote - barry burns looked
pretty mashed all night and at one point he went to
sit down on his stool but ended up slipping straight
off it and falling over....
bring on thursday!
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photos by ray shaw.