bright light ! gigs

mogwai @ wedgewood rooms, portsmouth, uk 13/05/03


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


  • i know you are but what am i?
  • my father my king

    thanks to andy scott.

    support from kling klang


    from andy scott:

    had an unexpectedly wicked day after meeting a couple of guys with a spare ticket on an internet forum (cheers there john and robert) and deciding to head down there from london.

    typically great mogwai gig, the opener of 'kids..' melting into 'fear satan' made the hairs on the back of my neck stand up, it was so good. as someone else has mentioned in their review before, barrys bass on 'ratts..' is a particularly fine and heavy moment but the highlight for me was the beautiful rendition of 'helicon 2'. an enthusiastic sell-out crowd had stuart commenting that "there are a lot more people here tonight than the last time we played this venue." all the new stuff sounded great, much heavier than the recorded versions but retaining their beauty as you would hope and expect from a band of such high quality.

    i'm now in brighton with my ears ringing and a grin on my face waiting for the sun to go down and mogwai to come out and play once more. bring it on! more tommorow i hope although i'm drinking tonight so i may not remember it all so clearly.

    from bob scott:

    owing to over enthusiastic grolsch consumption in the bar next door, my recollections are hazy - here's what i can remember. kling klang were like add n to x. mogwai sounded superb - tighter than a nun's c**t as my friend commented. the sound in the wedgewood rooms was fantastic - maybe it was where we were standing, at the back in front of the sound desk. i saw a sign saying there was a 105 db noise limit in place - it did sound less ear shredding than usual. my earplugs stayed in my pockets. as usual, a great night.

    from lianne chatwin:

    i thought they were quite good. highlights of the night were watching my mum jump three foot in the air when the loud bit in 'xmas steps' started (she said afterwards that it really scared her and felt like crying...) and going to the loo where about 20 blokes were queing for the gents while the ladies was empty. marvellous!

    and i got a free poster :)