thanks to david gill and david rowland.
support from kling klang
from david gill:
a fantastic gig and a good venue, it was heaving and there was a great atmosphere. mogwai came on at about 8.20, to accomodate the disco, a fact which stuart pointed out. 'ex-cowboy' was my highlight, it being the first time i have heard it live. the new songs were all excellent, with 'ratts..' being happy songs' stand out track. i even enjoyed 'jewish hymn' which, for once, wasn't the last song. tremendous.
from david rowland:
if ever proof were needed that mogwai are one of the most monumental live bands in the world then this was it. the idea of doing a tour of 'small' venues was fucking mint. the new songs were obviously unfamiliar but nestled nicely in amongst the old classics. they tore into 'you dont know jesus' second [? recording of showw suggests not ?], sending white noise out in shock waves that peaked and apexed in oceans of sound. beautiful, and they played 'ex-cowboy' - i couldnt believe it!!! dominic's unforgettable opening bassline sent shivers down my spine. 'xmas steps' soon followed, and as always was a monumental exercise in nasa-engineered precision guitar dynamics. soaring, beautiful, melancholy, and when that guitar cames in it's like peering into the deepest abyss on earth. you are scared, you are fearful, and right in those few seconds before it spills over and you topple in, all you feel is an ecstatic rush of ecstasy. mind-blowing.