mogwai @ phoenix, toronto, canada
thanks to alex
yes! i am a long way from home
friend of the night
killing all the flies
travel is dangerous
hunted by a freak
mogwai fear satan
i know you are but what am i?
may nothing but happiness come through your door
we're no here
ratts of the capital
support from torche. sold out
so my tenth mogwai show at the loudest venue in toronto, and what are we treated to but a quieter show than past displays, despite what the set list indicates. perhaps i was a little anxious because 'my father my king' was played in montreal the night before, thus making it all but certain that the same song wouldn't appear tonight. despite that disappointment, the encore was by far one of the best i've ever seen from the lads, 'ratts' has really come a long way, the feedback as described previously for 'we're no here' is really more of a arpaggio synth build-up that barry fiddles with while john adds layers of distortion. but really the encore was the higlight, 'megasnake' sounding just as tremendous as expected live.
roll on team beast, pity you couldna' done two nights.
the show was fantastic and definitely in the top 3 of the times i've seen them.
the new stuff was absolutely blazing, especially...oh god, i never remember their song titles. the one with the piano backdrop. unlike cliff, i thought it was plenty, plenty loud. it was also plenty, plenty (fucking!) hot in there. the show was sold out well in advance and, man, it was alyssa milano hot in there. (that's hot.)
at 8:10ish saw the band, sans barry and stuart, walking towards the venue, all avec ball caps. they walked past the big line-up and towards their van and no one made any nevermind about their presence.
my only beef is they played nothing from rock action, which, and i realize i'm in the minority, is my favourite album. dripped my way to the merch booth after the show and all they had was one tee, and only size small. doing well, then, i guess.
tuesday the 16th was the long awaited mogwai show. they certainly did not disappoint. the set was opened by the beginning track from "young team," 'yes! i am a long way from home.' after a brief "thank you," the band came back in with 'friend of the night.' i'm really glad i heard this song live; i feel as if i enjoy it so much more, now. after 'killing all the flies,' 'travel is dangerous' came next. indeed, it was a refreshing feeling to hear the new songs fit in so well with the setlist. the fact that these songs sounded so well, live, really leads me to believe that mogwai is headed in a great direction (if that is even possible, considering their previous releases). finally, 'hunted by a freak' was played. although alex did not find this song to be as good as he had hoped, i thought it was sounded great. next up was mogwai's true beast, the monumental 'mogwai fear satan.' this song was, perhaps, the most climatic explosion of the night. any mogwai fan would know what i am talking about.
the exhausting, but pulsating, 'mogwai fear satan' marked the midway point of the set. the band gave the audience a bittersweet break by performing 'i know you are but what am i?, a song that i had been longing to hear. perhaps similar to alex's feelings towards 'hunted by a freak,' i didn't find the "punch" that i had been looking for in this climatic piano treat. still, i am glad i heard it, live.
at this point, i began to feel quite tired, and 'acid food' was probably the best way to snap out of it. this was another song, off of 'mr. beast,' that i had hoped to hear, live. again, my senses were back in motion, and mogwai blasted 'summer,' which is one of the bands' oldest songs to date. unfortunately, there was only one song played from the 'come on die young' album. it did not turn out to be 'christmas steps;' instead, we were treated to 'may nothing but happiness come through your door.' this song, along with 'ratts of the capital' (played first as part of the encore), would probably give 'mogwai fear satan' a run for its money for best climatic adventure of the night.
mogwai's set was ended with 'helicon 1' and 'we're no here,' the final song off "mr. beast.' 'we're no here' was a fantastic way to temporarily close out the set. once the audience shouted for more, mogwai returned to perform the aforementioned encore. once completing 'ratts of the capital,' mogwai exploded with one final song: 'glasgow mega-snake.' this was certainly a great way to end a night of brilliant music. once the final note of g/m-s was played, sheer silence swarmed the audience, which was then quickly eluded by an enormous round of applause, signaling the end yet another epic mogwai set.