bright light ! gigs

mogwai @ 'curiosa', ford amphitheatre
tampa, fl, usa


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  • my father my king

    thanks to 'radiohead344', jared bish and chris crowder.

    festival info

    'curiosa' touring festival, put together by the cure

    stage 1 - the cure / interpol / the rapture / mogwai
    stage 2 - thursday / auf der maur / the cooper temple clause / head automatica

    ford amphitheatre (capacity 20,000)


    from jared bish:

    then at the tampa show, i believe when starting their second song they said "this song is dedicated to all the lazy people who stayed in bed yesterday"....since the turn out was much more at tampa when mogwai took the stage. i can't remember off hand which song it was though. i think they only played 2 (maybe 3) songs....and ended their set with about 5-8 minutes of guitar feedback....walking off the stage with the feedback still roaring. by the way, to confirm the two songs you have listed for the tampa show....they did not play "hunted by a freak" that day. though i can't remember what they actually played....i know they didn't play that one. the reason i remember is because i was hoping to hear it that day and they didnt play it.

    orlando city beat:

    the most surprising and impressive performance however was from scotland's mogwai. challenging any preconceived notions, even my own, garnered from the oft-sleepy experimental post-rock in their recordings, these lads delivered an unbelievably powerful and rousing set of cascading sonic waves via three guitarists. first of all, their half-hour set consisted of what sounded like only two epic songs. secondly, the last 10 minutes was like being tossed around in a dinghy by crushing swells of grinding noise. the spectacle resulted in the total abuse of their guitars, the strings hanging out like entrails. mogwai's crushing sonic haze lingered long after they exited the stage, ceaselessly redoubling on itself. ever watched a blank tv channel long enough to believe that you can perceive the order in the chaos?


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    photo by jeff.