Tuesday, October 29, 2013

'Rave Tapes' pre-orders and indies-only LP + 7"

http://mogwai.sandbaghq.com/ [UK and Europe]
Boxset / CD [rockact80cd] / LP [rockact80lp] / digital

Sub Pop [North America]
CD / LP (coloured vinyl Loser Edition, includes bonus 7")

Piccadilly Records
Boxset [rockact80d] / CD [rockact80cd] / LP [rockact80lp] / LP + 7" [rockact80lpx]

Rise Records
Boxset [rockact80d] / CD [rockact80cd] / LP [rockact80lp] / LP + 7" [rockact80lpx]

Boxset [rockact80d] / CD [rockact80cd] / LP [rockact80lp] / LP + 7" [rockact80lpx]

Norman Records
Boxset [rockact80d] / CD [rockact80cd] / LP [rockact80lp] / LP + 7" [rockact80lpx]

The tracklistings for the various bonus formats have not yet been published.
The boxset on sale via Sandbag includes a t-shirt. Presumably this won't form part of the boxsets being sold via stores.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Further 2014 Mogwai tour dates

An updated list published on mogwai.co.uk today:

We had previously announced some shows for early next year including the dates at the Royal Festival Hall in London and the Royal Concert Hall show in Glasgow. However we're pleased to announce some additional UK and EU shows running through January, February, March and April next year.
Tickets go on sale at 9am on Wednesday (30th October) except Newcastle which goes on sale at 10am Wednesday.
22 - Mill Volvo Tyne Theatre, Newcastle
24 - Royal Festival Hall, London - SOLD OUT
25 - Royal Festival Hall, London
27 - Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
28 - Celtic Connections @ Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow
30 - Paradiso, Amsterdam

1 - Ancienne Belgique, Brussels - SOLD OUT
2 - Ancienne Belgique, Brussels
3 - Olympia, Paris
4 - Batschkapp, Frankfurt
5 - Backstage Werk, Munich
6 - Tempodrom, Berlin

23 - Konserthuset, Gothenburg
24 - Cirkus, Stockholm
25 - Koncertsalen, Copenhagen
26 - Grosse Freiheit, Hamburg
27 - Volkshaus, Zurich
29 - Paloma, Nimes
30 - Estragon, Bologna
31 - Alcatraz, Milan

01 - Substage, Karlsruhe
02 - E-Werk, Cologne
03 - Aeronef, Lille

and Mogwai's first shows in Africa to come...

'Rave Tapes' - it keeps coming...

Today's flood of information demands yet another post here, most likely not the last either.

'Remurdered' is available to download via a widget on Mogwai's website here:
(The website's had a make-over too)

We're pleased to finally be able to share the details of our new studio album with you. It's called Rave Tapes and is scheduled for release on 20th January via our own Rock Action Records label for the UK & EU, Sub Pop in North America, Hostess in Japan and Spunk Records in Australia.
Rave Tapes was recorded in our Castle of Doom studio in Glasgow this year and was produced by Paul Savage with whom we've worked on the Mogwai Young Team and Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will records.
The album will be available on CD, LP, Digital and Ltd edition box set (featuring the LP itself, an exclusive 12", a book of studio photography by iconic photographer Steve Gullick shot during the recording sessions, 3 x 12" x 12" art prints, a 7" and a CD version of the album).

'Rave Tapes' pre-order: http://mogwai.sandbaghq.com/
Digital £7.99 / CD £10 / vinyl £15 / box set £55

'Rave Tapes' press release

Sub Pop have released further info on the various formats for the new Mogwai album 'Rave Tapes', and their full press release.
(Sub Pop, you have a typo on your website which says the album was released 9 months ago - thanks Mark)


Rave Tapes is the eighth studio album by Mogwai and their second on Rock Action, the label they set up almost 18 years ago to issue their debut 7in single, Tuner/Lower. In between, the Scottish quintet have established themselves on the international stage through a prolific recorded output and a commitment to touring that few of their peers can match.

Clocking in at just under 50 minutes, the 10-track album is a lustrous collection mined from the same quarry as its predecessors, wreathed in painterly textures underpinned by increasingly electronic beats. The haunted strains of Deesh channel the slow-burning ecstasy of their 2006 song “Auto Rock” (a key presence in the denouement of Michael Mann’s film of Miami Vice that year) while the guitars on which Mogwai built their reputation remain, if for the most part less overtly belligerent this time round, as evidenced by the somnambulant opener “Heard About You Last Night” and the sonic scowl of “Hexon Bogon”. With Rave Tapes, Mogwai’s mastery of sound and space is firmly at its apex.

Created in summer 2013 in the band’s Castle Of Doom studio in Glasgow, the record marks the latest phase in the group’s increasingly substantial canon – since the dawn of this decade, Mogwai have released four full-length records, one live album, two EPs and three singles. Factor in a pancontinental live schedule in support of one of those albums, Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will, plus myriad festival appearances and you get a sense of how much of themselves the members of Mogwai invest in their work.

In the past year alone the band have broadened their reach with the soundtrack to the acclaimed Canal+ supernatural drama series Les Revenants (retitled The Returned when broadcast on Channel 4 in summer 2013, averaging 1.8m viewers a week across its eight episodes). As the show reached its climax on UK TV screens in July, Mogwai returned to the most conspicuous predecessor to Les Revenants in their catalogue, the 2007 soundtrack to Douglas Gordon and Philippe Pareno’s film Zidane: A 21st-century Portrait, in sell-out performances in Manchester, Glasgow and London’s Barbican, the band playing live while the film was projected above them.

Mogwai are Dominic Aitchison (bass), Stuart Braithwaite (guitar, vocals), Martin Bulloch (drums), Barry Burns (keyboard, computer, guitar) and John Cummings (guitar, computer). They formed in Glasgow in 1995 as a quartet, with Burns yet to come into the fold. After a succession of well-received releases and having developed a reputation for their fearsome live shows, Mogwai signed to Glasgow independent Chemikal Underground, with whom they released their debut long-player Mogwai Young Team (1997) and its follow-up, Come On Die Young (1999), recorded in upstate New York with Dave Fridmann (Mercury Rev, Flaming Lips) and the first Mogwai album to feature Burns.

At the turn of the millennium Mogwai left Chemikal Underground to sign with PIAS, in large part for its European network, and in 2001 released Rock Action, reaching No23 in the UK album chart. Again produced by Fridmann, the record found the group introducing more electronic tones to their palette, a broadening of scope furthered on Happy Songs For Happy People (2003), the album that saw the band making substantial progress in the US.

Aside from Government Commissions, 2005’s compilation of BBC radio sessions, almost three years would pass before Mogwai’s fifth studio full-length, Mr Beast (2006), saw the light of day. Co-produced by the band and Tony Doogan (the sole producer of Happy Songs), Mr Beast was described by the band’s then manager Alan McGee as “probably the best art rock album I’ve been involved with since [My Bloody Valentine’s] Loveless”. A year later, Mogwai released their soundtrack to Zidane: A 21st-century Portrait, and a further 12 months on came the release of the band’s first album away from PIAS and their first entirely self-produced long-player, The Hawk Is Howling (2008).

The band’s appetite for greater control was not, however, limited to the studio. Having used Rock Action largely as a platform for releases by such artists as Envy, Errors and Part Chimp, in 2010 Mogwai made the decision to issue their own records on the label as well, beginning with Special Moves, the audio counterpart to the live film Burning, both of which featured Mogwai performing in Brooklyn on their 2008-09 US tour. That same year, Mogwai and Matador ended their long relationship and the band signed to Sub Pop ahead of the 2011 release of Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will, an expansive, confident set which entered the UK album chart at No25 and spawned three singles. (The recording sessions also yielded the four-track EP Earth Division, the band’s 10th such release.) A year later the album A Wrenched Virile Lore, featuring remixes of songs from Hardcore… by an eclectic array of artists including Justin Broadrick, Tim Hecker and Xander Harris, was released, providing listeners with an entirely new set of perspectives from which to view Mogwai’s increasingly adroit creations.

Having barely had time to draw breath, the ever-restless band members kicked off 2013 with the release of the Les Revenants EP and parent album to keep fans occupied while writing sessions for Rave Tapes took place in Glasgow and Berlin, where Burns moved some years ago with his wife Rachel, an artist. Displaying a work ethic to shame bands of all ages and stripes, Mogwai entered their Castle Of Doom studio in the wake of summer’s live Zidane shows and began making the victorious, beatific tracks that comprise Rave Tapes. The release of the album will signal the beginning of a frantic year of live activity, including the group’s maiden foray into Africa. Fasten your seatbelts.


Rave Tapes will be released on CD, LP and DL on January 20, 2014, on Rock Action (UK and Europe) and Sub Pop (North America).

Rave Tapes was recorded at Mogwai’s Castle Of Doom studio in Glasgow, Scotland, with Paul Savage, who also worked with the band on Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will.

Rave Tapes tracklisting – Heard About You Last Night/ Simon Ferocious/ Remurdered/ Hexon Bogon/ Repelish/ Master Card/ Deesh/ Blues Hour/ No Medicine For Regret/ The Lord Is Out Of Control.

(Sean Guthrie)

Rave Tapes will also be available as a deluxe, limited-edition LP box set, which will be available to pre-order very soon! If you would like information on this as it becomes available, email us at websales@subpop.com and let us know you’re interested! We’ll email you when it’s available for pre-order.

—> Customers who pre-order the LP version will receive the limited “Loser Edition” colored vinyl.
—> You’ll also receive a bonus 7" with two extra songs with your pre-order of Rave Tapes.

All pre-order exclusives and extras are on a first come, first served basis and once they’re gone, they’re gone. Order now to secure all limited-edition items!

Also please know that if you pre-order this record, your order will not ship until the week of or before January 21st. This applies to everything in your order – NONE of it will ship until the week of or before January 21st. So, if you’d like to order more than just this Mogwai CD/LP, it would be best to place separate orders if you’re the type who wants what you ordered, and you want it NOW! Thanks!

MP3 download included with all vinyl releases

Released: January 21, 2014

Remurdered on Soundcloud

'Rave Tapes' art and tracklist


Rave Tapes is the new full-length album from Mogwai.

Released: January 21, 2014 [North America][SP1070]

Heard About You Last Night
Simon Ferocious
Hexon Bogon
Master Card
Blues Hour
No Medicine For Regret
The Lord Is Out Of Control

Pre-order on vinyl or CD at the link above.

'Rave Tapes' - 20th January 2014

Mogwai's new album 'Rave Tapes' will be released on 20th Jan 2014.
Rock Action Records [rockact80cd]

First play of new track 'Remurdered' on Lauren Laverne's BBC 6Music show this morning - sounds great.

The Cambridge show (28th November 2013) is sold out.

News! Today!

Mogwai took to Twitter and Facebook on Friday to let us know that we can expect "lots of news" on Monday (today, 28th October)

Lauren Laverne will have new Mogwai music in her BBC 6Music show, which starts at 10am (just over an hour from now)
Update - new tracks is called 'Remurdered'

As will Vic Galloway, on his BBC Radio Scotland Show (8pm)

Another tweet on Friday mentioned a new Mogwai video, shot at the Kilauea volcano in Hawaii. Wonder whether we'll get to see that today?
More info here: http://www.therigout.com/updates/rig-out-ss14mogwai-video-behind-the-scenes/

Monday, October 7, 2013

Saturday, October 5, 2013

New Mogwai album and Stuart support set

Our album is finished
And is being mastered this week at Abbey Road: http://instagram.com/p/fM9bvpxMXH/

Stuart Braithwaite supports James Yorkston at London's Union Chapel on 19th December 2013.
Tickets and further info: http://www.eatyourownears.com/events/james-yorkston-christmas-special-4/