Mogwai

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Scottish post-rockband Mogwai formed in 1995 in Glasgow. The group is made up of Stuart Braithwaite (guitar, vocals), Barry Burns (guitar, piano, synthesizer, computer, vocals), Dominic Aitchison (bass) and Martin Bulloch (drums). On stage, they're supported by Scott Paterson and Luke Sutherland. Their mostly instrumental music is rooted in underground, DIY guitar music (in the vein of post-punk bands such as Fugazi, Pixies, Sonic Youth and Slint) and – in tone and tuning – Scottish folk. They play abstract, lengthy scores which feature big dynamic contrasts, ranging from wildly raging guitar sections to fragile melodies. Although the band is named after the woolly creatures from the Gremlins movies (who turn into ferocious reptile monsters if you feed them after midnight), they maintain their name has no significant meaning. Neither do they set much store by the musical genre labels people like to give them. Mogwai is totally abstract, according to Stuart Braithwaite: 'It's just music. You can make of it what you want.' Recording their debut album Mogwai Young Team in 1997, the band have released eight studio albums to date. In 2015, to mark their 20th anniversary, they launched their retrospective Central Belters. Mogwai have written soundtracks for various films, including Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait (2006), The Fountain (2006) and Les Revenants (2012). Atomic, Living in Dread and Promise marks their debut at the Holland Festival.