Preview: Mogwai, De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill, Friday, June 22,
Friday 22 July
SCOTTISH musical pioneers Mogwai are performing a one-off gig at the De La Warr Pavilion next month - with tickets expected to sell faster than the proverbial hotcakes.
The band will play material from their seventh and most recent album, Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will, in the latest in a string of ambitious bookings by the Bexhill seafront venue.
It would be fair to say not everyone gets Mogwai. Equally though, that nicheness is part of what makes them great.
Theirs is a majestic, powerful sound where barely a word is spoken yet it is the antithesis of background music. Album and song titles bemuse, confuse and delight in equal measure and live, they are utterly unstoppable.
Continuing in this vein, Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will, draws from a varied sonic palette which is a natural progression from 2008’s mighty release The Hawk is Howling.
A brave and instinctive album, it is charged with an energy, spirit and intensity that few can match. It is the sound of a band comfortable in their own skin but reaching towards the edges of their own capabilities, drawing out something particularly special in the process.
Formed in Glasgow in the halcyon days of the mid-90s, Mogwai set about turning heads, hearts and stomachs with their live shows - stark aural assaults on the senses.
They’ve rolled out half dozen quality albums and a clutch of EPs in the preceding years and, despite geography, age and responsibilities changing over time and creative and fiscal peaks and plateaus, like any creative endeavour, their original bond remains, as does a single-mindedness that has contributed to a forward trajectory no fad, fashion or fool could derail.
Tickets, priced £20, are available now by calling 01424 229111 or online at www.dlwp.com.