Mogwai Talks Rave Tapes, Post-Rock, and Running "Very Much a Democracy"
It took long enough, but Mogwai will finally be playing a gig in Miami. The post-rock band from Glasgow, Scotland, has been around for nearly 20 years, but as its upcoming debut show in our town proves, there are still many firsts for the quintet to experience.
Speaking via phone from his home, guitarist John Cummings also proves that Miami Vice still has an unshakable influence on his perception of the Magic City.
"It's one of the few comfortable associations that I have with your fine city, sadly," he admits, referring to the knee-jerk TV reference. "But that can all change."
Told he needs to try some real Cuban food, Cummings says, "Cool. That's what it's all about, the food. I'm all about the food."
Good for him and his Mogwai mates if they can get a taste of Miami, but the real winners are the local fans of the post-rock music genre, which Mogwai helped popularize with a mostly instrumental, guitar-driven style of music that originally gained recognition thanks to adventurous college radio of the early 1990s. In the shadow of grunge were bands like Mogwai, Tortoise, and later Godspeed You! Black Emperor and Explosions in the Sky.
When Cummings, guitarist and sometime vocalist Stuart Braithwaite, bassist and guitarist Dominic Aitchison, guitarist and keyboardist Barry Burns, and drummer Martin Bulloch step on the stage and fire up the amps for their latest tunes from eighth studio album, Rave Tapes, many Miami fans will feel a sense of relief, after waiting almost two decades for this moment.