Mogwai – Scottish Post-Rock Band
Scottish post-rock band Mogwai was formed in 1995 by Stuart Braithwaite, Dominic Aitchison, and Martin Bulloch. They took their name from the creatures in the movie Gremlins. The group released their debut LP, Mogwai Young Team, in 1997. Kicking a Dead Pig: Mogwai Songs Remixed was released the following year, featuring remixes from the likes of Kevin Shields, Arab Strap, and Alec Empire. The band's current lineup solidified with the addition of Barry Burns prior to recording their sophomore LP, 1999's Come On Die Young. By their third album, Rock Action, Mogwai was moving away from guitars and incorporating more electronic instruments. Rock Action was their biggest commercial success to date, peaking at #23 on the UK album charts.
Next came the genre-expanding Happy Songs For Happy People, which gave Mogwai their first major success in the US, landing at #13 on the Billboard Independent Albums Chart and even cracking -- for a week -- the Billboard Top 200. The band continued to release albums regularly, growing more and more into their signature spacious and spaced out post-rock sound with each new work. In 2010, they moved from longtime US label Matador to Sub Pop for the release of Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will. Three years later they provided the soundtrack to the film Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait. With the formation of their own label, named after the Rock Action album, the band began releasing their own work in the UK. Their most recent studio album is 2017's Every Country's Sun, with a soundtrack to the 2018 film KIN coming soon.Less