mogwai @ lee's palace, toronto
yes! i am a long way from home
you don't know jesus
star wars (new)
2 rights make 1 wrong
my father my king
thanks to jon gage and kevin.
support from mighty flashlight
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brilliant show last night. please ask your visitors to buy a mogwai album so
they can afford fresh paper for their setlists and spare their old dayplanners.
from jon gage:
just got back from the toronto gig. one year to the day since they were last here, and the fifth time they've played
here in total.
all in all a very solid set, if not completely mindblowing. 'helicon 1' had an interestingly oppressive drone floating
over the introduction which was a nice change, and 'like herod' was trimmed to a paletable 6 minutes. i normally
can't stand the latter, and was very impressed this go around if that's any indication. i'd like to see them switch up
the set a little bit, as it wasn't all that different from their last 4 shows in toronto. the new songs were a real treat
though! 'star wars' has a very loud, angry driving riff. much better than the 'd to e' era material. i hope these tracks
make it into wide circulation, especially the first one. it started out with a swift fingerpicking melody, followed by a
rousing guitar chorus by both john & stuart. nicely done.
martin & john were selling "homemade" silkscreen t-shirts at the merch table. it looked like they'd gotten hold
of the following stencils: mogwai, c***, beer, jesus, drink and f***. after that
they'd just randomly grouped them together and airbrushed them on t-shirts. wasn't willing to pay $15 for it, but they
did have plenty of copies of the bardo pond split 10" for those still looking for it.
the show was stunning. the best of the many times i've seen them.
stolen from "now" magazine, submitted by paul:
by matt galloway
rating: nnnn (4/5)
the decision to put a punish-ingly loud band like mogwai into the relatively
intimate confines of lee's palace should not be taken lightly.as the scottish
quintet plowed through 90 minutes of delicately sculpted, incredibly forceful
instrumental rock, fans began to drop like flies, falling to the ground in
heaps or staggering, pale and shaken-looking, toward the back of the club.
whether the fainting spells were brought on by the heat in the over-packed
club or by the extreme volume at which mogwai played wasn't clear, but the
two made a lethal combination.
there was precious little flash to the group's performance, with frontman
stuart braithwaite looking almost embarrassed about standing in the middle of
the stage and occasionally singing. heads down and virtually steering clear
of last year's rock action disc in favour of older, and newer, material,
mogwai made up for style and variety with force.
each song was an epic, built around violent shifts in dynamics. there were
eerily quiet moments when braithwaite's frail guitar lines were interrupted
by ice tinkling in glasses, and moments of guitar aggression when, even with
earplugs in, the volume was apocalyptic.
by the time mogwai reached their traditional closer, the 20-minute my father
my king, the brutality seemed almost routine. had they played any longer, the
entire audience might have collapsed from sheer exhaustion.
it was an amazing show... great to see 'yes! i am a long way from home' back in the setlist... maybe one
day we'll see 'katrien' or 'summer' again? as far as the new songs go, 'star wars' did not immediately
bowl me over... not a bad tune, but not instantly impressive... the other two were better, 'nursery' being
rather short and pretty. great stuff.