Mogwai | Thalia Hall | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader
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Steve Gullick

When: Tue., Jan. 24, 9:30 p.m. 2017
Price: $30, $25 in advance
It’s gotta be a drag epitomizing the definition of postrock—so crippled by the pressure to outdo yourself with each album by layering subtle, delicate crescendo upon subtle, delicate crescendo, all the while blending moody electronic elements just so with obligatory orchestral flourishes. It’s a wonder a band like Mogwai doesn’t explode on stage like a supernova, swallowing the venue in a burst of light before being sucked down into the earth’s molten core. But the Scots have never much faltered—they’ve been a steady hand in the subgenre since the late 90s, usually teasing out some grand new venture. Case in point: in 2015 they soundtracked Atomic, Living in Dread and Promise, a documentary about, holy shit, nuclear history (featuring archival footage from the bombing of Hiroshima, the Chernobyl disaster, etc). The volatility and grandness of nuclear energy feels synonymous with Mogwai’s vast brand of postrock, and on 2016’s Atomic (Rock Action)—the album later culled from the soundtrack—the band is as artful at scoring an eerie aftermath-like stillness as it is a sweeping gust of devastation. Tonight Mogwai will play the Atomic score in its entirety as the documentary is being projected behind them.
— Kevin Warwick



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