Mogwai, Fuck Buttons, Errors – Corn Exchange, Edinburgh, Tuesday 21st October 2008

So I love Mogwai. We’ve established that in my previous posts.  I have seen them live many times and was not planning to go to this show at all until I bought the new album and just had to get along to see them.  Unfortunately I missed Errors.  I’ve not really heard anything by them yet so I need to check them out and it’s maybe a good thing not to see them for the first time in the Corn Exchange, which is up there with the worst venues in Scotland!  Anyways, got a beer in and was just in time to catch Fuck Buttons.  It was apparent from the first tune that this was going to be a noisy gig!  In fact, they didn’t actually stop for a break during their set and just merged one song into another for about half an hour or so.  Don’t get me wrong, I do really like Street Horrrsing and thought that the sound and music on Tuesday night was really great.  However, for me, they are one of the most boring acts to watch.  I guess it has a lot to do with the type of music but there wasn’t much to engage you.  Basically, one of them stands in one spot the whole time nodding his head and the other one jumps about whilst seemingly holding his finger on what button or key……I know, I know, this i very niaive of me and I totally understand that creating such music and performing such music is far more technical.  I just didn’t feel the performance though I felt the music. 

Mogwai on the other hand.  Well they were simply brilliant and my fears about the sound quality of the venue were blown away in no time.  This like their new album, was the best they’ve been live when I’ve seen them.  Songs like Christmas Steps and Like Herod still pack an almighty punch whilst Friend of the Night is a stunning piece of beauty.  However, the highlight of the show was without doubt the closer Batcat, which after a whole night of mind blowing noise was the final nail in the coffin for my ears! That’s the first gig I’ve been at in a long time where I’ve left the venue with a ringing in my ears.  I loved it. It just made my Tuesday night.  The emotion that that band create in me without using words still amazes me and makes me smile so much.  I could go and see them live every night – if my ears could handle it.  Alas, I think they might be dead and so I choose to have some time away from watching Mogwai live.  Well, until their next tour anyways.

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