MOGWAI | REV MAGNETIC | 22.08.2018 | Leith Theatre Edinburgh

MOGWAI | REV MAGNETIC | 22.08.2018 | Leith Theatre Edinburgh

Mogwai and Rev Magnetic – 22nd August 2018 – Leith Theatre Edinburgh – Review and photos

Mogwai – 22nd August 2018 – Leith Theatre, Edinburgh

Mogwai play the first of two nights at Leith Theatre as part of the Edinburgh International Festival, both nights appear to be sold out or at least very near sold out. Tonight I decided to drive up from Newcastle for the gig and drive back straight after. They’ve only played Festival slots recently and this was the only proper chance to catch a full set. It was worth every effort. As they approach the end of the touring for their latest album; Every Country’s Sun (not including the extensive soundtrack work they’ve done). 

I was happy to see they’ve picked some gems for support acts, Kathryn Williams supports on the 23rd but tonight I get to see Rev Magnetic perform again. Stuart was in attendance at their Glasgow show with Superchunk. Tonight they are in a much more comfortable setting and you can really sense a band coming together nicely, their confidence is beaming as they stalk a much bigger stage tonight. They are a remarkable act, brimming with talent. I noted the last time I saw them that their music might require a few listens to fully appreciate and understand. Tonight I really enjoyed their set, as did the audience in attendance. A band to watch out for! We’ll have a separate photo gallery coming for their set soon

Rev Magnetic - 22nd August 2018 - Leith Theatre Edinburgh
Rev Magnetic – 22nd August 2018 – Leith Theatre Edinburgh

As Mogwai took to the stage, I got a first glance of just how full the venue was. A sea of fans to greet Scottish music Royalty, the venue appears is packed! They came out to a really dark and smoke filled stage, the atmosphere was quite tense with anticipation.

We were treated to a rather brilliant set, largely drawn from ECS but with a dose of old classics mixed in for good measure. I was hoping that we might get a preview of some of the KIN material but it wasn’t to be. That said, we did get a rather rare and utterly stunning performance of My Father My King, which I’ve only ever heard them play once before at Glasgow Barrowlands for their 20th-anniversary shows. Don’t Believe the Fife is also a highlight, such a strong song.

Setlist;

  • Heard About You Last Night
  • Crossing the Road Material
  • Party in the Dark
  • Cody 
  • Kids Will Be Skeletons 
  • Don’t Believe the Fife 
  • I’m Jim Morrison, I’m Dead 
  • Coolverine 
  • Old Poisons 
  • Remurdered 
  • Like Herod 
  • New Paths to Helicon, Pt. 1 
  • My Father, My King

I walked away ecstatic and slightly deaf for hearing My Father My King and kicking myself for not buying tickets for the following days show. However, it’s not too long to wait until the next outing, they recently announced a November UK tour with our favourites The Twilight Sad! 

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SUPERCHUNK | 27.05.2018 | Stereo Glasgow | REVIEW and PHOTOS

SUPERCHUNK | 27.05.2018 | Stereo Glasgow | REVIEW and PHOTOS

Superchunk – 27th May 2018 – Stereo Glasgow – Review and photos

Lately, I seem to be saying ‘I never thought I’d get to see these!’ a lot in my reviews. Superchunk are another bucket list band of mine, they rarely play the UK and I’d quite honestly thought there’s no way I’d ever get to see them! Well, maybe London one day but as a gig destination, it’s far from my preference. There’s just something about those audiences, they get so many great bands there that they don’t always appreciate it, spoiled for choice I suppose? Well, I couldn’t believe my luck when this tour popped up! They announced Glasgow and Leeds shows! Sadly poor finances denied me from going to bboth, so I opted for Glasgow. Glasgow is one of the best gig cities on the planet in my opinion. The audience are always well up for a party and I love wandering around the city with my camera in hand. So, Glasgow, it is!

We had the added bonus of Rev Magnetic being added to the bill, so I ensured I was down early to catch their set. The left me a bit overwhelmed, genre-wise they don’t really fit in with the headliners but that doesn’t matter. Musically they are something remarkable, densely layered and I think their music will be more relatable with repeated listens. They went down really well with punters.

Superchunk dropped a surprise album earlier this year; What A Time to Be Alive. Songs from it will feature heavily on the setlist tonight, alongside some stone-cold classics as requested by fans.

Opening with Hyper Enough the energy and sheer joy they have for playing is inspirational, putting bands half their age to shame! I danced all the way through the set. There’s something infectious about their sound and it is a delight to witness. Mac McCaughan stalking the stage with his energy and charisma enticing the audience to sing along.

It is the new material that really grabs my attention. It’s a really strong album and shows absolutely no signs of the band slowing down. They have much life left in them yet. Break the Glass stands out as an instant classic, fans down the front singing along word for word.

Setlist;

  • Hyper Enough
  • What a Time to Be Alive
  • Reagan Youth
  • Lost My Brain
  • Learned to Surf
  • Package Thief
  • Seed Toss
  • Animated Airplanes Over Germany
  • Black Thread
  • Hello Hawk
  • Break the Glass
  • Erasure
  • Driveway to Driveway
  • The First Part
  • Me & You & Jackie Mittoo
  • Slack Motherfucker
  • Digging for Something
  • Cloud of Hate
  • Fishing

I stayed down the front for the entire set, normally I’d retreat after a few songs but I was glued to the spot and having the time of my life. Glad I did as it allowed me to get this shot at the end Jon Wurster and Mac sapped duties for the outro to Fishing, adding a medley of cheesy cover songs which had everyone in stitches!

Thank you Superchunk for playing here. You’ve made some fans very very happy! This will easily make my top ten gigs of the year and I’ll remember it for years to come 🙂

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REV MAGNETIC | 27.05.2018 | Stereo Glasgow | PHOTOS

REV MAGNETIC | 27.05.2018 | Stereo Glasgow | PHOTOS

Rev Magnetic – 27th May 2018 – Stereo Glasgow – Photos

A remarkable new project from Luke Sutherland. I found their set quite overwhelming, I really feel the need to hear them again. There’s something really special here but I think it requires more than one listen to fully digest.

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