US (Seattle), May 7, 2011 Review

artist: mogwai date: 02/06/2013 category: live concerts
mogwai: US (Seattle), May 7, 2011
The show took place at the Showbox at the Market on May the 7th, 2011, located in Seattle, Washington, United States. The performance was very interesting to watch, and try to figure out what all was going on at one point in time. Definitely enjoyed every minute of it, and it was a great show for someone like me who's mainly gone to high energy ones.
 Sound: 9
 Perfomance: 8
 Overall Impression: 9
 Overall rating:
 9.4 
 Reviewer rating:
 8.7 
 Users rating:
 10 
 Votes:
 1 
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overall: 8.7
US (Seattle), May 7, 2011 Reviewed by: DimebagLivesOn, on february 06, 2013
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Sound: First off, Mogwai is INCREDIBLY loud live. I had earplugs in, and it didn't feel like I had any at all during most of the performance. I'd definitely recommend wearing them if you plan on seeing them. It was to the point that the young boys in front of me were wincing at the end. Mogwai are a mostly chilled-out post-rock band, with very intricate layering and mostly instrumental work. The guitars were sometimes dirty, sometimes crisp, the drums were furious (provided by the drummer of Errors, as the regular Mogwai drummer couldn't make this tour), and the bass thumps you in the chest. Their sound was very thick, and all of the instruments melded into one sound for the majority of the show. The instruments song from their amps, and the drums and keyboard found their way neatly snug between them. This combination was very dreamy, and relaxing. It had a way of lifting everyone's worries and just making people not really care about anything really important. The climax of sound came just after the end of the last song they played, "like Herod", which involved two of the guitarists messing around with their pedals for about 10 or 15 minutes, and the sound was just enormous. I could feel all of my clothes shaking off of my body, and the tone they got out of their amps was completely delicious. // 9

Perfomance: The vibe in the venue was overall pretty laid-back, but you could tell that Mogwai meant business at the same time. The songs were well executed, and everything behind the scenes seemed to be going well. I have to give credit to their guitar tech, who was frantically tuning at least two guitars and a bass between every song, then ferrying the instruments to and fro from the stage. There was not much chatting between songs besides the usual thank you, we love it here, etc. They seemed to try to get in as many songs as they could. They also had some nice video work behind them during the songs from the new album, "Hardcore Will Never Die But You Will". They were black shapes on a white background, or video taken of the city depicted in the artwork. During the songs, there was not much interaction, if at all, with the audience. Every person was completely fixated on their instrument, their gear setup, or someone else in the band, making sure they were all syncing up and such. It invoked an appreciation for how much effort was going into the performance. I was able to get a picture of the setlist, and it was: 01. White Noise 02. Rano Pano 03. Flies 04. I Know You Are 05. Death Rays 06. Travel 07. San Pedro 08. Jim Morrison 09. Mexican GP 10. Helicon 1 11. Werewolf 12. Thatcher 13. Autorock 14. Glasgow MS 15. Hesenheide (? I can't read it that well) 16. Like Herod // 8

Overall Impression: The show took place at the Showbox at the Market on May the 7th, 2011, located in Seattle, Washington, United States. Right on Pike Street, which houses the famous Pike Place Market, and has it's fair share of fish tossed around. It's right in downtown Seattle, and with the market just a couple blocks away, it is a very lively area of Seattle. The openers were another Scottish band called Errors, which put on a very fun, somewhat funky performance. Their drummer was going to town on the drums, I have no idea how he managed to hold on during the Mogwai performance as well. Mogwai left my dad and I (I bought tickets for his birthday, about $25 each for almost 3 hours of music) in a trance-like state for well over an hour. The performance was very interesting to watch, and try to figure out what all was going on at one point in time. Definitely enjoyed every minute of it, and it was a great show for someone like me who's mainly gone to high energy ones. // 9

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