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"Mogwai" are a Scottish band formed in 1995 that have become one of the most influential and best known "post-rock" bands. They compose lengthy instrumental guitar-based pieces in the post-rock tradition, usually focused around the elaboration of a single theme, and are known traditionally for dynamic contrast, melodic bass riffs, and their use of guitar distortion and effects.

The band were originally signed to renowned Glasgow indie label Chemikal Underground, but are now distributed by different labels, such as Matador in the US and Play It Again Sam Records in the UK. They have also developed their own label, Rock Action Records, named after Stooges drummer Scott Ashton who had his name changed to Rock Action.

Their style has been influenced by bands including The Dirty Three, Joy Division, The Jesus & Mary Chain, My Bloody Valentine, and post-rock pioneers Slint. During 2004 the band supported tours by two major influences, Pixies and The Cure. Mogwai's style has easily identifiable connections to genres like shoegaze, math rock, art rock, and occasionally instrumental metal. While their sound bears little resemblance to traditional punk rock, the band seems to ide...

years active 1995-present
origin Glasgow
country Scotland
music genre Post-rock
current members Stuart Braithwaite
Dominic Aitchison
Martin Bulloch
John Cummings
Barry Burns
Current touring member Graeme Ronald
past members Brendan O'Hare
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