Clash called Mogwai’s Stuart Braithwaite earlier to discuss… no, wait, that’d be telling. The feature in question, it’ll be up on this very site very soon, though.
Anyway, as we were signing off from our call – Stuart was sat somewhere in the belly of Heathrow’s Terminal 5, set to jet to Sweden to commence a run of European shows (click to the band’s website for dates) - we thought we’d ask about what’s coming up for the band in the wake of their top-10 album of January, ‘Rave Tapes’ (review).
“We’ve just sorted out the 15-year anniversary edition of (second album) ‘Come On Die Young’,” he told us. “It’ll have 90 minutes of extras. We’d recorded a whole record before we went to America, at the time, and then scrapped it. So we’ve remixed those songs. We’re happy with it. It’s out in the summer, I think.”
And beyond that? “We’ve another EP of songs that we recorded at the same time as ‘Rave Tapes’, and that’ll come out in the autumn. Also, I know we’re doing the soundtrack to the second series of The Returned.” Said show, a great success on its first series, will be broadcast in the UK via Channel 4 later in 2014. (Related: read a Clash feature on The Returned, but be warned of spoilers.)
And on going top 10, Braithwaite commended the role that the hanging-in-there HMV played in the success of ‘Rave Tapes’: “I think a lot of the success of our album, and Wild Beasts’ ‘Present Tense’, going top 10 is to do with HMV staying open. I think if that’d have closed, these things would not have happened.
“I know that in America album sales have been absolutely decimated by Borders shutting, and if HMV had gone it’d have probably had the same effect here. I guess bands like us, people who like us, they’re people who still actually buy music, and we’re grateful for that.”
Mogwai play a variety of festivals this summer, including Primavera Sound, Latitude and Dour. They’re really good. You should totally see them.