Listen to Mogwai's New Track "Coolverine" From Upcoming Album "Every Country's Sun"
Mon, 15 May 2017 11:12:09
Few bands have the cult following enjoyed by Scottish alternative rock outfit Mogwai, so news of an upcoming album, and the chance to hear new material, in the shape of lead single "Coolverine" has started this week with a bang.
The new album is called "Every Country's Sun" and will be released on September 1st. It's the band's ninth full length studio album, and the first release since the departure of guitarist John Cummings, who left the band in 2015, following the release of their last album Rave Tapes.
Mogwai hasn't exactly been silent since releasing their last studio album, 2014's Rave Tapes. They put out a reworking of their soundtrack to the BBC documentary Storyville — Atomic: Living in Dread and Promise, simply entitled Atomic, last summer.
The album was produced by David Lawrence, known to fans through his music with The Flaming Lips and Mercury Rev. It was recorded after the band exchanged ideas online, via file sharing dropbox, before heading to Chautauqua County in New York State to lay down the full eleven tracks.
Speaking about the new album guitarist Stuart Braithwaite said, "What's going on in the world politically and socially has to affect you, It was very much on our minds, especially in America. We were vaguely getting over the Scottish referendum, then the death of David Bowie, along comes Brexit, and then Trump. The album was written in a very turbulent, intense period so I think it maybe feels like some kind of shield from that? That's maybe just my take. Because it literally was for me."
Just last fall the band teamed up with Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross and Gustavo Santaolalla to contribute to Leonardo DiCaprio's documentary, "Before the Flood", which focuses on climate change. It appears if Mogwai are becoming more active in social and environmental concerns, something which will harness the energy of that undying cult fanbase.
Check out "Coolverine" and count down until September...
—The ARTISTdirect Staff