Oh, how to describe this Scottish band… I just got acquainted with them by listening to their kick-ass performance at KEXP radio station earlier this month. Really cool stuff.
The RF artist page says they are a “post-rock pioneers“. So there you have it, it’s post-rock!
If like me, you have no clue what post-rock is either, here’s a quick Wiki-quote to enlighten you:
Post-rock is a form of experimental rock characterized by use of rock instruments primarily to explore textures and timbre rather than traditional song structure, chords or riffs. Post-rock artists typically unify rock instrumentation with electronics, and are often instrumental. Although firmly rooted in the indie or underground scene of the 1980s and early 1990s, post-rock’s style often bears little resemblance musically to that of contemporary indie rock, departing from rock conventions. Elements may be borrowed from genres such as ambient music, krautrock, IDM, jazz, minimalist classical, and dub reggae.
Prominent post-rock groups include Sigur Rós, Explosions in the Sky, Mono, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Stereolab, Maybeshewill, Mogwai, Disco Inferno, and Tortoise, with individual styles between groups differing widely despite being centered on guitars and drums. As such, the term has been the subject of controversy from listeners and artists alike.
All though I truly recommend you listen to the previously mentioned performance, I realize that it is 30 minutes long and that we don’t all have time for that. SO, here’s one of their more recent songs to give you an idea of what Mogwai’s post-rock sounds like.
And for some of their older (2008) material check out this instrumental head banger:
So yeah, Mogwai (post) rocks!