Mogwai guitarist John Cummings quits band to 'pursue own musical projects'

Veteran axeman ends 20 year stint as group's fourth member

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Scottish rockers Mogwai have announced today that longtime guitarist John Cummings has left the band after 20 years of service.

In a short statement on their website, the group said Cummings had decided to leave to "pursue his own musical projects", and that they would "continue as a four-piece" of bassist Dominic Aitchison, frontman Stuart Braithwaite, drummer Martin Bulloch and multi-instrumentalist Barry Burns.

They also said the band will be joined by two extra musicians during their upcoming live shows - Scott Paterson and Luke Sutherland.

The split appears to have been amicable, with the statement wishing Cummings "all the best with the future."

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Mogwai celebrated their twentieth anniversary earlier this year with a series of high profile shows in the UK, climaxing with two nights at Camden's Roundhouse venue.

Although the band haven't recorded a studio album since 2013s Rave Tapes, they did release a triple disc career-spanning retrospective called Central Belters in October.

The post-rock outfit also wrote the score for BBC Four documentary Storyville: Atomic – Living in Dread and Promise which was broadcast in August. The programme was part of a series to mark the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima in 1945.

Outside of music, Mogwai recently teamed-up with the Edinburgh-based skateboard company Focus to release a limited run of boards and T-shirts. You can check out the merchandise here.

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