Work on third album 'Rock Action' is now complete, and it is due for an April release...
MOGWAI are to debut material from their new album, ‘ROCK ACTION’, at a one-off gig in REYKJAVIK, NME.COM can exclusively reveal.
As announced last week, the album – whose working titles have included ‘Exorcist III’, ‘Public Notice: Unattended Children Will Be Sold As Slaves’ and ‘Pardon Our Dust As We Grow To Serve You Better’ – is released on April 23.
Before that, they play their first European date of the year in Reykjavik on March 14, where they will preview some of the tracks off their third album, which was completed just before Christmas.
‘Rock Action’, which for the first time has major contributions from keyboard player Barry Burns, will be their first release for new independent imprint Southpaw Recordings and sees frontman Stuart Braithwaite take up the mic again for a rare vocal appearance.
Making reference to the swathe of post-rock bands who have trundled in Mogwai’s wake, he said: “Look, there are a lot of bands making the kind of records Mogwai made two or more years ago, so we had to make something different. We’ve brought on the banjos, the violins, the trombones and I did some singing. There’s still noise, though.”
Mogwai have worked on it in Glasgow and Tarbox Studios in New York with Tony Doogan, who worked on The Delgados’ Mercury-nominated ‘The Great Eastern’, and Dave Fridmann, who produced their second album, ‘Come On Die Young’, and is best known for his work with Mercury Rev and The Flaming Lips.
The album – which has been described as being “peppered with spastic magic” features instrumental contributions from Dave Pajo (Papa M/Slint), who played a gig with Braithwaite in Glasgow last week, and electronica duo Remote Viewer. Additionally, Super Furry Animals? Gruff Rhys adds vocals on ‘Dial:Revenge’. Other track titles include ‘Take Me Somewhere Nice’ and ‘Secret Pint’.