MORE ROCK ACTION FOR UK AND IRISH FANS

The Scottish band add dates in Dublin and Manchester...

MOGWAI have announced further live dates, following their ICELAND gig with SUPER FURRY ANIMALS frontman GRUFF RHYS, NME.COM can exclusively reveal.

The band launched their world tour at the Idno venue in Reykjavik last week and have announced two extra tour dates. Mogwai now play Dublin Storehouse on April 17 and Manchester Planet K on April 18, in addition to gigs at Rothesay Pavillion, Isle of Bute (April 14) and London Shepherd’s Bush Empire (19).

Mogwai debuted songs from forthcoming album ‘Rock Action’ in Iceland with Rhys performing vocals on new song ‘Dial: Revenge’. The band were joined by four string players from the Royal Academy For Music And Drama.

As soon as they arrived in Reykjavik, Mogwai took the opportunity to label fellow Scottish bands Runrig, Deacon Blue and Simple Minds “a national disgrace” in the capital’s local paper.

Speaking exclusively to NME.COM, Stuart Braithwaite explained the band’s new direction. “We didn’t really have committee meetings about what we were going to do,” he said. “We just went through it all and went, ‘Good, good, shite, shite.'” As to the collaboration with Gruff Rhys, the band joked they employed him because Stuart “couldn’t sing high enough”.

The tour continues in the US before the band reach Britain. Meanwhile, Deftones frontman Chino Moreno has confirmed that he will be singing vocals on an as-yet-untitled Mogwai track.