Ahead of the release of their new album, 'Rock Action', Mogwai have announced details of two gigs...

MOGWAI are inviting fans to join them on a ferry to the ISLE OF BUTE off the West Coast of SCOTLAND for a special gig to launch their new album, ‘ROCK ACTION’.

The band’s first UK gig in a year takes place at the 1,000-capacity Rothesay Pavilion on April 14, and the band will be selling tickets which include coach travel from Glasgow and a 40-minute crossing from Wemyss Bay to Rothesay aboard a specially chartered ferry, which will be the only means of return from Bute after the show. Tickets without travel are also available.

Keyboard player Barry Burns told NME.COM: “We’re dying to go gigging again because we’ve not played for a while, and this is going to be fantastic. No one has ever played there before, except for Leo Sayer and Lindisfarne, apparently. We used to go there when we were kids. It’s a bit like the French Riviera of Scotland, but with all these dilapidated crazy-golf courses.”

Mogwai will play a full set with a string and brass section. Fans will be able to travel back with Mogwai on the ferry if they have a ticket including travel, which costs #18.50. They can then go on to a club night on the Renfrew Ferry, a former passenger ferry now docked on the River Clyde in central Glasgow.

Burns said: “Tickets are cheap and I reckon we’ve done a pretty good job on it. Compare it to, say, Richard Ashcroft at Brixton Academy [also #18.50].”

Further information is available from the info line 0131 554 6776 or at the Mogwai website, [url=]www.mogwai.co.uk.

The band have also announced a gig at London Shepherd’s Bush Empire on April 19. Tickets are priced #12.50 from the 24-hour NME Ticketline. More UK dates will be announced shortly.

Burns has also revealed that their new album, ‘Rock Action’, released on April 23 through Southpaw Recordings, will not have any single releases to accompany it. “I just think singles are a rip-off when they’re already on the album,” he told NME.COM. “People don’t buy a lot of singles as it is.”

Asked if Mogwai would be likely to play with Manic Street Preachers following their support slots in 1998, Burns said: “No, they can support us in America, though. They don’t sell many records out there.”

As previously revealed on NME.COM, Mogwai play a one-off gig in Reykjavik next month and then head out on a US tour.

In further Mogwai news, clips of three tracks from last year’s highly limited-edition ‘Travels And Constants EP’ are being streamed on their official site. The single, which is now completely sold out, featured three tracks, ‘Quiet Stereo Dee’, ‘Untitled’ and ‘Arundel’, a cover of the Papa M song.

And finally, the band will be releasing a one-off EP from David Pajo’s Papa M through their own label, which is also called ‘Rock Action’, on March 26. ‘Papa M Sings’ features six tracks, ‘Jaded Lover’, ‘Pissing In The Wind’, ‘I Of Mine’, ‘True Love’, ‘Who I Am’ and ‘London Homesick Blues’. Samples of tracks from the EP are currently being streamed on the Mogwai website.