Mogwai guitarist John Cummings quits band to ‘pursue own musical projects’

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

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.