Mogwai / And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead

Mogwai/And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead: live in Sydneylive in Sydney (2002)
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Reviewer Rating: 4.5
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Contributed by: rayjayrayjay
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The Metro Theatre, in the heart of Sydney, has had some loud bands there before, but I'm sure no one has EVER shaken the walls the way Mogwai did tonight, and I mean EVER. There is no need to argue, no hardcore, metalcore, whatevercore has or will ever match the aural intensity of Mogwai, no matter .

The Metro Theatre, in the heart of Sydney, has had some loud bands there before, but I'm sure no one has EVER shaken the walls the way Mogwai did tonight, and I mean EVER. There is no need to argue, no hardcore, metalcore, whatevercore has or will ever match the aural intensity of Mogwai, no matter how good they are (and don't get me wrong, I love the 'cores)

Sydney locals Further opened up, and the sound they've been developing since releasing this year's 'Punk Rock Vampires' on Architecture has become nothing short of epic. 'Romance!' was a highlight, but personal favourite, the album's title track fell a little short. All in all though, Further put in a solid performance, something eveyone in Sydney has now come to expect. Quality.

...And you will know us by the trail of dead walked on to the sounds of Willy Wonka ("and if the depth of hell awaken..."), and the eerie perfomance for the night began. Aside from looking very tired (they played the night before in Seatle on the Queens of the Stone Age tour), the boys seemed to be off somewhere else. 'It was there that I saw you' opened their set, with 'Boudelaire' following, it's monstrous riff still solid even if the timing was a little off. 'Another Morning Stoner' built to it's explosive ending well, with the drummer taking the regins on guitar for 'Homage' (This guy went nuts, he ended the show litterally on top of my feet screaming his lungs out). 'How Near How Far' was my personal favourite of the evening, but jet lag seemed to have taken it's toll, and I hope they're a little better at Livid this weekend. Potential.

Finally, Mogwai took the stage. A little backgroud perhaps, these guys are a semi-instrumental art rock band from Glasgow, Scotland, and are self described snotty punks. And they are fucking loud. The wall of sound they produce is very much earth shattering, but it only adds to the effect. Opeing with 'You Don't Know Jesus', a lot of people were genuinely shocked by the noise, but it didn't stop some people simple screaming from pure ecstacy. This really was noise as art. 'Helicon 1' was suitably amazing, 'Secret Pint' hit a low point one would not think Mogwai could reaching, considering the sound they produce. '2 Rights Make 1 Wrong' I initially thought was a let down, as it didn't hit the peak in the middle the recorded version on 'Rock Action' did, but my mouth was shut at the end when primarily Stuart Braithwaite reworked the song to hit a new pinnacle. The encore hit a huge high with the 30 plus minute reworked Hebrew prayer 'My Father My King', and I swear that after the nearly 2 hours of music people still thought there was plenty more to come. There wasn't, unfourtunately, and my only complaint (except for the fact Xmas Steps wasn't played) is that it was over seemingly so soon.

Stunning. Absolutely stunning.


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Anonymous (October 22, 2002)

Organized religion is for sheep....which many of you people are.

Anonymous (October 21, 2002)

You don't want to sound stupid but if it's religious it's ignorant therefore you won't listen to it? Well, so much for the not sounding stupid part... I'm sorry but that is a terrible way to look at things. I am NOT a religous person but I'm not going to sit there and say i won't listen to something just because it's religous. I guarentee that you don't agree politically or socially with every single band you listen to, there's no way you could, yet you still listen to them. Religous bands are out there doing there thing and singing about the things that are important to them, just like any other secular band....

rayjay (October 20, 2002)

nope. not religious at all.

Anonymous (October 20, 2002)

Hey, I dont wanna sound stupid, but Mogwai isn't a religious band right? I mean, I don't wanna listen to something ignorant, so if its religious I won't listen to it.

Anonymous (October 19, 2002)

What is all this "more intense than thou" crap. You people are ridiculous sometimes. Sheesh. Mogwai is superb.

Anonymous (October 18, 2002)

idiot, that song is the only song of all black flag songs that is funny, if you new anything about them, you'd know that you fuckin idiot. Plus that song is sarcastic, it isn't about them, it's about fat people who sit around and drink beer all day. You are obviously a fucking idiot who knows NOTHING about black flag, go listen to a song like nothing left inside or forever time you fool. die.

Anonymous (October 18, 2002)

that one song by black flag about him and his friends drinking beer and watching tv is FUCKING intense...wow

Anonymous (October 18, 2002)

Black Flag live is the most brutal band imaginable, Rollins is like a snarling beast trying to escape it's cage. Lean, mean, animal machine.

Anonymous (October 18, 2002)

Cro Mags over black Flag? Are you kidding? Have u ever seen the flag live? you must be nuts!

Anonymous (October 17, 2002)

Seeing as how I've never seen Mogwai, but I've bought an ex of mine a ticket to go see them, I'll take your word and hers in believing they are intense. It never really did it for me on record, but live can be a totally different story.

And seeing as how I'd probably be seen as a hardcore kid in most circles, I'd like to see how I am a "shirtless gay basher."

And besides, I really doubt that calling homophobes insecure of their sexuality is really accurate, come on, it's truly just another way to make fun of them. (which is ok, i suppose)

That being said, maybe some should check out Hatebreed's set at the last Hellfest. Maybe some might think Mogwai was more intense live, but I'm sure they'd have a problem convincing a lot of the kids there.

And for the record, I pick the Cro Mags over Black Flag. Hehe.


Anonymous (October 17, 2002)

First off, great review! I always want to give kudos to the ones I read that are well written and informative and this one DEFINELTY is. Please keep up the good work and keep writing reviews. On the whole hardcore debate, I'm going to have to say that hardcore can be very intense. Almost all types of music can be... Bands such as Hope Conspiracy and American Nightmare both are not incredibly technical albums and is just straight out brutal screaming hardcore. Yet for some reason they always seem to be in my cd player... I think the whole basis of hardcore music IS passion and intensity, getting caught up in the music. I know that this is just another debate that will never be settled but i think it is fairly ignorant to say that there is "No Argument" over this. I love hardcore, I love black flag and Mogwai as well and I find these bands all "intense" Keep an open mind...

abileneINlove (October 17, 2002)

Sounds like a killer show.

I agree with Jimi in hardcore is boring, yet bands like Dillinger Four and Twelve Hour Turn (r.i.p.?) have continually reinvented the genre.

Yet have not we all flying kicked into a circle pit, from thence floor punching and spiraling into your crew, fists flailing?

Anonymous (October 16, 2002)

hey, where in the middle of PA? i'm at penn state out in the middle of nowhere...

Anonymous (October 16, 2002)

hey hun... you can nail me anytime, definitely get my attention

hah, sorry, it's a terrible joke i know, but it was in my head....

anyways, yea, mogwai... sounds really good live, i may hafta check them out if they ever come by here*

*middle of nowhere PA

Anonymous (October 16, 2002)

No, it wouldn't ake me just as bad as him, I'm just letting him know that he needs to quit bagging on other people, not a hard nail, just one to get attention.

Anonymous (October 16, 2002)

jason reese, trail of dead's drummer, is quite the performer.

Anonymous (October 16, 2002)

Um..if you nail that guys face in aren't you just as bad as him?

Anonymous (October 16, 2002)

There's nothing wrong with running around in a circle pit wih your shirt off. Quit stereo typing, hardcore is cool, Black Flag is the ultimate best band ever, and gay bashing is for insecure idiots. Hardcore isn't about bashing gays or being a jock, it's about angry music and expressing any of the anger that lurks within you, it just seems to attract some people who are only interested in hurting people- those are the idiots and that is not what hardcore was meant to be. Thankfully, I protect people in the pit- any guy who starts acting like a prick and beating on kids, I'll nail his face in!

Anonymous (October 16, 2002)

"Wow that was clever. With that single comment you won me over, you proved that hardcore is more intense by gay-bashing some person you don't know, who probably isn't even gay. Thank God you saved the world and showed us hardcore is more intense then everything else ever."

That's what hardcore kids do...gay-bash and run around in a circle pit with their shirts off...jock-core to the max.

And yes, Black Flag is intense... hardcore is not...


Anonymous (October 16, 2002)

People who bash gays are just insecure about their own sexuality. But yes, Black Flag is easily the most intense band I've ever seen live. But this band is intense too.

Anonymous (October 16, 2002)

"Go eat a dick you fucking faggot"

Wow that was clever. With that single comment you won me over, you proved that hardcore is more intense by gay-bashing some person you don't know, who probably isn't even gay. Thank God you saved the world and showed us hardcore is more intense then everything else ever.

Hamish (October 16, 2002)

Different music can be intense in different ways. Black Flag was intense. Mogwai is intense.

Anonymous (October 16, 2002)

I mean theres no arguing it.

Anonymous (October 16, 2002)

Black Flag. Period. Ten Times More Intense Than This. Sorry Pal, There' No Arguing It.

Anonymous (October 16, 2002)

Yes thats right. hardcore's not intense at all. Go eat a dick you fucking faggot. Then go spell your name right and get off the indie rock jock wagon..

Anonymous (October 16, 2002)

no, i'm sure you couldn't name ANY hardcore bands more intense....because hardcore isn't intense, it's boring...

Mogwai is intense...get over it....

Oh man, a 30 minute reworking of "My Father, My King" must have been excellent....did they play "take me somewhere nice?" That's gotta be my favorite Mogwai song...

Great review...


Anonymous (October 16, 2002)

Excellent, albeit short review. Nice to hear someone who actually knows something about the bands write rather than 'uh.. i think they played 2 songs off this album and they ROCKED... man!'

Anonymous (October 16, 2002)

I can name some hardcore bands more intense.

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