Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

THE WHOLE ELECTION FELT LIKE A SLOW MOTION CAR CRASH; Scottish Post-Rockers Mogwai Spent Much of Last Year Recording Their Latest Album in the States against the Backdrop of Donald Trump's Rise to Power. Guitarist Stuart Braithwaite Discusses Their Two-Decade Career and the Impact of Austerity on Music with JOE NERSSESSIAN

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

THE WHOLE ELECTION FELT LIKE A SLOW MOTION CAR CRASH; Scottish Post-Rockers Mogwai Spent Much of Last Year Recording Their Latest Album in the States against the Backdrop of Donald Trump's Rise to Power. Guitarist Stuart Braithwaite Discusses Their Two-Decade Career and the Impact of Austerity on Music with JOE NERSSESSIAN

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Byline: JOE NERSSESSIAN

CAR FEW bands reach their third decade intact. Even fewer manage to release nine albums across 22 years, losing just one member in the process.

But Scottish post-rockers Mogwai have. And all while managing to remain an outfit that can turn its hand to an array of projects, such as scoring both a football documentary and a nuclear history film.

They returned in a more traditional format this year with their ninth studio album Every Country's Sun (minus guitarist and keyboardist John Cummings, who left for a solo career in 2015).

The band's guitarist Stuart Braithwaite is supposed to be talking about the record and a few upcoming shows, but he seems far more interested in bemoaning the current state of the world.

The Tories are a "despicable bunch", Brexit is like "approaching an iceberg" and US President Donald Trump is an "incomplete human being", he says, in-between snippets of conversation about the Scottish four-piece's recent effort.

The record landed in September but was completed in January - and Mogwai arrived in the US to start recording it just before Mr Trump was elected.

Thus their whole time in the studio was set against a backdrop of drama as the world watched power transfer from Barack Obama to Mr Trump.

"The whole election felt like a slow motion car crash," Stuart says. "And then, to be there when Trump won, it was really weird. We finished mixing just after he got inaugurated so we were there for all of the horror."

Their first album since Cummings's exit, they decided to sign up psyche-rock veteran Dave Fridmann (Mercury Rev, The Flaming Lips, Tame Impala, MGMT) on production and headed to his isolated studios in New York state to put down their ideas.

Stuart The resulting effort charted at number six, their highest ever position and only their second ever top-10 studio record after 2014's Rave Tapes.

Forgetting the music again, Stuart returns to his number one target.

"He [Trump] doesn't seem to have any empathy, any intelligence, he just seems to be a genuinely awful person on every level."

Stuart is equally scathing when discussing the politics of the music industry. …

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