Latitude 2014: Mogwai attack the senses at Latitude 2014

Mogwai attack the senses at Latitude 2014

Scottish group headline the BBC Radio 6Music Stage, bringing strobes and hexagons in devilish supply.

Hexagons have never looked so formidable. They’re lined up in rows for Mogwai’s stage set-up; and they’ve been a permanent fixture of the 6Music Stage since the beginning of play. Once these Scots eventually land, they live up to the promise of being the loudest, most uncompromising band on the bill. But in turn, they deliver a set with the odd surprise.

Stuart Braithwaite and co. spend half their time building. Their songs equate to a gust of wind, one that sweeps the conscience up without a moment’s notice, leaves it hanging in limbo for an eternity, before sending it pummelling back down to earth. It’s when they enter with a bang, however, that things turn up a notch. 

Their new record might have been handed the tongue-in-cheek title ‘Rave Tapes’, but it’s the songs on ‘Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will’ that bring out the foreboding strobes. ‘Mexican Grand Phix’ is like an attack, never quitting in raising the pulse over and over again. It sticks to the gut, making an impact with jagged drums, harsh synth lines; everything analog and unforgiving. 

It’s difficult to equate this experience to any of their albums. Songs link seamlessly, each one upping the anti in terms of intensity. By the end it’s like being sucked into a black hole, given an easy exit in the form of two more days on Henham Park. It’s difficult to imagine anything being topped in terms of an attack on the senses, though.

DIY is the official media partner at Latitude 2014. We’ll be bringing you extensive coverage from in and around the fest, and you can find copies of the July 2014 issue in the Latitude supermarket!

Latitude 2014

Read More

Dream a little dream: Whenyoung

Dream a little dream: Whenyoung

Moving from Limerick to London via Dublin, Whenyoung’s debut arrives as an ode to passion, togetherness, leaving small-town thinking behind and following your dreams.

Wake up call: Two Door Cinema Club

Wake up call: Two Door Cinema Club

When Two Door Cinema Club returned from the brink with 2016’s ‘Gameshow’, it was sink or swim. Now, they’re ready to float right to the top of the pack with their most experimental album yet.

Unite and conquer: Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes

Unite and conquer: Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes

Over the last five years, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes have blazed a cathartic trail across the world. As they release third album ‘End of Suffering’, they dig deep for the sake of sparking hope.