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quick take : Mogwai : Hardcore Will Never Die But You Will

13 Mar 2011 · No Comments

Bands that basically sound like Mogwai are practically their own genre by now, so presumably you have an opinion on the master template. Hardcore Will Never Die But You Will offers few surprises (and certainly nothing I’d call hardcore). “San Pedro” and “George Square Thatcher Death Party” flirt with conventional rock tempos and drum strucutres; the latter features vocals autotuned to the outer limit of not sounding like speech synthesis (”Mexican Grand Prix” also has vocals buried in it). But mostly these are the gradually unspooling instrumental exercises in subtle melody and dramatic dynamics exploration that you know and presumably either love or find snooze-inducing. For me, it’s an example of good consistency rather than boring consistency; their ability to straddle the line between “pretty” (even “beautiful”, or “tender”) and noisy (even “heavy,” or “nasty”) continues to impress. And it kinda amazes me that they’re not too deaf by now to craft music this good at the quiet bits.

Tags: 2011 · Sub-pop · experimental · indie rock · m · post-punk · quick take

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