Sometimes life can play the cruelest tricks on you and in the end you still get away with something you like to remember. In my case I was supposed to fly to Japan on March 14th and we all know why that didn’t materialize as planned. As painful and heartwrenching as it is, I still got some sort of a consolation prize with a ticket for the Mogwai show which was set to take place in Cologne on the exact same date.
To be honest I discovered Mogwai pretty late and I am not that familiar with all their albums, but I was really looking forward to the show from the time a friend offered me a ticket. They don’t come cheap, I can tell you that, but they were worth every cent.
Live Music Hall isn’t the hippest place to attend a show at since it’s way too big, the security at the entrance is way too unfriendly and the beer is much too expensive. Scheduled to take place at the Stollwerck, a way better fit because of its extremely high ceiling, they moved the concert to the LMH as demand was high, I guess.
Up first was somebody playing classic guitar which sounded much more like a flamenco folklore than a post-rock show and, to be honest, I wasn’t really interested, so I waited outside. When Mogwai hit the stage the place was packed, but didn’t appear to be sold out, so standing in the middle of the room wasn’t as tough as expected. They were playing a lot of new songs, and although they had a huge screen showing short clips in the back (what seems to be a must have with “epic” bands right now), somehow the show didn’t get boring at all. See, the problem I have with those instrumental post-rock bands is that they reproduce their records note by note. And by “reproduce” I mean that it literally sounds just like the record. No room for improvisation or experiments. Which is cool, don’t get me wrong. But sometimes I expect a bit too much, I guess.
Not this time, Mogwai were right on the money. A great show with a few encores which revealed a lighter side to the band as they were talking about how grateful they were to play to the Cologne audience because the crowd the night before seemed to be quite horrible. And even a near perfect band as them gets things wrong from time to time, although they were blaming it on the equipment.
All in all a great evening!