Brighton’s The Academy of Sun were surely born to play this gig. Theatrical, meaningful and shambolically dramatic, TAOS are led by a tall creature called Nick Hudson, who magnificently snarls his way through a set that is much more illustrious than might be expected for a Sunday night from a first support act. Self-labelled, “Queer, gnostic post-punk”, the group bow to Nick Cave and Morrissey on some tracks and it is fairly obvious why Julian Cope is counted as one of their admirers on others. Part crooner, part diva, for all of his influences, Hudson is entirely unique as a frontman, which makes TAOS a band to be intrigued by on the local scene and, given the waves they appear to be making, further afield.
KIN is an original soundtrack album by Scottish post-rock band Mogwai, released on 31st August 2018 on their own Rock Action. Active since the 90s, Mogwai have previously scored documentaries (Zidane, Atomic, Before the Flood, amongst others), but this is their first full film soundtrack. Directed by the brothers Jonathan and Josh Baker, the film stars Jack Reynor, Zoe Kravitz, James Franco and Dennis Quaid, and is a high-octane thriller that gets its UK release November. Following shows at Latitude, Primavera Sound in Barcelona, and the Robert Smith-curated Meltdown festival this year, they’ve got a short UK tour coming up, supported by fellow Glasweigans The Twilight Sad, including a sold out date at the Dome in Brighton. Founder and guitarist Stuart Braithwaite talks to Jeff Hemmings about the film, ‘donuts’, and their penchant for loud music.
‘Funeral Pyre’ is the new single from Mogwai’s latest release, KIN: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, which is out now via their Rock Action label. The ambient and emotive instrumental track follows previous singles ‘Donuts’ and ‘We’re Not Done Yet (End Title)’.
Increasingly becoming just as prolific in releasing documentary soundtracks as they are with regular studio albums, this time Mogwai have returned with their first movie soundtrack. Though the reviews have not been favourable for the Jonathan and Josh Baker film Kin, the soundtrack continues the rich vein of form from the Scottish band in what has been a stellar 12 months. With their biggest ever headline tour culminating in a huge show at Glasgow’s SSE Hydro Arena last December, they are showing no signs of slowing down just yet.