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Mogwai gear up for Splendour

SCOTTISH soundscape sculptors Mogwai will showcase their latest album at a hopefully dry Woodford at Splendour in the Grass.

The five-piece instrumental outfit played at a very muddy Splendour in 2006 and the performance earned them a swag of new fans.

Back in fine form with their seventh studio album Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will, guitarist Barry Burns tells Group Entertainment Editor Seanna Cronin how the band plans to share plenty of their cheekily titled new record with Splendour festival goers.

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Q: Last year at Splendour in the Grass, Mumford and Sons were clearly moved by the 10,000 people singing along to their songs. As a band without a lead singer or lyrics for the most part, what is the highlight for you at a live show?

A: Actually, I'd like to see 10,000 people try to sing along with one of our songs. I suppose if you just opened your mouth and tried to make that noise your television makes when it is between channels for 20 minutes you'd be well on your way. There is no specific highlight at our shows. The whole performance is always like a dragon's mating ritual. Imagine that.
Q: Only a week before you come to Splendour in the Grass you'll be playing at the iTunes Festival, which features a different act every day for 31 days. Sounds like a pretty cool concept, why did you sign up?

A: Free iPods and balloons. Not even... I'm sure it will be a good way of getting people to hear our music that may not have already. This may be a good or bad thing depending on their taste.
Q: In the FAQ's on your website you mention wanting to compose a film score or two, are you guys any closer to that?

A: We've done one already called Zidane but we'd like to do more. The only thing is that people tend to use our existing music in films rather than commission us to do anything and there's not much we can do to change that. It's a bit of an annoyance but we're keen to do something.
Q: What are you memories of your performance at the 2006 Splendour in the Grass festival? I remember a lot of people talking about it.

A: I remember it was very, very rainy and muddy and a guy called Duckpond was there trying to entertain the troops so to speak. I can't actually remember the show because my memory is pretty bad and often they merge into each other but I am looking forward to playing and I have a few friends in that neck of the woods too.
 Q: And what have you got planned for this year's Splendour? We're hoping for plenty of songs from Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will.

A: Yeah, we'll hopefully play plenty of the new album. We're happy but surprised at how people have reacted to this record and the shows so far have been a lot of fun.
Q: I've read quite a few reviews which see Hardcore Will Never Die as a return to the band's roots, do you agree?

A: Absolutely not, no. It's about as far as you could go away from our first album. Now I am going to Google what you said and find the offending articles, issue some death threats, etc.

Splendour in the Grass plays Woodford on July 29-31.

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