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Mogwai return with their third full length LP and contrary to rumour, half-truth and wilful disinformation the new record is called Rock Action (working titles have included Exorcist III, Public Notice: Unattended Children Will Be Sold As Slaves’ and Pardon Our Dust As We Grow To Serve You Better.) Rock Action comes two years after the groundbreaking and magnificent Come On Die Young.
Rock Action cuts a very different cloth to that of old. Mogwai have done with the double albums, done with the post rock schtick. Rock Action sees a considerable leap in the songwriting talent of the band — including, for the first time, significant contributions from Barry Burns (Burns joined at the tail end of the CODY sessions). This is a group simultaneously focused and unhinged, as rooted in tradition as they are compelled to refute conventional practice. They’re just as likely to stroke your head as mess with it, but they’ll do that too, because they can and because it’s necessary. Mogwai love rock, but take offense at so much of what calls itself “rock.” All of which begins to explain how Mogwai come to be where they are at this very moment: poised to release a record titled Rock Action.