Generally considered the forefather of instrumental post-rock Mogwai formed in 1995 in Glasgow and has continued to develop the genre ever since. Known for its lengthy songs filled equally with powerful crescendos and quiet melodic moments, the five-piece possesses the talent to constantly keep the listener interested and eagerly awaiting the music's next progression. The group's penchant for distortion pedals and thick walls of sound have given critics reason to link it to the shoegaze genre, and its brutal, guitar-driven soundscapes have likened its music to symphonic metal; while these musical styles evidently are influences in Mogwai's music, the band creates music distinctly its own. Mogwai's live shows are known to overwhelm the audience with sound and light effects, completely absorbing each audience member into the overall performance.
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