While the slapping of stylistic labels onto music may irk bands, such terms are often warranted, accurate, and most importantly, not necessarily negative. Scottish rockers Mogwai hold a laundry list of said labels: Progressive, instrumental, indie, ambient, punk, post-rockers. The band upheld each and every one these styles Tuesday night at Warehouse Live.
"Good evening, it's good to be here," announced guitarist/singer Stuart Braithwaite, to a crowd that would have packed Warehouse's Studio, but only half-filled its Ballroom. Braithwaite's greeting would be among the only words spoken throughout Mogwai's hour-plus set.
The band, touring in support of its seventh album, this year's amusingly named Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will. Album opener "White Noise" also opened the band's live set, a vast screen of illuminated constellation-like orbs, shapes, and stars behind them.