Published Nov 15, 2015Mogwai are one of the world's preeminent post-rock bands, but the Glaswegian outfit have just suffered a setback, as they've lost a member. Guitarist John Cummings has left the band in order to focus on other projects.
Cummings had been with the group since their early days, having joined in time to appear on 1997's debut full-length Mogwai Young Team. He sung the buried vocals on the song "Boring Machines Disturbs Sleep" from 2003's Happy Songs for Happy People; hear that track at the bottom of this page.
While it's not clear exactly what he's going to be doing now that he's left Mogwai, the band's statement on their website confirms that Cummings will remain musically active with other projects.
Mogwai don't intend to replace Cummings, as they will go forward as a four-piece. That being said, they will perform upcoming live shows with a couple of auxiliary players. They recently posted a photo from the studio and confirmed that they're currently in the process of recording a new album at their own Castle of Doom Studios in Glasgow.
It doesn't seem like there are any hard feelings regarding Cummings' departure. Read the band's statement below:
We are sad to announce that John Cummings has decided to leave Mogwai to pursue his own musical projects.
We will continue as a four piece of Dominic Aitchison, Stuart Braithwaite, Martin Bulloch and Barry Burns and shall be joined on our upcoming live shows by Scott Paterson and Luke Sutherland.
We wish John all the best with the future.