Published Jan 20, 2017Though they're currently on the road bringing their Atomic score to North American audiences, Scottish experimental rockers Mogwai seem to have something else up their sleeves if a mysterious countdown clock is anything to go by.
UPDATE (01/23, 10:29 a.m. EST): The band's countdown clock has revealed an arena performance in their native Glasgow that will take place on December 16, 2017 at SSE Hydro. Tickets will go on sale this Friday (January 27) at 9 a.m. through the band's website here.
The band are teasing an announcement through their social media channels using hashtag #MogwaiAnnounce and the URL mogwaiannounce.com, both prominently displaying their young team logo. Upon loading the website, a countdown clock appears, indicating that an announcement will be made nearly three days from now.
Glasgow record store LoveMusic may know more about what's to come, telling its Twitter followers to "Watch the skies!! (and your pound coins)" in tweeting images of the announcement logo on a poster and coins bearing the symbol. You can find that bit of evidence in the tweets at the bottom of the page.
While clues as to what the announcement could be are few and far between, it isn't unreasonable to think the clock could point at a new studio album. Mogwai's last proper LP came in 2014 with Rave Tapes. It's also worth pointing out that 2017 also marks the 20th anniversary of the band's classic Young Team album, so some sort of tour or celebration don't seem entirely out of the question.
As previously reported, the band are bringing their Atomic score to North America this month. The shows will feature the band performing their score while the Mark Cousins-directed documentary screens behind them. You can see all the upcoming dates here.
"The Atomic soundtrack is one of the most intense and fulfilling projects we've taken on as a band," Mogwai's Stuart Braithwaite said in a statement. "Ever since we went to Hiroshima to play and visited the peace park this has been a subject very close to us. The end results, both the film score and the record are pieces I'm extremely proud of."
Stay tuned for further details on the countdown as they emerge.