25 years on from the release of the band’s debut single, Mogwai’s tenth studio album As The Love Continues opens at No.1 on the UK Official Albums Chart, their first Number One album.
We’re delighted for the band and hope that it this achievement helps to shine a light on the great music that is consistently released by Scottish independent artists.
You can read our interview with Stuart Braithwaite, discussing As the Love Continues, here.
Mogwai’s Stuart Braithwaite said: ‘We’re unbelievably happy to have the Number One album in the UK. We want to thank everyone at Rock Action Records – both of you – and mostly to thank everyone who has bought, downloaded and streamed the album, and supported us over the last week, and the last 25 years. It’s something we’re amazed by. We’re taken aback by everyone’s support, kindness and generosity.‘
‘It is 25 years this week we released our first single ‘Tuner/Lower’, the first release on our own label Rock Action Records. We didn’t start the band or the label to get into the charts. None of us ever envisaged either the band or the label being in a position where having a Number One record would be a possibility.‘
‘We started the label with a loan of £400 from my now-brother in law. Martin’s folks generously helped us out by paying for the studio to record the songs. We were just kids that wanted to make an amazing noise and get our record played on John Peel. Amazingly John did play the record, and one thing led to another to get us to the point we’re at now. It’s been an incredible journey making music together over the last quarter century, taking us to places we never dreamed of and getting to play our music to more people than we ever imagined.‘
As the Love Continues is available to stream and buy from mogwai.bandcamp.com