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Mogwai on the move: The band keeps busy working on music, TV & more

Scottish post-rock band Mogwai is touring in support of its eighth studio album, “Rave Tapes.”

Scottish post-rock band Mogwai is touring in support of its eighth studio album, “Rave Tapes.”

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The members of Scottish post-rock band Mogwai don’t have much downtime. Between making music for themselves or recording a movie soundtrack or appearing on a TV show, the band’s days seem to be filled up.

“We’ve never really tried to balance that much before,” says John Cummings. “We’re certainly at the point to where we have to balance it or else we’ll go crazy.”

Cummings is one of the five members of the band. He works alongside Stuart Braithwaite, Dominic Aitchison, Martin Bulloch and Barry Burns.

The band released its eighth studio album, “Rave Tapes,” on Jan. 20 to amazing reviews.

Cummings says working on “Rave Tapes” was a little intense because the band had a definite deadline.

He says Mogwai was working on the soundtrack to “Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait” back in July.

By October, the band completed “Rave Tapes,” which was a quick turnover for it.

“We were working on songs and were so focused,” he says. “At one point, we had to cast the net bigger for ourselves while working on the album. Because we were so focused, we noticed that we weren’t allowing ourselves to be more free.”

Mogwai wrote and recorded “Rave Tapes” at the band’s Castle of Doom studio in Glasgow, Scotland.

The members worked with Paul Savage, who also worked on their 2011 Sub Pop album, “Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will.”

“Working with Paul again was amazing because we didn’t have to start from scratch,” he says. “He knew our working style and we knew how he works. We didn’t need to have this introduction time and just got right to work.”

Cummings says he can’t wait to get on the road and perform the new songs.

“This is what we do,” he says. “We make records and then tour for a long time to support them. It’s the name of the game and we enjoy it.”

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