Photo by Patrick Doyle
For all their fancy gigs at the Albert Hall, Mogwai also do a pretty good job at grassroots A&R-ing with their Rock Action label. A few years ago they had this great band from Liverpool called Kling Klang that sounded like Kraftwerk and Goblin. Now Mogwai’s Stuart Braithwaite is championing this new Glasgow band, Errors. They’re a perky young glitch-rock electro-pop act who spaz out onstage with laptops and everything.
Here they all are talking about food.
Stuart Braithwaite: Simon, tell us what you’re eating just now. It’s pretty gourmet.
Simon Ward (laptop/synths): This is cheesy beans on toast, cheese beanos. I think it’s mozzarella though, so it’s pretty fancy. It’s fine. A good snack, I like it in the morning too so it can be an all day thing.
Where do you guys stand on the proclamation that eating cheese late at night gives you nightmares?
Simon: I kind of believe it. I don’t eat cheese late at night for exactly that reason.
Steev Livingstone (synths): It’s bollocks. I have amazing sleep at night when I have cheese. If I make my supper or I get up in the middle of the night, I find it brilliant.
Greg Paterson (guitar): I ate pakora last night and had a totally fucked-up nightmare with people getting their tongues ripped out of their heads.
So what’s the best thing you can cook?
Steev: Spaghetti Carbonara.
Simon: I’m quite good at cakes and things, I think. I can do fruit loaves too but cakes are much more fun.
Greg: I’ve made a few pastas and stuff. Though normally I’ll take all the shittest-looking ingredients and try and make something out of it since I can’t be arsed going to the shops. I end up with peanut butter on toast with tuna and some thousand-island sauce or something.
When Mogwai were in Japan last week, Barry (Burns) and I were “encouraged” to eat raw chicken. Apparently it’s really good and it’s “OK” because it’s all naturally farmed.
Steev: Did you eat it?
DID I FUCK! It tastes nice cooked so why eat it raw? When we were in Thailand once they had dried-out insects as well with sugar and stuff on it. One time John (Cummings) and Brendan O’Hare found a snail on a bin at the side of a Travelodge. They boiled it in a kettle, ate it, and said it was a delicacy called “Snail ’Aff A Bin”. Those were the days.
Errors’ How Clean Is Your Acid House? EP is out now on Rock Action.