Review: Kissing the Shotgun Goodnight, Oval House

Published in What's on Stage on October 10, 2016

Let’s just say this now: this was a gig, and this is a gig review. It’s a shift in form that Christopher Brett Bailey – whose last show, the acclaimed This Is How We Die, concluded with noisy guitars – set out in a photocopied handout given to the audience, with earplugs. Continue reading “Review: Kissing the Shotgun Goodnight, Oval House”

Mogwai interview: zombie drama gives band a new lease of life

Published in The Independent on Sunday on October 25, 2015

The brilliance of French zombie drama The Returned – which has just, well, returned for Series 2 – is its creepy understatement. The deceased don’t gurgle or stagger; they seek out loved ones, and slide eerily back into their lives. Shot at dusk, every scene is spookily half-lit; just right for the half-living. Then there’s the score from Glasgow post-rockers Mogwai: a chillingly effective mix of subtle, icy melodies, ominous ambient electronics and swells of guitar. Continue reading “Mogwai interview: zombie drama gives band a new lease of life”