Stuart Braithwaite

Named after the infamous furry creatures in the hit movie, 'Gremlins', Mogwai was formed in Glasgow, Scotland, during 1995. Although guitarist Stuart Braithwaite is credited as vocalist, the band typically write lengthy, guitar-based, instrumental compositions that rely heavily on distortion and the clever use of effects. The absence of lyrics in most of Mogwai's songs caused Braithwaite to observe: 'I think most people are not used to having no lyrics to focus on. Lyrics are a real comfort to some people. I guess they like to sing along and when they can't do that with us they can get a bit upset.'