Mogwai’s Stuart Braithwaite has said the band came up with their new album title ‘Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will’ after a bizarre run-in at an off-licence.
The frontman said that the phrase was overheard by a friend around the time the band were considering album titles, and that it immediately stood out.
“A friend of James Hamilton – the drummer from Errors – heard a ‘ned’ say it,” he explained, adding: “A chav is what I suppose you would call a ‘ned’ in England. Anyway, he apparently just came out with it and said it to a shopkeeper who wouldn’t sell him wine because he was too young.”
Braithwaite added that the phrase seems to have gone down well among the band’s fans.
“People like it! We actually had a really hard time coming up with the title,” he said. “We were really close to calling it a load of tragically bad stuff. The worst one was ‘Mega Album 7’, which is absolutely horrendous. I mean, I’m the master of the album titles, but I just wasn’t really feeling it.”
Speaking of the recording process for the album, which is due out on February 14, Braithwaite said: “It’s been quite full-on because we weren’t all living in Scotland when we were writing it. John [Cummings, guitarist] lives in New York and Barry [Burns, guitars and keyboards] lives in Berlin. We were writing the album via email so it was different. When we actually got together to play the songs it was probably the hardest we’ve worked.”
A 26-minute track called ‘The Singing Mountain’ will be included on bonus editions of the album, and Braithwaite revealed that the volcanic ash cloud, which disrupted air traffic around the world in April, had a hand in the song’s recording process.
“Oh my god, that was really tortuous! Barry wrote the music when the ash cloud thing happened, but he literally couldn’t get back to Scotland so we never got to play it together,” he recalled. “It kind of got pieced together in the studio. It’s an unbelievably complicated piece of music, but it’s good. And it’s also the polar opposite of the actual album too, which sounds like New Order pop songs.”