Hive Five: Mogwai Dispel Scottish Stereotypes

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Mogwai’s latest epic tome, Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will, finds the band still playing the post-rock game with gusto -- something that’s remained fairly consistent over the years. But we were wondering: How do they feel about those Scottish stereotypes that follow their country around? We asked Mogwai's Stuart Braithwaite about his thoughts on five popular Scottish perceptions.

1.  There’s nothing under those kilts.

Braithwaite: I’ve honestly never worn a kilt in my life. [But] I know traditionally they don’t wear anything under their kilts.

2. Kilt wearing is testament to hardy Scottish manhood.

Braithwaite: Yeah, yeah it is. I would wear a kilt. I just don’t know that I’ve ever been in a circumstance to get one, so I’ve never done it before.

3. Scottish people love haggis.

Braithwaite: To be honest, I’m a big haggis fan. Except I’m a vegetarian, so I eat vegetarian haggis. It’s really good.

4.  Haggis is actually disgusting and people call it blood sausage or something macabre.

Braithwaite: People think it’s a horrendous thing but most meat is filled with blood ... which is really strange that people can eat meat and be appalled by haggis.

5. Scottish people like to booze.

Braithwaite: I don’t think it’s just Scottish people -- it’s the whole of northern Europe. Like Denmark, England and Ireland too. It’s the cold climate; it’s the gloomy cold weather. A nip of whisky on a cold night does do the trick.

Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will is out now on Sub Pop.