Mogwai frontman Stuart Braithwaite has told The Big Issue the band are “excited and emotional” after hitting the top of the charts for the first time in their 25-year history.
“It’s been so nerve-racking,” he said, speaking via video call just after he’d heard the good news. “The only thing I can compare it to is, like, a penalty shootout, when it’s the most stressful five minutes of all time – it’s been like that, but half a week. I’ve had no sleep.”
— Mogwai (@mogwaiband) February 26, 2021
The Scottish band’s new album As The Love Continues was confirmed as the UK’s most popular record on Friday February 26, after a nail-biting week which saw famous fans including Elijah Wood, Tim Burgess and The Cure’s Robert Smith support Mogwai’s bid for the top.
“My wife was really psyched when Robert Smith tweeted,” Braithwaite added. “A lot of it [the tweets] was people we know, and bands who’ve toured with us, and that’s great because they didn’t have to do that. But a lot of it was people we don’t know. I mean I’ve never met Elijah Wood!
“That kind of support definitely helped. Maybe some people checked out our record that wouldn’t have.”