Stuart Braithwaite

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Stuart Braithwaite
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Braithwaite performing with Mogwai at the Tavastia Club in Helsinki, Finland in 2011
Background information
Birth name Stuart Leslie Braithwaite
Born (1976-05-10) 10 May 1976 (age 41)
Origin Dalserf, South Lanarkshire, Scotland
Genres Post rock, instrumental rock, art rock
Instruments Guitar, vocals, bass guitar, piano, synthesizer, drums
Years active 1995–present
Labels Rock Action, Wall of Sound, Matador

Stuart Leslie Braithwaite (born 10 May 1976) is a Scottish guitarist, bassist, drummer, singer and songwriter. He is best known as the guitarist of post rock band Mogwai, with whom he has recorded nine studio albums.


Early life (1976–1994)[edit]

Braithwaite grew up listening to records by The Cure, Joy Division, The Stooges, The Velvet Underground, Black Sabbath and other artists. He attended Strathaven Academy from 1987 - 1993. Before playing in Mogwai, Braithwaite fronted a band called Deadcat Motorbike, who broke up in June 1995. Braithwaite also drummed for Scottish band Eska at one point.

Formation and first years of Mogwai (1995–1996)[edit]

Braithwaite met Dominic Aitchison at a Ned's Atomic Dustbin show at the Queen Margaret Union in Glasgow on 10 April 1991, and four years later, along with school friend Martin Bulloch, they formed Mogwai.

Solo work and Rock Action (2000–2002)[edit]

In 2000, Braithwaite played with a band called Mighty Joe Young Trio. In 2000 and 2002, Braithwaite performed solo acoustic shows. In 2002, Braithwaite, Aidan Moffat and Colin "Sheepy" McPherson released an eponymously titled EP called The Sick Anchors.

Also member of British alternative rock supergroup Minor Victories (2015-).


In 2016 Braithwaite took part in a documentary about Glasgow music, and Chemikal Underground Records, called Lost in France. The film was directed by Niall McCann and brought Braithwaite (along with members of The Delgados, Franz Ferdinand and others) to Mauron, Brittany, to recreate a gig they played just after Mogwai had formed. The film features Mogwai live, as well as footage of Braithwaite playing Mogwai tracks solo. It also shows Braithwaite playing live with Alex Kapranos of Franz Ferdinand, and musicians such as Emma Pollock, RM Hubbert, and Holy Mountain, and interviews with Braithwaite and his old label-mates. Lost in France premiered at the Edinburgh International Film Festival to wholly positive reviews and was called "Funny, vital and sobering[1]” by Scotland's arts bible The Skinny.

Musical style[edit]


Braithwaite's musical technique is characterized by the heavy usage of effects pedals,[2] used to create ambient instrumental guitar sounds. As with much music associated with the post-rock style, his playing emphasizes melody and dynamic contrast over virtuosity.

Personal life[edit]

He is a vegan and has worked with PETA.[3]