Around the time that Mogwai recorded the superb 1997 EP '4 Satin', former Teenage Fanclub and Telstar Ponies member Brendan O'Hare joined the lineup in time for the recording of Mogwai's debut studio LP, 'Mogwai Young Team', exiting a short time later to return to his primary projects, Macrocosmica and Fiend. Again a quartet, Mogwai next issued 1998's 'Kicking a Dead Pig', a two-disc remix collection; the 'No Education = No Future' EP appeared a few months later. In 1999, they released 'Come On Die Young'. 'Rock Action' arrived in early 2001.
Late that year, Mogwai released the 'My Father, My King' EP; two years later, they issued the ironically titled 'Happy Songs for Happy People'. 'Government Commissions: BBC Sessions 1996-2004' arrived early in 2005 and 'Mr. Beast', which was released in 2006, found the band going in a softer, more reflective direction. Late that year, the band's collaboration with Clint Mansell on the soundtrack to 'The Fountain' arrived; Mogwai also crafted the score for Douglas Gordon's 'Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait', which was released in the U.K. in 2006 and in the U.S. the following spring. 'The Batcat' EP, which featured a collaboration with garage-psych legend Roky Erickson, arrived in late summer 2008, heralding the release of 'The Hawk Is Howling' which reunited the band with producer Andy Miller for the first time in a decade. In 2010, Mogwai released their first live album, 'Special Moves', as a package with the Vincent Moon-directed concert film 'Burning'.
For 2011's 'Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will', the band reunited with Young Team producer Paul Savage for a more streamlined set of songs. Later that year, Mogwai followed up with an EP of unreleased material from the Hardcore sessions, 'Earth Division', released on Sub Pop. Late in 2012, the band issued 'A Wrenched Virile Lore', a collection of 'Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will' remixes. Early the following year, the first taste of their score to the French zombie TV series 'Les Revenants' (which was based on the 2004 film of the same name) arrived as a four-song EP; in February 2013, the full-length album appeared. The band filled the rest of the year with recording their eighth proper album 'Rave Tapes' at their Castle of Doom studio, live performances of their Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait score in Glasgow, Manchester, and London and other live performances. 'Rave Tapes', which boasted a more streamlined and electronic direction than Mogwai's recent albums, was released in early 2014.