Last night, Mogwai played the Roundhouse for the second time in as many nights so we could celebrate their 20th year with them.

Mogwai live is a genuinely physical experience. They're one of those bands that, on seeing them live, you'll never listen to the records in the same way ever again. A career-spanning, 90 minute set followed the band's quiet/loud/quiet/loud/LOUD song structure giving the entire experience the same ebb and flow of one of their career-defining songs. Calm moments in 'Stanley Kubrick' and 'I Know You Are But What Am I?' are played against full-out assaults of 'Batcat', 'Christmas Steps' and 20 minute encore closer 'My Father My King'.

It's like they've built a career around that Hitchcock quote: "There is no terror in the bang, only the anticipation of it." The tension in the room, before tracks like 'Mogwai Fear Satan' do 'that bit' is genuine. We know it's going to come suddenly. We know it does it's going to be so loud it's like some sort of audio warfare. And then seconds after it has arrived it almost euphoric.

There's a reason why Mogwai have been unrivalled at their craft over the last 20 years and it was on show last night. Being able to cherry pick a 90 minute best-of set from your entire career (and to still not even include 'Like Herod'), for it all to fit together so well and then to perform it to a point where it's emotionally and physically draining for both band and audience is rare thing. Happy birthday you beautiful, noisy bastards.

Mogwai @ Roundhouse, London 25/06/15
Mogwai @ Roundhouse, London 25/06/15
Mogwai @ Roundhouse, London 25/06/15
Mogwai @ Roundhouse, London 25/06/15
Mogwai @ Roundhouse, London 25/06/15
Mogwai @ Roundhouse, London 25/06/15
Mogwai @ Roundhouse, London 25/06/15
Mogwai @ Roundhouse, London 25/06/15
Mogwai @ Roundhouse, London 25/06/15
Mogwai @ Roundhouse, London 25/06/15
Mogwai @ Roundhouse, London 25/06/15
Mogwai @ Roundhouse, London 25/06/15
Mogwai @ Roundhouse, London 25/06/15
Mogwai @ Roundhouse, London 25/06/15
Mogwai @ Roundhouse, London 25/06/15
Mogwai @ Roundhouse, London 25/06/15