Good news for people who like Modest Mouse news: Modest Mouse finally released their long-gestating, briefly-delayed sixth record Strangers To Ourselves yesterday, and marked the occasion with an appearance on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon. Continue reading
Though there was some disappointment at Modest Mouse delaying the release of their first album in eight years by a few weeks, it’s starting to seem like the band pushed back the date so that they could release as much of the album as possible track by track. Continue reading
Shit Luck for fans anticipating the first new Modest Mouse record in eight years, as Isaac Brock and co. have pushed back the release date of Strangers to Ourselves from March 3 to March 17. Perhaps they need the extra time to prep for their The Tonight Show appearance on that same day. Continue reading
posted by: Greg Chow
Saw a lot of music this year. While it was a less exciting year, personally, than 2013, I saw a lot more music than ever before. Here are some thoughts on the music I saw and heard in 2014.
Indie rock stalwarts Modest Mouse have been relatively quiet in the last few years, with only an EP and a couple new live songs since their last full length, 2007’s We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank. So it was a pleasant surprise when they announced a run of tour dates this year. Though they began as a trio (with original bassist Eric Judy departing in 2012), the band has swelled to include a second drummer, guitar player, violinist, and a couple of horns.
Modest Mouse are rumored to be working–slowly–on a new record, but the setlist at The Masonic only included three new songs, “Lampshades on Fire,” “Sugar Boats,” and “Shit in Your Cut.” The latter was part of a “shit”-heavy encore that also included “Shit Luck” and “Talking Shit About Pretty Sunset.” The rest of the 20+ song set was filled out by a healthy mix of singles, deep cuts, and b-sides. The highlight, as it is at pretty much every Modest Mouse show, was the incendiary “Doin’ the Cockroach.”
Modest Mouse have been around for 20 years now, and maybe Isaac Brock can’t hit all the high notes anymore, but he doesn’t seem to have lost any energy, enthusiasm, or 90s haircuts. And if you woke up this morning and decided you desperately needed to see almost 50 new Modest Mouse live photos, hey, it’s your lucky day!