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Modest Mouse at The Capitol Theatre (October 13, 2017)

By Will Oliver, October 24th 2017

Modest Mouse may have released their latest album Strangers to Ourselves in 2015 (when we last saw them), but the band have kept plenty busy on the road, returning to us here in New York for a two-night run in Port Chester at The Capitol Theatre – where we caught night one on Friday, October 13.

The night kicked off with a performance from fellow Portland, Oregon indie rockers Mimicking Birds who delighted the crowd with a lovely set that got things off quite nicely. They’ll return next year with their new album Layers of Us via Glacial Pace Recordings.

No matter how many times I see Modest Mouse perform live, I can go in knowing that I won’t be able to predict what they play, which is almost never the case. Isaac Brock and the rest of the band always keep it fresh every night, giving each crowd a unique performance that won’t be repeated in the same fashion twice.
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Modest Mouse at The Space at Westbury (October 22, 2015)

By Will Oliver, February 27th 2016 — with 1 comment

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Back on October 22, Modest Mouse returned once again to New York, this time to Long Island, for a performance at The Space at Westbury. It was my first time venturing out to The Space at Westbury for a show, but it was on the whole a very pleasant experience. The venue is very modern and clean, and slightly more intimate than places Modest Mouse normally play (aside from that fantastic performance at Webster Hall last March, right when their new record Strangers to Ourselves was released via Epic Records.

As expected, the setlist did feature plenty from the new record, but also plenty of favorites from across their long and favored career. After seeing them nearly 4-5 times now, it was actually the first time that I heard them play “Float On,” and I’d be lying to you if that didn’t frustrate me a bit. I can understand that Isaac Brock is probably well tired of it by now, but it’s still a fantastic song. The long build up definitely heightened it’s impact, making it one of the coolest concert going moments of the last year for me. The regular set was about 16 songs before they took a short encore break before returning for a marathon 7-song encore. Brock is cool enough to let photographers stick in the pit for the entire show (they’re one of the only bands that have ever offered this), so I was close to the action and got to see Brock call audibles to his bandmates during the encore about which songs were playing, showing that it was indeed instinctual decision making based on their feelings and of course, the vibe of the passionate Westbury crowd.

As if getting to see Modest Mouse wasn’t enough, we were treated to an opening set from Philadelphia rockers Hop Along, who delighted us with a set of songs from their standout 2015 record Painted Shut (released via Saddle Creek).

Find shots from both Hop Along and Modest Mouse posted below.
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Modest Mouse at Webster Hall (March 19, 2015)

By Will Oliver, March 20th 2015 — with 1 comment

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It takes a band like Modest Mouse to make a venue like Webster Hall feel tiny. It’s no small venue by any means, but when a group like Isaac Brock’s indie-rock mainstay come to play, it makes the venue seem way too small for a band of their size, because it really is.

Last night’s sold out show (the second of two consecutive nights) came in celebration of the release of Strangers To Ourselves, their first album in eight years. Even during such the long period of time in between records, the band would tour semi-regularly, mostly odd dates and select festival performances. Which were the only way I’ve seen Modest Mouse live prior to last night’s showing. Those dates were Governors Ball 2012 and last summer’s inaugural Hudson Project. They delivered memorable performances at those festivals, but seeing them at their own club show was a different beast entirely.
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[new]: Modest Mouse – “The Best Room”

By Will Oliver, February 5th 2015 — with 1 comment

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Modest Mouse will release their long-awaited (we’ve been waiting eight years) new album Strangers To Ourselves (via Epic Records).

So far the Portland rockers have shared the rowdy first single “Lampshades On Fire” and the more somber follow-up “Coyotes”.

They’ve hit back yet again with a cut, this time a more classic sounding Modest Mouse affair called “The Best Room.” This one rocks to the beat of its own drum, with hypnotizing guitar effects, and a tempo that only fits in the universe that is Oscar Issac’s vocals.

It’s really good to have Modest Mouse back. We almost forgot how much we needed these guys, but these new songs have reminded us plenty. I can’t wait to bite into the album in full.

Stream “The Best Room” below.
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[new]: Modest Mouse – “Coyotes”

By Will Oliver, January 19th 2015 — with 2 comments

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On March 3, Modest Mouse will release their long overdue new record Strangers To Ourselves (via Epic Records), their first album in nearly eight years.

They already released first single “Lampshades On Fire”, and today they followed that up with the music video for second single “Coyotes.” While “Lampshades On Fire” was a more upbeat cut, “Coyotes” takes a mellow reflective route, but builds towards an grand, uplifting finish, that wonderfully hits all of your emotions at once.

The “Coyotes” music video features a coyote riding a light rail, inspired by the true story of a coyote that actually did find its way onto a Portland light rail train in 2002 (which also inspired Sleater-Kinney’s “Light Rail Coyote.”).

The first 2,500 vinyl pre-orders of the album on vinyl will receive a complementary copy of the limited edition 7″ of the “Lampshades On Fire”/”Coyotes.” Some copies will also be on sale for pre-orders of the album on vinyl at select retailers, but the 7″ single will not be for individual sale.

Check out the video below.
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[new]: Modest Mouse – Lampshades On Fire

By Will Oliver, December 15th 2014 — with 2 comments

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On March 3, Modest Mouse will release their new album Strangers To Ourselves (via Epic Records), their first album since 2007’s We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank. It’s been a long time coming.

Today they premiered “Lampshades On Fire” on Minnesota radio station 89.3 The Current. It’s the first single from the album. Test pressings of the 7″ of the single were sent to fans over the weekend, in a smart piece of buzz-building by the band and their management. People were talking about the single ahead of it’s official release, which comes tomorrow.

After spending much of today getting familiar with “Lampshades On Fire,” I gotta say, I’m digging it. It pretty much picks up right where the band left off, hitting that signature Modest Mouse vibe. It’s a good one folks.

Stream it below.
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Modest Mouse at The Hudson Project 2014

By Will Oliver, July 14th 2014

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It’s been forever since Modest Mouse’s last proper studio album (try since 2007’s We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank), but the band has stayed busy during this extended break in-between albums by staying on tour. Even without any new material to tour around, the band just does fine (as I saw at Governors Ball 2012). With a heavy back catalogue of material, there’s always a solid variation of songs that the band can play on any given night.

Frontman Isaac Brock is always a force to reckon with on stage, full of intensity and energy that just jumps out at you. This applies even when he’s rocking his banjo – there’s a fierceness about him in his vocal delivery that is impossible to shake. Believe it or not, the band’s commercial breakthrough Good News For People Who Love Bad News came out 10 years ago. With that in mind, it wasn’t a surprise that most of the night’s set came off that album. No “Float On”, but rather more sublime offerings such as “Ocean Breathes Salty.” There was a palpable tension in the air as the band ripped through a thunderous performance of “Tiny Cities Mades Of Ashes”, which is my favorite song of theirs. The band had the crowd up in arms, ready to explode as the song built towards its eventual release. By the time they ripped through “Dashboard”, the place was nearly ready to explode.

One can only hope that we get a new album sooner rather than later, but as long as they keep giving us live shows as great as this in the meantime, who can complain? Read the rest of this entry »

Modest Mouse @ Governors Ball (June 24, 2012)

By Will Oliver, June 27th 2012 — with 2 comments




Time to cross Modest Mouse off my bands to see list. The guys have been away for a little while, and made good on their return, delivering an epic set that drew one of the biggest crowds of the entire weekend.

Tracks from all parts of their intensive collection were played, from the opening of “Paper Thin Walls” to “Dashboard” and the indie classic, “Tiny Cities Made of Ashes”.

There was no “Float On” to be heard, and no one seemed to care. The band drew from the deepest parts of their albums playing fan favorites and delivering explosive performances that left nothing to be desired. Isaac Brock is frontman who leads, but he doesn’t take the spotlight. He was positioned to the far right, letting the full band stand as an equal, something a lot rarer than you may even realize.

Little things and details like that make you believe in the bands name. Their tunes however, aren’t modest. They kick all kinds of ass live.

Big Boi Working With Modest Mouse

By Will Oliver, April 29th 2011

Of all the unlikeliest collaborations, Big Boi and Modest Mouse is definitely high up there. Big Boi announced on his twitter that he’s been in the studio with Modest Mouse for a week, working with them on their new album. He also indicated that Outkast producer, Chris Carmouche is also there. Big Boi also made it seem like Turnt Up could possibly be the title of the new LP.

This is all kinds of awesome. Modest Mouse are certainly spicing things up a bit, and I couldn’t be happier. Let’s see what comes out of this.

Blackbird Blackbird – Float On (Modest Mouse Cover)

By Will Oliver, September 19th 2010 — with 7 comments

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I came home for the day just to see Klaxons show @ Maxwell’s in Hoboken, NJ tonight.

I don’t got too much time to post, but I wanted to share this amazing cover that the hardworking Blackbird Blackbird did of Modest Mouse’s “Float On”. He transformed it into a dreamy, synthed out delight that gives the song a whole new feel. He took the task of “covering” to the highest level.

Download the cover below. I found it via Wild Tonic.

[mp3]: Blackbird Blackbird – Float On (Modest Mouse Cover)

Blackbird Blackbird is no stranger to WAWSTSF. Check out my previous posts, here.





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