a pre-review of something i’ve never heard; Modest Mouse is releasing a new album


the a/v club and spin both released stories this week about a new Modest Mouse album looming over the horizon. i am super pumped.

there isn’t a lot of information out there yet about exactly what we can expect. we know that in two days, December 15th, a new single called Lampshades on Fire is probably going to be released, and we know what it will sound like based on a live recording that’s also available on spin’s post. also, we have heard a bit about the guest stars…for instance Krist Novoselic is playing bass on one of the songs. and we know that Eric Judy, the original Modest Mouse bassist, retired from the band.

it is hard to believe that No One is First and You’re Next, the last EP, was from all the way back in 2009. i was in college, back then, and i hadn’t ever even visited where i live now, and i think the White Stripes might have even still technically existed. and all those things are basically equal measurements of change.

i don’t have many expectations for what this album will sound like. honestly, at this point i trust Modest Mouse; i first heard them on Austin City Limits doing amazing songs, mostly off of Good News, and i loved them right away and have never stopped since. but all the same, their sound changes; poppy and hi-fi, indie and harsh, and even harsher and lower, to my ear, the farther back you get.

even if you gave me the chords and lyrics to one of the new songs, stolen straight from the Modest Mansion, i doubt i could come anywhere close to figuring out how the band would actually go about playing it. any song could be composed of ragged guitar and bass and drums, or two banjos a piccalilli three harpsichords and sampled audio of Bob Barker smiling.

whatever, i can’t wait to experience it. in the meantime, i’m cleansing my palate of all Modest Mouse by listening exclusively to light jazz and WOW ’95, and making up imaginary titles for the next album:

you’ve come down with terminal health, and you have two weeks to live

a white cat and black pigeon play the blues

stealthy, silent, fuzz pedal

anyone have a better idea?

p.s. here is the instagram post slash press release:

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