In House #1828: Modest Mouse Plays Missoula Tomorrow; More SXSW
One of the few acts not playing in Austin, Texas this week, Modest Mouse instead gives some love to the hinterlands as they hit the University of Montana in Missoula tomorrow night before moving on to the Gallatin County Fairgrounds (no joke) in Bozeman, and finally the barren, unthawed landscapes of the Dakotas. The band is touring in anticipation of their fifth full-length release, We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank, out next week on Epic. One slight change (hardly) this go around is the presence on guitar of none other than Johnny Marr, the man in large part responsible for the musical brilliance of The Smiths and songs like "This Charming Man," and "How Soon is Now?" It's difficult to judge how much difference the addition really makes, aside from an atmospheric twist here and there, much like the cameo appearance of The Shins' James Mercer (intriguing but little more than a side note). What is clear from the album's beginning number, "March Into the Sea," is that Isaac Brock and company will not be content to turn in a batch of tunes hoping for another "Float On," though the insistent and infectious "Dashboard," complete with a surprising horn section, comes close. Still, new fans hoping to go unchallenged in their love may be disappointed-- in many instances here it seems that the point may be to challenge.
In House #1828.
Focus: Modest Mouse plays the University of Montana in Missoula tomorrow night, plus more dug up gems from the SXSW treasure trove, including music from The Twilight Sad, The Needles, Zykos, and more.
Modest Mouse, from We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank:
(And a few more gems from the SXSW cornucopia)
In House PODCAST #276