Following 2007’s We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank, Isaac Brock and company have created their first studio album in eight years, satisfying diehard fans and new listeners alike.
Reminiscent of their last album, the latest single, ‘Lampshades on Fire,’ finds itself in a maelstrom of harmonious hooks and melodies that collide with the screaming bends and hammers of guitar and the unmistakable howls of Brock’s voice. Other songs on the album such as ‘Coyotes’ also evoke a familiar sound, yet with softer and quieter guitars, accompanied by thought-provoking lyrics which comment on the recurring theme of man’s never-ending expansion on nature. Quite notably, the 15-track album ends on a high note, closing with the song ‘Of Course We Know,’ which is a true testament to the band’s distinct sound. This last song leaves the listener anticipating the next release from Modest Mouse, which is slated for 2016.
Although the band may deliver what some might call a typical Modest Mouse record, it is still something to relish and adore for such a staple in indie rock. In an age of one-hit wonders, disposable artists, and an ever-hungry online music community, longevity is not an easy feat for musicians today. Nevertheless, this Washington-based band has been playing music and recording albums together for over 20 years. They continue to evolve and grow with each album, yet simultaneously remain the same band that started out practicing in a shed in Issaquah. An even more amazing live act, this will not be a show to miss, as Modest Mouse will most definitely sell out the St. Augustine Amphitheater. Get your tickets now at www.ticketmaster.com.