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Modest Mouse set to release "Strangers to Ourselves"
More than eight years after Modest Mouse released their "We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank," they've released a new album that has fans and critics buzzing.
The new LP, "Strangers to Ourselves," was preceded by the single "Lampshades on Fire," a track that's actually been in heavy rotation in Modest Mouse's set lists dating all the way back to 2011. The first news of the LP actually leaked when the band's management started asking for the addresses of some online fans. One member received their package from the band a few days early and took to Twitter to share what Modest Mouse sent: A test pressing of "Lampshades on Fire" as well as a typed-out letter from the band.
"We want you to have this limited test pressing of our new single 'Lampshades On Fire.' The song will be available for purchase tomorrow, Tuesday, December 16," the note that accompanied the 45 rpm single read. "'Lampshades on Fire' is the first single from our new album "Strangers to Ourselves," which will be released on Tuesday, March 3, 2015."
Not much was originally known about Modest Mouse's "We Were Dead" follow-up other than the fact that it was on its way, but now the band is in full on promotion mode. They recently headlined two sold-out shows in New York and have more than two dozen dates on the books through the summer, including stops at Sasquatch, Firefly and Rock the Garden festivals.
About Modest Mouse (12/6/2013)
Modest is a pretty apt descriptor for the limited success achieved by Modest Mouse in its formative years. Though the band came together in 1993, its most surprising commercial success was achieved at the turn of the century with the release of "The Moon & Antarctica," their first album on Epic Records.
Modest Mouse began as a unit featuring Isaac Brock, Eric Judy and Jeremiah Green. Today Judy is out, and four other names are attached to the band – Joe Plummer, Tom Peloso, Jim Fairchild and Russell Higbee. Together they became rock stars after recording 2004's "Good News For People Who Love Bad News," which ultimately proved to be the band's big commercial breakthrough. It jumped to the top of the album charts and spawned the singles "Float On" and "Ocean Breathes Salty," selling over a million copies just as Modest Mouse was spilling into big arenas for a headline tour.
2007's "We Were Dead Before the Ship Sank" proved to be a title that was in no way indicative of its success. The album debuted at number one on the Billboard album charts, but the band has put out just one project since – 2009's "No One's First, and You're Next," a collection of outtakes and non-LP single sides.
Modest Mouse toured through 2012, and even debuted several new songs while on the road. But on June 6, 2013, the band canceled its UK/EU tour to focus on developing their new album, which still has no title or release date.
Modest Mouse Discography
|Album name||Release date|
|Perpetual Motion Machine||2009|
|No One's First, and You're Next||2009|
|We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank||2007|
|Missed the Boat||2007|
|Good News for People Who Love Bad News||2004|
|Baron von Bullshit Rides Again||2004|
|Ocean Breathes Salty||2004|
|5 Track Sampler||2004|
|Everywhere and His Nasty Parlour Tricks||2001|
|Sad Sappy Sucker||2001|
|The Moon & Antarctica Demos||2000|
|Whenever You See Fit||2000|
|The Moon & Antarctica||2000|
|Night on the Sun||2000|
|Heart Cooks Brain / Shit Luck||1999|
|Building Nothing out of Something||1999|
|Other People's Lives||1998|
|Never Ending Math Equation||1998|
|The Fruit That Ate Itself||1997|
|The Lonesome Crowded West||1997|
|Birds vs. Worms||1997|
|The Lonesome Crowded West Demos||1997|
|A Life of Arctic Sounds||1996|
|This Is a Long Drive for Someone With Nothing to Think About||1996|
|Blue Cadet-3, Do You Connect?||1994|
Top 10 Modest Mouse Songs
|Rank||Track Name||Play Count||Listener Count|
|3||The World at Large||170,393||60,865|
|4||Ocean Breathes Salty||141,163||53,764|
|6||Missed The Boat||111,195||41,220|
|8||Bury Me With It||84,604||37,349|
|10||The Good Times Are Killing Me||82,755||34,379|
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date city state venue 03/19/2015 New York NY Webster Hall 03/18/2015 New York NY Webster Hall 03/13/2015 Raleigh NC The Ritz 03/12/2015 North Charleston SC North Charleston Performing Arts Center 03/10/2015 Chattanooga TN Track 29 03/09/2015 Athens GA Georgia Theatre 03/07/2015 Tampa FL Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park
Modest Mouse Tour Dates 2014
date city state venue 12/14/2014 Inglewood CA The Forum 12/13/2014 Inglewood CA The Forum 11/08/2014 Austin TX Auditorium Shores 11/07/2014 Houston TX Bayou Music Center 11/07/2014 Austin TX Auditorium Shores 09/26/2014 San Francisco CA Nob Hill Masonic Center 09/24/2014 Paso Robles CA Vina Robles Amphitheatre 09/23/2014 Pioneertown CA Pappy & Harriet's 09/17/2014 El Paso TX El Paso County Coliseum 08/09/2014 Forest Hills NY Forest Hills Stadium At West Side Tennis Club 08/09/2014 Forest Hills NY Forest Hills Stadium 08/07/2014 Sayreville NJ Starland Ballroom 08/06/2014 Wallingford CT The Dome at Oakdale Theatre 08/05/2014 Port Chester NY The Capitol Theatre 08/02/2014 Montreal QC Osheaga 08/01/2014 Montreal QC Parc Jean-Drapeau 08/01/2014 Toronto ON Echo Beach 08/01/2014 Montreal QC Parc Jean-Drapeau 07/31/2014 London ON London Music Hall 07/28/2014 Winnipeg MB Burton Cummings Theatre 07/26/2014 Saskatoon SK O'Brians Event Centre 07/25/2014 Regina SK Conexus Arts Centre 07/24/2014 Edmonton AB Shaw Conference Centre 07/23/2014 Calgary AB MacEwan Hall 07/22/2014 Calgary AB MacEwan Hall 07/18/2014 Seattle WA The Showbox 07/17/2014 Boise ID Idaho Botanical Garden 07/16/2014 Missoula MT Big Sky Brewery 07/13/2014 Kansas City MO Uptown Theater 07/12/2014 Columbus OH Lifestyle Communities Pavilion 05/25/2014 Boston MA Boston City Hall Plaza 05/24/2014 Cooperstown NY Brewery Ommegang 05/23/2014 Boston MA Boston City Hall Plaza 05/23/2014 Cooperstown NY Brewery Ommegang 05/21/2014 Bethlehem PA Musikfest Cafe 05/20/2014 Norfolk VA The Norva 05/19/2014 Richmond VA The National 05/16/2014 Gulf Shores AL Gulf Shores Beach 05/16/2014 Orlando FL The Beacham 05/15/2014 Orlando FL The Beacham 05/14/2014 Miami Beach FL The Fillmore Miami Beach 05/12/2014 New Orleans LA The Civic Theatre 05/10/2014 Atlanta GA Atlantic Station 05/09/2014 Atlanta GA Atlantic Station 05/09/2014 Atlanta GA Atlantic Station 05/09/2014 Charlotte NC The Fillmore Charlotte 05/02/2014 Portland OR Crystal Ballroom 05/01/2014 Portland OR Crystal Ballroom
Modest Mouse Tour Dates 2013
date city state venue 10/04/2013 Pomona CA The Glass House 08/25/2013 Monterey CA Monterey Fairgrounds 08/24/2013 Monterey CA Monterey Fairgrounds 08/24/2013 Reno NV Knitting Factory Concert House 08/17/2013 Kuala Lumpur ?? Sepang International Circuit 07/19/2013 Dublin D Marlay Park 07/03/2013 Berlin Posthof 06/26/2013 Rennes L'Ubu 06/21/2013 Scheessel Lower Saxony Eichenring 06/21/2013 Hilvarenbeek North Brabant Beekse Bergen 04/19/2013 Indio CA Empire Polo Field 04/17/2013 San Luis Obispo CA Alex Madonna Expo Center 04/16/2013 Pomona CA Fox Theater Pomona 04/14/2013 Phoenix AZ Crescent Ballroom 04/13/2013 Tucson AZ Rialto Theatre 04/12/2013 Indio CA Empire Polo Field 04/10/2013 Oakland CA Fox Theater
Modest Mouse Tour Dates 2012
date city state venue 07/30/2012 Garden City ID Revolution Center 07/20/2012 Dover DE Dover International Speedway 07/20/2012 Montclair NJ Wellmont Theatre 06/26/2012 Columbus OH Lifestyle Communities Pavilion 06/24/2012 New York NY Randalls Island 06/23/2012 New York NY Randalls Island 06/23/2012 Atlantic City NJ Bader Field 06/23/2012 Atlantic City NJ Bader Field 06/22/2012 Pittsburgh PA Stage AE 06/21/2012 Washington DC 9:30 Club 06/20/2012 Washington DC 9:30 Club 01/25/2012 San Francisco CA The Warfield
Modest Mouse Tour Dates 2011
date city state venue 11/10/2011 Dallas TX South Side Ballroom 11/09/2011 Austin TX Stubbs BBQ 11/08/2011 Austin TX Stubbs BBQ 07/02/2011 Troutdale OR McMenamins Historic Edgefield Manor 05/28/2011 Spokane WA Knitting Factory Concert House 05/27/2011 Missoula MT Big Sky Brewery 05/26/2011 Boise ID Knitting Factory - Boise
Modest Mouse Tour Dates 2010
date city state venue 09/14/2010 Brooklyn NY Williamsburg Park 07/26/2010 Boston MA House of Blues Boston 07/25/2010 Boston MA House of Blues Boston 07/24/2010 Wallingford CT The Dome at Oakdale Theatre 07/23/2010 Brooklyn NY Williamsburg Park 07/22/2010 Montclair NJ Wellmont Theatre 07/20/2010 Charleston SC Music Farm 07/19/2010 Asheville NC The Orange Peel 07/18/2010 Knoxville TN The Valarium 07/17/2010 Saint Louis MO The Pageant 07/14/2010 Minneapolis MN Historic Orpheum Theatre 07/13/2010 Fargo ND The Venue at the Hub 07/12/2010 Sioux Falls SD Ramkota Inn 07/10/2010 Broomfield CO 1St Bank Center 07/09/2010 Santa Fe NM Paolo Soleri Amphitheatre 07/06/2010 Kansas City MO The Crossroads 07/02/2010 Royal Oak MI Royal Oak Music Theatre 07/01/2010 Royal Oak MI Royal Oak Music Theatre
Modest Mouse Tour Dates 2009
date city state venue 09/23/2009 Portland OR Crystal Ballroom 09/22/2009 Portland OR Crystal Ballroom 09/21/2009 Portland OR Crystal Ballroom 09/09/2009 Honolulu HI Pipeline Cafe 09/05/2009 Spokane WA Knitting Factory Concert House 09/02/2009 Denver CO Fillmore Auditorium 09/01/2009 Salt Lake City UT In The Venue 08/29/2009 Anaheim CA City National Grove of Anaheim 08/25/2009 Chicago IL Aragon Ballroom 08/24/2009 Columbus OH Lifestyle Communities Pavilion 08/21/2009 Toronto ON Sound Academy 08/20/2009 Kingston ON Ale House 08/17/2009 Halifax NS Halifax Forum Complex