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 to Embark on Summer Tour
In support of their first full-length release in eight years, Modest Mouse has announced a summer tour. The U.S. string of shows will begin with a May 23 performance at Sasquatch! Music Festival, and continue to August 23 with a slot at MusicFestNW in Portland, OR. On October 10, they'll serve as one of the…Read more
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