Formed by Isaac Brock, Jeremiah Green and Eric Judy, Modest Mouse bucked the Grunge trend of the early nineties and followed a path closer to the Talking Heads and other similar experimental groups of the 80’s. The album of theirs that really stands out to me is 2000’s The Moon & Antarctica, so here we go…
Why This Album?
I was introduced to The Mouse not long after this albums release by my good friend Grayson who happened to be the person to introduce me to Nirvana over a decade earlier. While my path in music had taken me to The Posies and other similar bands, his journey had taken him down a more experimental route where he discovered Modest Mouse.
I will admit, my initial response was…unsure. This was a HIGHLY experimental band and I don’t think I was truly ready for what they had to offer. It would be a few years before I returned to them and found a depth in their music that was missing from much of the modern bands that were producing at the time. It was The Moon & Antarctica that captured me with tracks ranging from insane rants to calm introspection all done like a very well produced Sonic Youth album but with something…more.
I can’t quite put my finger on what it is about Mouse that I like but there is something deeply personal in the music that only emerges once you begin to really dive in. This is a band that isn’t afraid to get their point across by playing with sound and lyrics in a way that only bands like Talking Heads have ever managed to do. Isaac Brock and his band are able to twist sounds around in a manner uncanny while maintaining an odd catchy nature to some of their tracks. Describing them really doesn’t do them justice so we may as well get to my favorite tracks and maybe then you will understand.
The first one that comes to mind is the insane Tiny Cities made of Ashes. It is intense but catchy at the same time.
Next up, The Cold Part. More of an experiment of tones, it is relaxing in a way.
I don’t know why I like this next one as much as I do but I dig it. It is so strange and wonderful. This is Wild Packs of Family Dogs.
Finally, These Walls are Paper Thin. It’s just good.
Ok, Where do I get it?
This one is available in a great 10th anniversary edition that was remixed as Isaac Brock really didn’t care for the original mix. You can get it here for around $12 or Spotify. Whichever suits your fancy.
Late to the Game 2/19/2019
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