Jonathan Valania of BuzzFeed conducted a pretty fantastic in-depth, longform interview with Modest Mouse that covers the eight-year gap between albums, the death of frontman Isaac Brock's brother, and some of the myths surrounding Brock's life.
If you want to experience it for yourself, you really need to go to Portland. Once you arrive, proceed directly to the Ice Cream Party, a three-level mid-century modern structure situated in Portlandís Goose Hollow neighborhood in the shadow of Providence Park soccer stadium that serves as recording studio, rehearsal hall, storage space, living quarters, and band hangout ó it is, in short, Modest Mouseís Batcave. As instructed, you type in the...
Ultimately, the reason Modest Mouse didnít spit out a new record three years ago is because the songs just werenít fully developed yet. The musicians didnít enter into the new music with any sort of intention or vision in mind, instead allowing the music to create itself along the way. In the early stages, Brock found himself interested in a certain type of song that he eventually dismissed.
Longtime Modest Mouse drummer Jeremiah Green has appeared on The Shit Show podcast, detailing the band's new album and talking at length about Johnny Marr's time with the group, bassist Eric Judy's departure, Big Boi and Krist Novolselic's collaborations, and how working with four producers played a part in the album's delay.
A label representative has confirmed that Modest Mouse is slated to release a new album via Epic Records in the first quarter of 2015. This marks the band's first full-length in almost eight years, since 2007's We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank. Furthermore, following a teaser Instagram post earlier this week, new single "Lampshades on Fire" will make its radio debut on Monday, Dec. 15.