indie icons return to red-hot type

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In fact Modest Mouse wound up enjoying London amid an unprecedented 40°C warmth wave that’s been declared a nationwide emergency. They’re, in spite of everything, a band susceptible to mishaps and misfortune: when this author final noticed them for NME they’d mislaid their devices en path to the gig, which means half of their members spent an excruciating set grinding by way of their cult hits on as a lot gear as they may borrow. They actually have a music referred to as ‘Shit Luck’.

Tonight, although, the Pacific Northwest six-piece are radically on type. Not famend for his or her dwell prowess, they rise to the improbability of the event. ‘Fuck Your Acid Journey’ is extra of an industrial-psych freak-out than the campfire dittie that appeared on their current album ‘The Golden Casket’, whereas laconic drummer Jeremiah Inexperienced will get a exercise – on this warmth! – throughout a toothsome ‘King Rat’. And let’s not speak about the truth that guitarist Simon O’Connor is carrying a hoodie.

Frontman Isaac Brock, himself donning the form of boiler go well with he’s made a part of his eccentric dad persona these days, tends to combine up set lists from one present to the subsequent, however rolling from the anthemic optimism of ‘Float On’ to the dirty dancefloor spasm of ‘Doin’ The Cockroach’ has confirmed a successful tactic he correctly repeats right here. The previous goes off, a testomony to the group’s seemingly elevated consolation in pleasing crowds (even when the singer quips afterwards: “I don’t usually like explaining songs, however that one is about… floating on”).

Whereas the early Modest Mouse data appeared like somebody had taken a cheese grater to them, the band’s more moderen work is imbued with a hip-hop sheen. Final 12 months, Brock advised NME that his growing perfectionism had led him to attempt to mix the 2: “I truly tried remixing all these [early] data from the bottom up – six to 9 instances… It was dangerous… So I simply flushed it. I assumed, ‘That is silly – no-one needs to listen to their previous punk data [in hi-definition].’” It’s curious, then, that because the group’s studio releases have turn out to be ever-more pristine, their dwell exhibits have usually remained as fabulously disastrous as ever.

Maybe, although, after 25 years as some of the mercurial indie bands on the planet, probably the most attention-grabbing and sudden factor they may do now could be play a very nice gig. The frontman makes just one reference to the freaky climate, glugging from a bottle and muttering, “Some motherfucker has discovered a method to make water that makes me thirstier… How did they try this?” The world is a bizarre place, as Brock nicely is aware of, and it’s fortunately a little bit weirder – and extra unpredictable – for having Modest Mouse in it.

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Modest Mouse performed:

‘third Planet’

‘Fuck Your Acid Journey’

‘Fireplace It Up’

‘Dramamine’ (with ‘Life Like Weeds’ outro)

‘We Are Between’

‘We’re Fortunate’

‘Dance Corridor’


‘Tiny Cities Manufactured from Ashes’

‘Wood Troopers’


‘King Rat’


‘Float On’

‘Doin’ the Cockroach’

‘Again to the Center’

‘Depart a Mild On’

‘Tooth Like God’s Shoeshine’

‘Japanese Bushes’

‘Lampshades on Fireplace’

‘Spitting Venom’


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