By Audrey Baran
October 19, 2015
Formed in the early ‘90s, Washington natives Modest Mouse have spent the last 20 years simultaneously becoming an indie rock staple and rarity. They’ve successfully navigated the tricky business of maintaining mass popularity without disappointing their longtime fans. On Tuesday, October 27th, Charlotte’s share of those loyal followers will be at the Uptown Amphitheatre at the NC Music Factory, singing and bopping their brains out.
The band released their first albums (an EP, The Fruit that Ate Itself and the full-length This is A Long Drive For Someone With Nothing To Think About) in 1996, and they both continue to be fan favorites. Over the next decade the band’s status escalated and listeners grew exponentially, leading up to their most widely successful album In 2004, Good News For People Who Love Bad News. If you haven’t heard the twice-Grammy nominated “Float On” and grown mildly bored with it you may want to consider moving, because you are living under a rock. Nevertheless, most fans will be eagerly awaiting a live rendition of the band’s breakout hit. You can expect some other crowd pleasers from their 2007 album, We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank, including the catchy “Dashboard” and “Fire it Up” which are virtually impossible to not dance to.
The band’s latest album Strangers to Ourselves was released earlier this year after an 8-year long hiatus. The first single “Lampshades on Fire” is the perfect get-ready-to-go-out song, along with the haunting, yet happy “Pistol.” You’ll definitely want to cram on this album before the show, but should enjoy it as well. Given the revolving door of band members over the past decade, the success of the album and its similarity to the band’s earlier work is impressive. Isaac Brock’s gritty, yet refreshingly clear lyrics juxtaposed with Jeremiah Green’s token hard-hitting beats and the band’s spooky harmonics are right on point. Most followers should look forward to re-living the late 90’s by swaying and screaming along to some lesser-known, less overly produced songs like “3rd Planet,” “Dark Center of the Universe,” and “Out of Gas.” Modest Mouse groupies range from their 20s-50s. Bros and dads will be knocking shoulders to songs for which they have completely different references. The band should be prepared to bring it all; something old and something new. Based on past shows which are far between but unforgettable, fans should be prepared for a hell of a good time, as long as it doesn’t kill them that is.