For more than a decade Modest Mouse
has detoured from the traditional confines of alternative rock
and yielded towards the production of a raw, yet ripened, configuration
of sound. Their newest release, We Were Dead Before the
Ship Even Sank, has a clattering, and transmelodic sound that reflects
their earlier compilations, prior to the band’s most
successful, previous debut, Good News for People Who Love
Bad News, and the slew of tweenies and Good Charlotte fans that
floated on thereafter.
Band members, Isaac Brock, vocals and guitar; Eric Judy, bassist;
Jeremiah Green, drums, and former guitarist of The Smiths, Johnny
Marr, uproot the unprocessed, post-major label success sound
of the band’s Seattle, early indie, underground heritage
in We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank.
Dashboard” and “Fire It Up,” the first singles
released off the band’s seventh album, amplify the archaic
structure of the band’s signature electric guitar rifts,
and raw vocals that construct the framework of their distinct
This album encapsulates a vintage, fresh noise that is reflective
of their earlier releases during the mid to late ‘90s,
via The Lonesome Crowded West.
We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank will unquestionably satisfy
the ears of the band’s adolescent listeners. Modest Mouse
will be touring their new album in the states and overseas this