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by Marquise Brack, staff writer


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 sound.

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 summer.



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