Modest Mouse is no mouse when it comes to music. The Pacific Northwest indie rockers are more of a workhorse that’s been touring and recording relentlessly for the past 20+ years. Originally from the Seattle area, the band formed in 1992 during the height of grunge. They soon relocated to Portland but the grunge influence percolated, along with elements of punk, new wave and avant-garde art rock.
Only two of the band’s original members—Issaac Brock (lead vocals and guitar) and Jeremiah Green (drums)—remain from those early days, and it’s been more than 20 years since their album This Is a Long Drive for Someone with Nothing to Think About debuted. It wasn’t until their third LP and first major-label release, The Moon & Antarctica (“3rd Planet”), that they started to gain more critical acclaim.
Next came Good News for People Who Love Bad News, which sealed the deal for many fans with songs like “Float On,” “Ocean Breathes Salty” and “The World at Large.” The band saw continued success with 2007’s We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank (“Dashboard,” “Fire It Up,” “Missed the Boat”) and 2015’s Strangers to Ourselves (“Lampshades on Fire,” “The Ground Walks, with Time in a Box”). Six LPs over a 26-year span might not seem like much, but let’s not forget all of MM’s EPs, compilations, a live album and many more contributions.
The band last made an appearance in St. Louis at The Pageant in June 2017 and will headline this year’s LouFest on Saturday, September 8th. The unmistakable Modest Mouse sound and Brock’s distinctive vocals and smart, introspective lyrics will be a perfect fit for the confines of Forest Park. --MR