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Video of the Moment #1843: Modest Mouse

 
By on Friday, 3rd July 2015 at 6:00 pm
 

So what have American rockers Modest Mouse been up to lately? After releasing very unlike them singles ‘Lampshades on Fire’ and ‘Coyotes’, they released their sixth studio album ‘Strangers to Ourselves’ at the start of March. The latest promo from the album is for ‘The Ground Walks, with Time in a Box’, which sees the band in some primitive outfits in a barren landscape, possibly channeling the world’s current fascination with Game of Thrones. (I’ve never watched GOT so I’m just guessing.) Watch the video below.

Read our past articles on Modest Mouse here on TGTF through this link.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o0ZI9vQfr4Q[/youtube]

 

Single Review: Modest Mouse – Coyotes

 
By on Thursday, 29th January 2015 at 1:00 pm
 

It’s been some time since we’ve heard from Northwest American indie band Modest Mouse. The last time they released and toured a studio album – 2007’s concept album ‘We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank’ – ex-Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr was one of their full members (Marr has since gone on to his own successful solo career). 2015 will see the release of ‘Strangers to Ourselves’, Modest Mouse’s sixth studio album, which will be released in early March on Epic Records. Prior to Christmas 2014, the band revealed the LP’s first single, the all over the place ‘Lampshades on Fire’ (stream here). Just this last week, they revealed second single ‘Coyotes’, a much more understated and thoughful affair that gives clues that ‘Strangers to Ourselves’ will have its introspective, melancholic moments.

The accompanying promo video for ‘Coyotes’ allows the listener to join what appears to be an urbanised coyote as he takes a light rail journey in an empty train car through Portland, Oregon. (Apparently the whole thing as reported by the Portland Mercury is a re-creation of actual events that happened on the town’s MAX Light Rail in 2002, starring what I assume is a very well-trained, Hollywood-type, coyote-looking dog.) The timing of the journey, in the wee hours of the morning, further lends a lonesome air that matches the song. After boarding, the coyote chooses to sit, then relax on a seat on the train, looking about as comfortable as any one of us might be spending a lazy Sunday afternoon on the sofa in front of the telly.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UW5Or7bIVJk[/youtube]

As you’re watching this video, you can’t help but make the connection between the surprising content in a wild animal’s face and body language to our own overwhelming complacency about our changing environment, that it’s someone else’s problem to deal with. In the suburb of Washington, DC, where I born and raised, many deer and a whole host of other wildlife regularly feed on our gardens and build homes and nests in our trees and under our lawns, much to the chagrin of homeowners. From the animals’ perspective, they have had to make do while their own natural habitat and way of life have been encroached on. Who is wrong, who is right? The song is simple, beginning with an easy guitar melody, before it heads into a sweeping chorus with staccatoed notes and backing vocals. This is more of a thinking song.

Frontman Isaac Brock’s haunting lyrics – “Coyotes tiptoe in the snow after dark / at home with the ghosts in the national parks / mankind’s behavin’ like some serial killers / giant ol’ monsters afraid of the sharks” – point squarely to this moral conflict that developers and urban dwellers are challenged with. Going further, he shows how ridiculous we are in being all too often unwilling to find real solutions for our problems: “And we say: ‘We’re in love with all of it’ / and we say: ‘We’re in love with everything’ / and we say: ‘What can we say?'” Is there a one size fits all answer to the mess we find ourselves in, to habitats being destroyed, to global warming, to the destruction of our earth? No, but Modest Mouse deserve mad props for taking to their soapbox to shame us for our own complacency.

7/10

The new Modest Mouse single ‘Coyotes’ is out now. ‘Strangers to Ourselves’ will be released on Epic Records on the 2nd of March.

 

Preview: Electric Picnic 2010

 
By on Friday, 7th May 2010 at 4:00 pm
 

Electric Picnic has been regarded by some as Ireland’s answer to Glastonbury. Judging by the line-up released on Wednesday, I’d argue it might have a more interesting bill than Glasto this year. ’70s glam rockers Roxy Music will play their first Irish festival performance ever at Electric Picnic, after having reformed long after we diehards had assumed they’d never play together ever again. I think seeing Bryan Ferry croon his way through ‘Love is the Drug’ and ‘Avalon’ is worth the price of admission alone.

However, if Roxy isn’t your thing, there are plenty of other wonderful acts to ring your bell. London electronica act Leftfield have decided to come out of hibernation to play selected festivals this year, including a headlining set at Electric Picnic; Bristol’s Massive Attack (pictured above) will also headline. Expect an epic dance party with these two along with sets by Booka Shade, Hot Chip, the Bloody Beetroots, LCD Soundsystem, Liquid Liquid, Friendly Fires and the Big Pink. Indie rock will also be well represented by appearances by the Fall, the National, the Horrors, Eels and Modest Mouse.

This year’s festival will take place at Stradbally Hall, County Laois, Ireland, on 3-5 September 2010. Weekend camping tickets are €240 (approximately £206) per adult (up to two children under the age of 14 are allowed to attend per paying adult, and all children must be pre-registered through the festival Web site). Please note that except for children who are pre-registered this way, the festival is 18+ and photo ID may need to be presented on-site. Camper van tickets are €60 (approximately £52). Tickets for the festival can be purchased from Ticketmaster.


Catch the full lineup (so far as of Wednesday 05 May) after the cut…

Continue reading Preview: Electric Picnic 2010

 

Preview: Reading and Leeds Festival August 2010

 
By on Monday, 29th March 2010 at 7:15 pm
 

After Glastonbury, Reading and Leeds Festivals are the granddaddy of all music festivals. Some of the best bands, the biggest exclusives and best lineups all come together for three massive days over the August Bank Holiday weekend. Last year they “played it safe” with a lineup of Kings of Leon, Arctic Monkeys and Radiohead, but this year they’ve gone for a bit more interesting selection, returning to their rock roots.

This year, The Libertines are going to be the big news of the festival, with Pete Doherty and Carl Barat putting their differences behind them to play the festival, supporting Reading’s Saturday night’s headliners, Arcade Fire. Meanwhile, Blink 182 and Guns ‘n’ Roses also headline the main stage.

If we were going this year, the NME stage looks pretty good, with LCD Soundsystem, Klaxons and Band of Horses all set to play what is our pick of the stages so far. Kele from Bloc Party is also playing, intriguingly billed already higher than The Drums and he hasn’t even released a track yet.

The Festival takes place on the August Bank Holiday weekend – Friday 27th to Sunday 29th August 2010. Tickets are on sale now at See Tickets. Tickets are £180.00 for the weekend, or £75 per day ticket.

Catch the full lineup (so far) below…

Continue reading Preview: Reading and Leeds Festival August 2010

 

Frightened Rabbit / November and December 2009 UK Tour dates

 
By on Tuesday, 20th October 2009 at 3:13 pm
 

Never ones to just sit still and do nothing, Scottish wonder-kids Frightened Rabbit have announced their plans for November and December, featuring them touring pretty much constantly. As well as their own headline shows, they’ll also be supporting Gomez and Modest Mouse.

Tickets are on sale now for all dates. Catch them at:

Saturday 7th November 2009 – Aldershot West End Centre
Monday 9th November 2009 – Oxford Academy 2
Tuesday 10th November 2009 – York Duchess of York
Wednesday 11th November 2009 – Nottingham Bodega
Thursday 12th November 2009 – Liverpool Academy 2
Saturday 14th November 2009 – Coventry Kasbah (supporting Gomez)
Sunday 15th November 2009 – Northampton New Roadmender (supporting Gomez)
Monday 16th November 2009 – Brighton Corn Echange (supporting Gomez)
Tuesday 17th November 2009 – Southampton Uni (supporting Gomez)
Thursday 19th November 2009 – Exeter Lemon Grove (supporting Gomez)
Friday 20th November 2009 – London Troxy (supporting Gomez)
Saturday 21st November 2009 – Tumbridge Wells Forum (supporting Gomez)
Sunday 22nd November 2009 – Cambridge Soul Tree (supporting Gomez)
Tuesday 24th November 2009 – Sheffield The Plug (supporting Gomez)
Wednesday 25th November 2009 – Whithaven Civic Hall (supporting Gomez)
Friday 27th November 2009 – Fort William BA Club
Saturday 28th November 2009 – Stirling Tolbooth
Sunday 29th November 2009 – Inverness Ironworks
Tuesday 1st December 2009 – Aberdeen Moshulu
Wednesday 2nd December 2009 – Dundee Fat Sams
Saturday 5th December 2009 – Galway Black Box (supporting Modest Mouse)
Monday 7th December 2009 – Dublin Academy (supporting Modest Mouse)
Tuesday 8th December 2009 – Dublin Academy (supporting Modest Mouse)
Wednesday 9th December 2009 – Belfast Mandela Hall (supporting Modest Mouse)
Sunday 13th December 2009 – Manchester Ritz (supporting Modest Mouse)
Monday 14th December 2009 – London Shepherds Bush Empire (supporting Modest Mouse)
Tuesday 22nd December 2009 – Glasgow ABC

 
 
 

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