It’s been a long seven years for Modest Mouse fans waiting for new music from the Issaquah-founded group. Its last full-length, We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank, came out in early 2007, and aside from No One’s First and You’re Next, a 2009 EP of unreleased tracks, nothing new has surfaced.
As a matter of fact, there’s been little news from the band regarding studio updates or much of anything at all. A few whispers and rumors have arrived via other sources, like a mention from Outkast’s Big Boi that he was working with the band at his Atlanta Stankonia studios, news that subsequently sent the Twitterverse into a frenzy. Or the time Krist Novoselic said he’d worked with the band on a track—an especially interesting little nugget given that original bassist Eric Judy left the band in late 2011, replaced by touring bassist Russell Higbee.
To the dismay of many, one bit of news did drop last June: Modest Mouse announced it had canceled its European tour to focus on the upcoming record. Since then, the band has been playing shows regularly, often performing a handful of the seven or eight new songs that have surfaced online. But still, that leaves us with, well, not much. Front man Isaac Brock’s label, Glacial Pace, seems to be keeping a tight lid on what’s going on. Plans to reissue the band’s Up Records catalog on vinyl under Glacial Pace appear to be moving forward, but updates there are slow going, too (perhaps there’s a double meaning in the label name). At any rate, you’re lucky if you got a ticket to this sold-out show, featuring fellow GP labelmates Mimicking Birds: you’ll be the first to know the latest.
Modest Mouse The Showbox, 1426 First Ave., 628-3151, showboxpresents.com. SOLD OUT. All ages. 8 p.m. Friday, July 18.