Release Date: Apr 6, 2004
Record label: Sony
Genre(s): Indie, Rock
Despite their roots in early-90s Seattle, Modest Mouse are the antithesis of guitarry chaos. In their 10th year, they're finally reaping the rewards of their eccentricity, with a single at number two in Billboard's modern rock chart. Making wanton use of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, whose squealing trumpets pop up like punctuation, and the Rising Star Fife and Drum Band, the album leaps through spiky hoops that must bewilder their junior-high audience.
The fan base of every band is probably a little bit strange, but Modest Mouse’s is no doubt stranger than most. It’s a big group – lingering grunge fans, high school burnouts, aging jocks, college radio types, and quite a few music fans who aren’t so easily tagged. Modest Mouse isn’t a certified Big Cultural Deal – they aren’t yet the Flaming Lips – but they are well on their way.