Last August, Modest Mouse was scheduled to play a series of west coast shows, including one in my hometown. Those shows were cancelled, apparently because the band wanted to stay in the studio to finish the new album. Needless to say, I was upset, but I let it go because, well, I wanted a new Modest Mouse album. When they announced the December 19th release date, any ill will on my part had vanished. A few months later, a funny thing happened; Modest Mouse scheduled a series of November-January shows (in LA and NY for the most part). According to the band, these shows would mean that the album's release date would be pushed back to "early 2007." First they cancel shows to work on the album, then, two months later, they push back the album to play more shows? Ugh.
The first single from their new album, We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank (still scheduled for "early 2007"), will be released officially on January 16th, but the good folks at Born by the River are bringing it to you now:
Modest Mouse - Dashboard
If you liked Good News..., then you will like this track. I am regionally obligated to love everything that Modest Mouse puts out, so you know I'm happy. Dashboard finds Isaac Brock at his most David Byrnesque, while still maintaining all of the same vocal and lyrical idiosyncrasies that made us fall in love with him in the first place. Dashboard provides a promising first look at one of the most highly anticipated albums of 2007.