Modest Mouse – Lampshades On Fire

Two decades into Modest Mouse’s career, it would be harsh to expect anything revolutionary. Their last album, 2007’s We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank, saw them climbing to the number one spot on Billboard, but failed to produce any memorable music. Modest Mouse influence on post-millennial indie-rock should however not be taken lightly. Not only as stylistic authorities, but as a band that paved the way for other indie-rock bands to reach a level of commercial success that would’ve been unimaginable at the start of the last decade. So far we’ve only been given one taste of what’s coming, but new and surprisingly great single “Lampshades On Fire” sound a lot like a synthesis of “Float On” and “The World At Large”, two of the most memorable tracks on their decade old commercial breakthrough and Grammy nominated Good News For People Who Love Bad News. While Modest Mouse greatest (artistic) achievements will always be their pre-04 albums (two of them newly reissued via Glacial Pace), “Lampshades On Fire” is the best we’ve heard from the band in a decade. Watch for their new album Strangers To Ourselves, out March 3 via Epic.

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