There are bands that can release albums within a 2-year span like clockwork and then there are the groups that have large gaps in between records that you wished would deliver express recordings. For the indie-rock band, Modest Mouse, their pizazz filling sound was last heard off of their 2007 fifth studio album, “We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank.” Now, Modest Mouse has confirmed through Revolt, that the release of a new album is underway. The band posted a photo on Instagram earlier this week of a 7-inch record labeled “Lampshades on Fire,” which was the title of a song the group premiered during Washington State’s Sasquatch Music Festival in 2011, you can have a listen to the track above.
Like most, I fell hard for Modest Mouse’s fourth album,“Good News for People Who Love Bad News,” with singles “Float on,” and “Ocean Breathes Salty,” it was easily one of the best records of 2004. The album was released in the same manner as Franz Ferdinand’s debut self-titled record, and their music retained a level of depth combined with vigorous beats. Along with some other bands that year who were emerging strong, The Killers’ debut album, “Hot Fuss,” and Death Cab for Cutie’s fifth album, “Plans,” released the following year, indie rock had a big presence on the charts.
While it’s been seven years since Modest Mouse’s last record, the group has kept up a steady touring schedule to succor the eagerness of fans. Modest Mouse is set to perform at KROQ’s Almost Acoustic Christmas in Inglewood, California, Dec. 13-14. Hopefully more news to come regarding the new record, stay tuned.