OK, so about two years ago, on recommendation alone, I bought The Moon & Antarctica and Building Nothing Out Of Something. I listened to them a few times and it never really struck a nerve. I ripped the CD for my MP3 server, and went along about my business of my standard fare. Then sometime last year, “3rd Planet” came on during housework and I was absolutely dumbfounded. I gave The Moon & Antarctica another few listens and I was completely blown away. It just had to soak in a little – the last album that I had which really did that was OK Computer in 1997.
I rushed out and bought many of their others and have been a fan all year. I bought the new one within a week of its release and was not disappointed. Now it has reached a crescendo, and I find myself listening to at least some Modest Mouse every day.
I know what it is, too. I’m not usually a lyrics guy. Bands which are inunderstandable are fine with me, so long as the music is good (Sigur Ros, Stereolab, I can’t understand a word out of Bjork’s or Thom Yorke’s mouth). But Isaac Brock just has mezmerized me with his words. “You wasted life/why would you waste death?” “The universe is shaped exactly like the earth/if you go straight long enough you end up where you were” “The universe works on a math equation/that never even ever really works out in the end” etc. I read an article about him in Rolling Stone last month and he sounds (unfortunately) like the self-destructive, too-introspective, too-sensitive type who will only come to a young end badly. But he is milking that agony for all its worth, and its working for him.
This doesn’t take away from their music. They have really got the whole jangly guitar/pounding drum/noise thing down and it really works well with a song. They also have used scratching and recently horn arrangements to augment their noise, which is not a usual direction for the indie band.
I’m quite upset that their summer tour is so short. My only time to see them will be if I go to the Austin City Limits festival in September, and that requires leaving a five-month old alone with my wife for a weekend (she has no interest in going this year – she went last year mostly for Beth Orton who was great – especially for a three day festival in blistering Austin).
Any other fans here?