Story and photos by Matt SchwenkeWith no air conditioning running in the Orpheum Theatre, Modest Mouse walked on stage in front of a crowd that was already drenched in sweat. Hot, but ready and quick to please, Modest Mouse poised danceable beats and challenging lyrics. Going back an album to The Moon & Antartica, those who knew Modest Mouse had recorded more than one album chanted along to a raucous version of "Paper Thin Walls" and "Tiny Cities Made Of Ashes." With raw energy and unique textures throughout, songs such as "Bury Me With It" and Good News For People Who Love Bad News maintained the gritty and slightly odd feeling of the band's earlier releases (which date back to the mid-90s).
Running through most of their latest release, the songs that the crowd cheered to the most were the more contemplative and lighter shades of "Float On," "Blame It On The Tetons," and "The World At Large." Then there were the more agressive sounds of "Black Cadillacs" and "Bukowski" which provided Isaac Brock with the force to explode mid-song and the crowd seemed to feed off of his energy. Calmly collecting himself at the end of each song, Brock and company easily shifted gears between the sounds of "The Good Times Are Killing Me" and "Life Like Weeds." Though some fans have been turned away by Modest Mouse's newly found popularity, the recent successes are merely the fruits from the seeds of genius that they have been sowing since The Lonesome Crowded West. You won't find anyone quite like them.
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