Reason #6: Modest Mouse touring the 10th Anniversary of the seminal The Moon & Antarctica.
Now I'm about to hold my hands up and say something that'll have me crucified around certain parts... I prefer Good News For People Who Love Bad News.
There. I said it. Now let's move on...
Ten years ago Isaac Brock and co. got together to release their third LP. Brock had broken his jaw in the period preceding the album and, as a result, chose to make this one a more instrumental and experimental affair - and it shot the band to eternal indie glory. 9/8/10 from Pitchfork, universal acclaim and positions atop many "best of the '00s" lists recently.
Luckily for us the band have opted to tour on the back of the anniversary of this record. They are among the biggest acts playing the Picnic on the Friday night, bringing their off-beat alternative-REM sound to the stage. The set is infused with work that the band have put out since (Good News..., We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank and a number of EPs), though it is largely formed around the basis of the Moon & Antarctica.
At this stage, Modest Mouse have become indie rock legends. They could have collapsed under the weight of the "new Pixies" tag that many bestowed on them but they have actually revelled in this. They aren't the Pixies. Nor are they REM, Sonic Youth or anyone else but themselves. A unique anomaly that are essential for any alternative rock fan.
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