Vaunted indie rock outfit Modest Mouse will play the Township Auditorium on Wednesday, Oct. 17, the venue announced today.
Modest Mouse was one of the most surprising commercial success stories of the new millennium. Formed in Issaquah, Washington, in 1993, the band’s early records were by turns taut and elliptical, often spiraling into sprawling indie-prog epics that reflected (and were influenced by) the urban progress encroaching on its hometown. The band’s lyrics, crafted by the enigmatic Isaac Brock, were by turns introspective and inscrutable, and densely packed with complex, abstruse metaphors.
Buoyed by positive press, considerable sales (by the standards of vaunted indie labels K and Up, which released their first records and singles) and a fervent fanbase cultivated by extensive touring, Modest Mouse's following grew, and they were courted by major lablels. They eventually signed with Epic Records, which released the five-star opus The Moon and Antarctica in 2000. The band broke through to the mainstream audience with the platinum-selling Good News for People Who Love Bad News in 2004, on the backs of the irrepressible single “Float On,” becoming genuine rock stars at a time when musical peers — see: Built to Spill, Yo La Tengo — remained cult figures.
The band hasn’t released a record since 2015’s Strangers to Ourselves, which came eight years after 2007’s We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank; the intervening years have been marked by the lineup turnover: founding drummer Jeremiah Green split in 2003 but returned in 2004; founding bassist Eric Judy left for good in 2012; on-again-off-again member Dann Gallucci was gone for good by 2005. Even former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr was in Modest Mouse’s orbit for a little while; he played with the band from 2006 to 2008.
Still, Modest Mouse has shown considerable staying power — certainly more than the indie mavericks of the band’s common era, which have since vanished. Where those acts foundered, Modest Mouse continues to float on and on.
Tickets go on sale to the public Friday, May 18, at 10 a.m. Tickets can be purchased at the Township box office, by phone at 800-745-3000, or by visiting thetownship.org.
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