Anyone who spent last week pondering over Modest Mouse's cryptic hints
(Did it hint at a coming album release? Was it just a mean-spirited tease?) can rest their weary noodle; answers have come. As confirmed by a package sent out to select fans, those photos of a vinyl labeled "Lampshades on Fire" were a teaser for the first single from the band's newest album. Entitled Strangers to Ourselves
, this album will be Modest Mouse's first in 8 years (We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank
was the last) and is set for release on March 3rd.
They've also provided a cryptic photo that might be the cover of the single or the cover of the album; who can say?
Listen to a live version of "Lampshades on Fire Below" and maybe, if you're enjoying yourself, look for the official release of the single on iTunes tomorrow.