What a quick turn around on news
. Not content just to announce the release date for Strangers to Ourselves
, the band's first album in 8 years, or to announce the release of "Lampshades on Fire," the first single, Modest Mouse
has also gone and released a stream of said single over at The Current
Lyrically, it's about what you might expect, with Brock bemoaning the callous consumerism and consumption that's characterized so much of our age and our seeming inability to learn a damn thing from our mistakes, but musically it's one of the funkiest pieces in the band's catalog with a sound that's not entirely unlike something you might have heard from Talking Heads circa Speaking in Tongues
There's a gauzy organ that may be coming from a mile away and a lot of wobbling effects and guitars that lend a slightly icy atmosphere to back up Isaac Brock's always-furious vocals. It's catchy enough that there's no second-guessing why they'd choose it for their single but I can't help but worry. We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank had a number of similar songs -- "Dashboard" in particular -- that were fun but proved slight.
You can stream it over at The Current