Isaac Brock and his co-horts in Modest Mouse are pretty much solely responsible for the recent glut of serious-minded indie rock bands that have large rosters and horn players and whatnot. Of course, The Shins, Arcade Fire, The Decemberists and even Indianapolis’ own Margo (which recently signed to Modest Mouse’s label, Epic) could have come up without Modest Mouse, but it was Brock and Co. who blazed the trail on early masterworks like The Lonesome Crowded West.
However, when Modest Mouse brings their show to the Murat Nov. 12, they will be a bit overshadowed by their newest band member, Johnny Marr. Marr, one of post-punkdom’s most recognizable guitar heroes who rode to legend as part of The Smiths, was originally going to play on the group’s newest album, We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank, but he ended up joining the band. We Were Dead is a Marr classic, containing some of his most amazing guitar work since Strangeways, Here We Come.
It shouldn’t be any surprise that Marr has found a good home with Modest Mouse. Heavily influenced by groups like Flaming Lips, Built to Spill and Calvin Johnson’s Dub Narcotic Sound System, Modest Mouse isn’t afraid to take on any kind of sound. From thrashy, new wave angst to sweaters and tea introspection, Modest Mouse takes a decidedly left field sound and makes gold out of it. Their incredible live shows have built them a rabid following, and by their 2004 CD, Good News for People who Love Bad News, they had a hit (“Float On”) and were playing the late night talk shows and Saturday Night Live.
Now, with great new tunes like “Fire It Up” and “Dashboard” and a former Smiths icon on board, look for this show to be among the best of 2007.
Upping the excitement level, Philadelphia carnival whack-out act Man Man will bring their maniacal stage performance, along with Sam Jayne and his Love as Laughter, who built their name on a couple of Dinosaur Jr. tours and awesome songs like “Pulsar Radio” and “Dirty Lives.”