As the newest pieces to the puzzle that will likely become Modest Mouse’s next album, Isaac Brock and his band mates performed two new songs, “Heart of Mine” and “Ansel,” this weekend at the Frost Amphitheater in Stanford University. Unfortunately, crowd footage is all that’s available so far, but at least they was taken by knowledgeable fans with a sense of humor. (A few jokes are had at the beginning of the “Heart of Mine” video referencing Brock’s infamous anti-”Free Bird” rant from the band’s 2004 live album Baron von Bullshit Rides Again.)
Yet the mouth-watering sensation that a new album is just around the corner should be enough to outweigh the poor video quality. In late April of last year, Big Boi (one half of OutKast, along with André 3000) tweeted that he has been in the studio with Modest Mouse working on material for their upcoming album. (He’s also been collaborating with Phantogram, so keep an ear open for that, too.) Sure enough, the group debuted two new songs a month later when they headlined the Sasquatch festival: ”Poison the Well” and “Lampshades on Fire.”
Brock has announced via his own personal record label, Glacial Pace, that the band is in fact working on a followup to their 2007 LP We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank. While those five years may seem like an eternity for fans, it will probably be worth it in the end – allowing the band members enough time to fully develop each track and maintain their artistic integrity. Although a release date is still unannounced, I’ve got a hunch we’ll be able to get our hands on the next record within the next half year. After all, ultra-secretive drops seem to be all the rage these days. Cue King of Limbs; cue Franz Ferdinand’s still-unnamed forthcoming LP.