You can always count on Modest Mouse for a beautifully bonkers music video. The formerly indie rock act has released the Kevin Willis-directed vid for “Satellite Skin,” a track that will be released as a collectors 7″ vinyl single on May 26.
The song comes in advance of “No One’s First You’re Next,” an EP due in August via Epic. The set apparently contains B-sides and unreleased material from MM’s last two full-lengths, 2004’s Good News for People Who Love Bad News” and 2007’s “We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank.”
The “Satellite Skin” video, below, features stop-motion animation that is simultaneously creepy as it is fantastical — not too unheard of from the same man who helps direct vids for Tool. To summarize would be to defy logic; however, that it stars a naked, mystical creature that resembles a combination of the pale, kid-eating monster in “Pan’s Labyrinth” and the long-nosed fiend Alec Baldwin fashions himself into at the end of “Beetlejuice.” Happy summer, kids!
“No One’s First You’re Next” will also contain the track “King Rat,” the track for which the late Heath Ledger directed a music video, before his death in January 2008. Terry Gilliam, comedian and director, helped him make it. According to Spinner, the video will be released sometime this year.
Modest Mouse has an awesome history of warped videos. Check out additional clips below.
The only performance date these Mice have slated for this summer is their Sept. 7 appearance at the Bumbershoot Festival in Tacoma, Wash.