Modest Mouse is one of rock’s last remaining stadium bands, the kind that has managed to find that elusive combination of critical and commercial success. And while a rumored sixth studio album is , it’s never too early to get acquainted.
If there’s an over-arching theme in Mouse’s career, it’s an existential one. The subject matter they tackle is grand in scope: the vast, sweeping desert-scape of the American West (and the shame that Manifest Destiny ultimately caused it); the eerie, vacant reaches of outer space; and the cold, rolling waves of the ocean. The notes that lead singer Isaac Brock and his Washington-born collective hit are eerie, their melodies worthy of debate. All peppered with the same question: how important are we, really?