Modest Mouse Play Extended Encore at Brooklyn Show
Modest Mouse have been on the road promoting their latest album, Strangers to Ourselves, and their stop in Brooklyn on Wednesday night (July 22) proved to be quite a memorable one.
With temperatures finally dropping to a cooler and less sweating number, fans of the Issaquah, Wash. band flooded into the the Prospect Park Bandshell to get a prime spot to the see their favorite rock outfit. Before going on stage, Gene Ween warmed up the crowd with his collection of experimental rock music. Known for founding the band, Ween, he took longtime fans of his work down memory lane, performing a lot of his hits that inspired Ween followers to sing along and others to watch on with extreme curiosity. The best way to describe Ween's set is to say it was an experience. From the distorted guitar riffs to the masterfully played bass, his band, to an extent, looked like an oddly selected collective of musicians that didn't look like they fit together but played cohesively as a band.
And although it was safe to say that Gene Ween and his band seemed like an off-center choice to open for Modest Mouse, it did open up the crowd to a style of music that they probably would not have thought to listen to before.
As the sun started to set, Modest Mouse finally came on to cheerful roars and applause from the crowd. And while it looked pretty cramped on stage when the band performed on Late Night with Seth Myers on Tuesday evening (July 21), the band had more than enough room to perform their 21-song set and even brought on a few extra players to fill in on bass or trumpet. Whether it was older tracks like their hits, "Float On" and "Dramamine," or their new singles like "Lampshades on Fire" and "Pups to Dust," Modest Mouse have some of the best musicianship in music today. With many of the members playing at least a minimum of two to three instruments each, every song they performed had an orchestral feel while keeping the indie rock vibe that they're best known for.
Frontman Isaac Brock may have had no problem wailing on the guitar with his crazy riffs, but he admitted early into the set that he actually sprained his index finger. And even though he did his best to not use it during the concert, he took a little more care when he had to actually place it on the fret. "We're athletes!" Brock announced after telling everyone about the injury.
With six albums in their arsenal, Modest Mouse had no problem filling their set. Even when they weren't playing, they made sure to let one instrument play a single note to make sure that it was never silent on stage. Then when they returned for the encore, they performed five songs and pushed their performance time to as close to the the park's curfew as possible while still having some time to take a breather and thank everyone for coming.
See Modest Mouse's setlist and photos from the show below.
Modest Mouse's Setlist -- July 22, 2015
"Lampshades on Fire"
"Tiny Cities Made of Ashes"
"Pups to Dust"
"Bury Me With It"
"Of Course We Know"
"This Devil's Workday"
"S--- in Your Cut"
"Grey Ice Water"
"Out of Gas"
"The Ground Walks, With Time in a Box"
"Fly Trapped in a Jar"
"Paper Thin Walls"
"The Good Times Are Killing Me"