Sunday, April 1, 2007

Modest Mouse was number one...

Modest Mouse Hits # 1 on Billboard chart

So I am excited to see that the cover of Float On that the American Idol semi-finalists did a few weeks ago have not ruined Modest Mouse’s cred. The boys struck gold this week with hitting the number one spot on the Billboard charts, beating out Joss Stone and “American Idol” alums Elliott Yamin and Chris Daughtry. “We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank”, the bands latest release ending the week by selling nearly 129,000 copies. This is a first for this band and it’s incredibly exciting I think for credible rock music! Maybe this shows that the music industry might be changing paths, but I won’t hold my breath. The guys have been on fire recently, with the amazing addition of original guitarist of The Smiths, Johnny Marr. (I mean freaking Johnny Marr is in their band, what the heck???!!!) It’s pretty crazy to think that less then 10 years (yikes…10 years) ago this band was playing to 200+ crowds at NYC venues like Tramps and Coney Island High (RIP). Who knows if it was the newest album’s songs or just the mere presence of Marr that assisted Modest Mouse to make this leap, but whatever it is, it’s working. Hopefully they can maintain a top slot on the list for weeks to come.

This band has really made it apparent that there is no need to sell out, change your image, or cater to the masses when you are talented. It might have taken them longer then other bands to get here, but the past few years for Modest Mouse has made them a band almost everyone knows. Its kind of exciting to know the general public can really get down with this. Here’s an article from SPIN where Isaac Brock and Johnny Marr discuss their collaboration and what brought the pair together within Modest Mouse. I will upload the remainder of the article for those of you who don’t have the April 2007 issue yet.

There are headed this way on their national tour in late April and tickets are still available for shows. To be honest, this is probably the last time you will be able to see this band in a smaller venue –

Here are the dates near/in the NY area:

Fri, 04/27/07 7:30 PM Modest Mouse Orpheum Theatre Boston, MA

Sun, 04/29/07 8:00 PM Modest Mouse United Palace Theatre New York, NY

Mon, 04/30/07 8:00 PM Modest Mouse United Palace Theatre New York, NY

Thu, 05/03/07 08:30 PM Modest Mouse The Electric Factory Philadelphia, PA