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Modest Mouse

Modest Mouse: live in Seattlelive in Seattle (2007)
Sony Music Entertainment

Reviewer Rating: 4


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Love as Laughter played for far too long. This review is not about them. For their latest album and current tour, Modest Mouse brought in two new members and one familiar to the band: Johnny Marr on guitar, Joe Plummer on percussive instruments, and Tom Peloso on a variety of things --predominant.


Love as Laughter played for far too long. This review is not about them.

For their latest album and current tour, Modest Mouse brought in two new members and one familiar to the band: Johnny Marr on guitar, Joe Plummer on percussive instruments, and Tom Peloso on a variety of things --predominantly the keyboard.

My own experience with the band's live performance, as well as the familiar complaints of others ("They suck live, they were all drunk!") kept my expectations low as far as energy was concerned, so the intensity with which Isaac Brock played, sang, yelped, and screamed surprised me. He knocked over his microphone more times than I can remember, leapt off the stage*, and played his guitar as his younger self had. Marr seemed to be almost posing at times, which is no slight against him: His guitar playing was flawless and his backup vocals impressive. Bassist Eric Judy was the only member to lack energy but more than made up for it with sheer musicianship.

Brock and Marr, positioned at opposite ends of the stage, balanced each other visually as well as sonically, alternating leads. Neither overpowered the other, opting instead to respect when one guitarist deserved the focus of the crowd.

There were a few sound problems plaguing the band's set: The feedback that has almost become a trademark of the band was easily forgiven, but Peloso's microphone was never turned on. For the entirety of the show, his backup vocals were missing, but even more noticeable was the absence of the brass. "Spitting Venom" suffered the most from this.

Some of the songs received the appropriate Modest Mouse live treatment, and were turned into extended jams -- but at no point was it overwrought, excessive, or dull. Brock returned to his practice of improvising lyrics in songs like "Trailer Trash" and "Tiny Cities Made of Ashes." The final song, "Spitting Venom," was perhaps the longest song of the night, with Brock signaling to his bandmates to keep playing. Once the music stopped, the theater was silent with the exception of Brock riffing lines to finish the song. It was a perfect finale.

* - I know this is standard fare for most shows we hear about on this site, but at the Paramount, it stood out.

Set list (complete, but not entirely in order):

  • Bury Me with It
  • Black Cadillacs
  • Dashboard
  • Paper Thin Walls
  • Fire It Up
  • The View
  • Float On
  • Trailer Trash
  • Missed the Boat
  • We've Got Everything
  • Tiny Cities Made of Ashes
  • Doin' the Cockroach
  • Bukowski
  • Encore:
  • Ocean Breathes Salty
  • Spitting Venom

 

 
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Fine Print: The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. We are not respon sible for them in any way. Seriously.
billay (December 4, 2008)

i hate you dante

benz (April 26, 2007)

It's true though. Every show review is good to great.

I should start posting all the terrible shows I went to.

-benz

benz (April 26, 2007)

"Congratulations to Modest Mouse, it only took them 10 years to put together a decent show"

Hahaha, so true.

SloaneDaley (April 25, 2007)

in my opinion every bands live show should be between 3.5 - 4.5 if it isn't the band should just be a studio project or better yet not exist at all.

leecorsoisapenis (April 25, 2007)

Here you go sucker. Took me about 10 seconds to find. Although, even at Modest Mouse's worst, their performance should still garner 3 and 1/2 stars.

http://www.punknews.org/review/4477

Jim

Anonymous (April 25, 2007)

Shut up Dante.

Anonymous (April 25, 2007)

has there EVER been a live show review on here that didn't receive at least 3.5 stars?

someone find a show that didn't get a good review.
i bet it doesn't exist!

leecorsoisapenis (April 24, 2007)

I would like some "Shit Luck" please.

Jim

rearanged3 (April 24, 2007)

wow...can't believe they're not playing third planet anymore. 9 songs from the last two albums...that's shitty. i wish they would play a few more off of the first three.

brown (April 24, 2007)

It'd be nice if they played "A Different City" or "Alone Down There"

Dante3000 (April 24, 2007)

Congratulations to Modest Mouse, it only took them 10 years to put together a decent show.
-Dante

telegraphrocks (April 24, 2007)

I like Modest Mouse. That is all.

Anonymous (April 24, 2007)

"Love as Laughter played for far too long. This review is not about them. "

Beautiful. Score is for THAT line.

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