After a round of shows in Cali, Modest Mouse packed up their gear and Johnny Marr and descended upon NYC for a string of five gigs. After opening the run at Nokia Theater, the band settled in for two at Webster Hall and then another two at Bowery, capping it off with a demonstration that they were fans of viral video.
We weren’t gonna let ‘em get through the city without paying our respects, so we made it over to the first night at Webster last Tuesday. We came with some high expectations, and while the band held it together and were undoubtedly tight, they’re still working on a dynamic approximating a true, organically-grown indie rock outfit, as opposed to a sextet featuring a hired gun. Honestly though, the night was amazing if only ’cause we were this close to Johnny Marr.
Handsome devil. Anyway, the new stuff sounds promising, though not quite the marriage of Marr to Mouse for which we were hoping. We imagine a good number of you guys managed to catch the band during their bi-coastal run, too. What did you think? It’s early in the game, but did the new stuff play as well as you’d hoped? And does the lineup change suit your tastes?
If anything, the show has us even more curious about We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank.