We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank

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Indie rock may not be the juggernaut that "classic rock" was in the 70s when I was growing up. The Stones, The Who, Led Zepplin, they have no match in today’s music scene.

But that doesn’t mean there aren’t great bands putting out great records. The Arcade Fire, The Shins, The Decemberists, The Flaming Lips, Wilco, and Modest Mouse are to me now what those bands were then. And thankfully we’ve got new records from a bunch of these bands this spring.

I’ve already posted about Neon Bible from Arcade Fire and Wincing The Night Away from The Shins. The third record in that triumverate is We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank by Modest Mouse, available for pre-order on Amazon. I got an advance copy yesterday and it took me less than a nanosecond to put it on and give it a listen.

I’d heard a bunch of the songs at the live show at Webster I saw last November. This record is classic Modest Mouse, but it sounds a bit different than the prior two (Antartica and Good News). The addition of Johnny Marr (formerly of The Smiths) does bring a new guitar sound to the record and I like it.

The record has apparently leaked and there are a bunch of the new songs on The Hypemachine. And you can hear the new single Dashboard on Modest Mouse’s MySpace page or their official website.

But this wouldn’t be a music post without some music on it. So here’s my favorite track on the record, called Fire It Up.

Fire It Up – Modest Mouse