Modest Mouse Share “Lampshades on Fire,” from First Album Since 2007

Marc Hogan

By Marc Hogan

Lead News Writer
on 12.15.14 in News

UPDATE: Modest Mouse have shared the cover art, below, for new album Strangers to Ourselves. No tracklist is available yet, but the album is available for physical presale via Glacial Pace and digital presale via iTunes.

Modest Mouse, 'Strangers to Ourselves,' cover art

D’Angelo isn’t the only long-silent artist making a recorded return today. Modest Mouse will release Strangers to Ourselves, their first album since 2007′s We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank, on March 3 via Epic Records, according to The Current. The Minneapolis public radio station has also premiered “Lampshades on Fire,” the long-player’s first single.

The song has been part of Modest Mouse’s live sets since 2011. It plays to the Portland, Oregon band’s familiar strengths, with a jaunty wordless hook amid off-kilter guitars and darkly impressionistic lyrics that suggest “the human race” trashing the planet and then packing up for “outer space.” There’s no sign of Big Boi‘s long-speculated involvement on the album, which the OutKast rapper addressed in a recent interview, saying, “We’ve got these songs they’ve been sitting on forever.” Also unclear is any role by Nirvana‘s Krist Novoselic, who said in a 2013 interview he played a “pretty edgy” bass riff on the album.

The influential indie rockers recently reissued their first two records, 1997′s The Lonesome Crowded West and 1996′s This Is a Long Drive for Someone With Nothing to Think About. Late last year, the group announced it was canceling its U.K. and European tours to finish the new album, which is their first new release since 2009′s odds-and-sods EP No One’s First and You’re Next. In other Modest Mouse-related developments, their longtime photographer Pat Graham recently published a book documenting the Isaac Brock-led outfit’s rise.

Listen to “Lampshades on Fire” below, and scroll down for a 2011 live performance.