The long wait is over. Modest Mouse are going to release a new album, their first since 2007′s Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank, sometime early next year, according to Revolt (via Consequence of Sound). The speculation started this week when the Portland band posted a photo of a 7-inch record with the song title “Lampshades on Fire” written on it, and now DJ Robin Roth of San Diego’s 91X posted a picture of the single’s CD version, saying it will hit the airwaves on the morning of Monday, December 15.
It’s unclear what took Modest Mouse so long to get their act together. They’ve been playing “Lampshades” since 2014 and they’ve been performing regularly. Outkast’s Big Boi recently spoke about his long-rumored involvement in the project and its delay, saying, “We’ve got these songs they’ve been sitting on forever. I saw [frontman Isaac Brock] a couple months ago and they’re working on some additions to what we did. I don’t know. It’s a crazy camp over there. It’s coming. Talk to him! He’s the boss.”
Hear the first performance of “Lampshades on Fire” below.