Washington-based indie rockers Modest Mouse have been keeping a relatively low profile since the release of their most recent EP, No One’s First and You’re Next, in 2009. But on Monday, the band started an official Instagram account and their first post appears to indicate that new music may be on the horizon.
The first post by Isaac Brock and company is an image of a record that says “Side A: “Lampshades on Fire.” According to Pitchfork, the band has been playing a song believed to go by that title since 2011. Listen to a recording of a performance of that song from the 2011 Sasquatch Festival in the video embedded above.
Modest Mouse has been working on their new album for what feels like forever. Although they released the aforementioned No One’s First and You’re Next EP in 2009, the band hasn’t released a proper studio album since the Gold-selling We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank in 2007.
The new album sounds like it could be the band’s most ambitious yet, no small feat for one of the most daring groups in the indie scene. In 2011, Big Boi of Outkast revealed that he had been working as a producer on the album, telling MTV, “We was in here doing 14-hour days... It was all day long. We'd jam, we'd talk, we'd jam some more. It was a real cool experience." Former Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic is also rumored to have contributed to the album.
Further announcements about new music should be coming soon, as the band is scheduled to perform at the second night of KROQ’s annual Almost Acoustic Christmas this Sunday, December 14. They also recently reissued a deluxe edition of their first two albums, This is a Long Drive for Someone with Nothing to Think About and The Lonesome Crowded West.
Listen to a live version of “Lampshades on Fire” above.