Continuing what’s already been a good day for music by artists we've been waiting too long to hear something new from, hallowed indie rock band Modest Mouse premiered their first new song in over five years this morning.
One day ahead of its release as a single, “Lampshades on Fire” is now available to listen to at The Current. Although a live version of the new song has been floating around on YouTube for some time, the studio version of “Lampshades on Fire” is the first new Modest Mouse music since their 2009 album No One’s First and You’re Next. Last week, the band joined Instagram and appeared to tease the single in their first post.
New details about Modest Mouse’s upcoming album have also emerged. According to the fan site Interstate-8, the new Modest Mouse album is entitled Strangers to Ourselves and will be released on March 3. Apparently, several members of the fan’s online community were contacted by the band’s management last week for their mailing addresses, which resulted in some excited Twitter posts this weekend:
— Modest Mouse (@ModestMouse123) December 14, 2014
Although Strangers to Ourselves is Modest Mouse’s first album since No One’s First and You’re Next, that record was a collection of unreleased songs and b-sides from Good News For People Who Love Bad News, marking this as their first new studio album since 2007. Big Boi of Outkast revealed in 2011 that he was working with the band in his Stankonia Studios, although it’s currently unclear whether his contributions and that of its other high-profile guest, former Nirvana bassist and fellow Pacific Northwesterner Krist Novoselic, will make in on the final album.
Regardless, Modest Mouse’s return is exciting news for fans of the endearingly quirky band. Check out the single art for “Lampshade on Fire” above, and listen to the new song here.