After making fans wait eight long years, Modest Mouse will finally release a new album, Strangers to Ourselves, on March 17th. Isaac Brock and company have already unveiled four songs from the 15-track LP, which follows up 2007's We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank. Now with Strangers to Ourselves' release two weeks away, the group has shared the record's closing track, "Of Course We Know."
The closer is a change of pace for Modest Mouse, who often end their albums with fits of cacophony, like on We Were Dead's "Invisible" and The Moon & Antarctica's "What People Are Made Of." This time around, the music feels like it's slowly building toward a Spaghetti Western shootout with dusty guitars and Brock steadily repeating the line, "Lord, lay down your own damn soul." The song – and the album – ends ethereally with a solemn piano outro.
"Of Course We Know" follows previous Strangers to Ourselves offerings like "Lampshades on Fire," "The Best Room," "Coyotes" and "The Ground Walks, With Time in a Box." In support of their new album, Modest Mouse will also embark on a trek that kicks off March 7th at Tampa, Florida's Gasparilla Music Festival.
Modest Mouse Tour Dates:
March 7 – Tampa, FL @ Gasparilla Music Festival
March 9 – Athens, GA @ Georgia Theatre
March 10 – Chattanooga, TN @ Track 29
March 12 – Charleston, SC @ North Charleston PAC
March 13 – Raleigh, NC @ The Ritz
March 18 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall
March 19 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall
April 17 – Buffalo, NY @ Asbury Hall at Babeville
April 19 – Ithaca, NY @ Barton Hall at Cornell University
April 20 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
April 22 – Memphis, TN @ Minglewood Hall
April 24 – Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom
April 25 – Frisco, TX @ Toyota Stadium (Edge Fest)
May 23 – George, WA @ Sasquatch! Music Festival
June 19 – Dover, DE @ Firefly Music Festival
July 19 – Louisville, KY @ Forecastle Festival
July 22 – Brooklyn, NY @ Prospect Bark Bandshell
July 23 – Boston, MA @ Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
July 25 – Oro-Medonte, ON @ WayHome Music and Arts Festival