Modest Mouse’s 2009 rarities compilation No One’s First, and Your Next at the time seemed to be the final statement from Isaac Brock and the rest of the Washington state group. Thankfully, the band spent the five years between releases on the road and in the studio. The fruit of their labor is beginning to bear itself, as “Lampshades on Fire” marks the welcome return of the group.
The peppiness of previous lead singles “Dashboard” and “Float On” is still present, but its tempered with some musical choices that harken back to The Moon & Antarctica and the rest of their back catalog. By the time the final chorus kicks in with a hodgepodge of disparate parts, it becomes clear why we missed the band so much in the first place.
Strangers to Ourselves is out 3 March 2015. Stream the track over at The Current before it’s release tomorrow.