like jeff-heath (whose review appears below), i saw modest mouse at the cat's cradle in chapel hill/carrsboro, nc. they took me away from that little club in a strip mall in--as far as i was concerned--the middle-of-nowhere, north carolina and introduced me to a world of feedback-laden sonic resonance replete with startling outbursts of lyrics presented in torrents of tormented yelps.
they played four songs from "building something...", a cd which includes many of my favorite mm songs. when they played "interstate 8" halfway through, i figured i could leave the club and live a sated life or die a happy death for having heard it live.
but i'm writing from the perspective of a kill-for-their-honor fan. for those who don't know...
this cd would be a great starting point. i don't know where all these songs were culled from, but they did a fantastic job. this compilation is variously viewed as "greatest hits", "also rans", "hey, these are good too". whatever. in short, it's a great introduction to the skewed, raw world of mm. while some people "get it" immediately, for others it may take awhile to fold into the sometimes obtuse ("baby blue sedan") and sometimes hard reality ("grey ice water") of isaac brock's lyrics. the band's music is another thing altogether, what with guitar work that slaps you into listening if your mind wanders and the extraordinary drumming of jeremiah green.
modest mouse is an often overlooked aural treat. while i enjoy that fact, i'm sure the boys in the band would appreciate more ears. and they surely deserve it.