In the second half of Modest Mouse's two decades making music, each new release has felt like the start of an entirely new chapter in the band's career. In 2004, Good News for People Who Love Bad News launched the group from the underground into something resembling mainstream visibility. In 2007, We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank added a shot of rock royalty, as Johnny Marr of The Smiths joined the ranks as a co-songwriter and guitarist.
Modest Mouse's new album, Strangers to Ourselves, can't help but be a career mile-marker: It's the first new music from the band in eight years. What took so long this time around?Read more