Indie-rock veterans Modest Mouse played The Armory last night. They were greeted by thousands of long-time fans who were clearly feeling more at home this time around. Their last tour through the Twin Cities was an opening set for Black Keys at Target Center in 2019.
Their set twisted and turned through their 20+ year career in a way that seemed to give something to every type of fan. Most notably to me, they didn’t shy away from playing their hits. The set felt like a reward. It included unexpected gems like “Bukowski”, “King Rat”, and “Bury Me With It” next to songs like “Dashboard” and “Float On”.
The new material from their 2021 album Golden Casket felt right at home in the set. “We’re Lucky”, “We Are Between”, and “The Sun Hasn’t Left” were all proof that these guys still know exactly how to change up their style without alienating the audience.
One thing about seeing Modest Mouse live is their attention to detail. As a band with such a huge catalog of work, they have used so many obscure instruments. They typically have every instrument on stage rather than sampling or using backing tracks to fill out those complexities. It adds richness to the performance, and it’s great to see such multi-faceted musicians bring the songs to life.
Mostly, it just felt REALLY great to hear some solid music from a band that has been with so many of us through ups and downs over the years. There’s a lot of comfort value from that in these times. See some photos and setlist below:
I Came As A Rat
Fuck Your Acid Trip
Fire It Up
Bury Me With It
The Sun Hasn’t Left
The Tortoise and the Tourist
Never Fuck A Spider on the Fly
We Are Between
Doin’ the Cockroach
The World At Large
Back to the Middle
The Ground Walks, With Time in a Box