Dance Hall: Modest Mouse Salvages a Rough Start in Spokane
Line up outside a Modest Mouse show and you’re bound to hear the classic hipster debate of which fan discovered the band first, “before they were cool.” However futile the argument, the tone felt appropriate in Spokane on May 23 as the veteran indie band formally launched its summer tour to a rowdy and ravenous audience.
To grasp Modest Mouse’s history and reach, you need only inventory the audience—from teenagers to Baby Boomers—all mingling together as the crowd packed tighter. The band’s latest release, 2015’s Strangers to Ourselves, came eight years after their last record, We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank, and is the first without bassist Eric Judy. Only two of the founding members, vocalist and guitarist Isaac Brock and drummer Jeremiah Green, remain from the group’s founding in 1993.
Photos by Erick Doxey