Modest Mouse: Isaac Brock (vocals, guitar); Eric Judy (keyboards, bass); Jeremiah Green (drums, percussion).
Additional personnel includes: Tim Rutilli (guitar); Ben Blankenship (bass); Ben Massarella (percussion).
Its unlikely ascension to a major label didn't prevent Pacific Northwest trio Modest Mouse from pulling old school indie rock moves. In 2000, the band quietly released the limited 4-song vinyl-only collection NIGHT ON THE SUN on their early home Up Records. Back on the label which mates them with a certain King of Pop, 2001's nattily named EVERYWHERE AND HIS NASTY PARLOUR TRICKS brings the worthy songs on said collection to the light of the majority who have sadly said goodbye to the world of needles and RPM. Completing the EP are three new songs and a subtly beautiful (not to mention weird) instrumental collage of tunes from the full-length THE MOON & ANTARCTICA.
Modest Mouse partially owes its success to a knack for balancing atonal, off-the-wall punk sensibilities with perfect pop hooks. Nowhere is this more evident than on "I Came As A Rat (Long Walk Off a Short Dock)," with its emphatic bop-along chants and melodic refrains over a hypnotic, swirling psychedelic soundscape. The threesome also thrives with lyrics both simple and sonorous, like the repeated "you're hopelessly hopeless, I hope so" on the winding "Night On The Sun." EVERYWHERE stands as a hearty, if too short, release from these unfailing defenders of the lo-fi faith.
Rolling Stone (12/13/01, p.149) - 3.5 stars out of 5 - "...[Their] sparsest and strangest release, a parched, alien beauty illuminated by a web of little guitar solos that flicker like heat lightning..."
CMJ (10/8/01, p.17) - "...EVERYWHERE is one trick you'll be happy to fall for..."
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