As of 2007, Modest Mouse had released five studio albums in eleven years since their conception. They were bonkers and ever-changing, but their studio output was reliable. It’s been eight years since that year’s album ‘We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank’. A break of this length between studio albums is almost exclusively labelled with the ‘hiatus’ tag. In Modest Mouse’s situation though, calling this time period as a break of any kind would be an injustice, and in fact it’s potentially been the most interesting and compelling near-decade of their existence.
The result, due on March 3rd, is set to bring together every line-up change, potential collaboration, cancelled tour and old/new song that hasn’t yet found home on a full-length, and whatever ‘Strangers To Ourselves’ brings, it’s bound to be as obtuse and unusual as Modest Mouse have made their name for being. To work out just what has been going on in camp Brock and co for the past eight years, DIY chronicle every turn the band have made over their ‘break’ and what it could mean for the record they are about to finally unveil.