Modest Mouse are the elder statesmen of indie rock – not quite godfathers like Yo La Tengo, but too old to be considered ‘upstarts’, like Arcade Fire and Dashboard Confessional. Whatever, Modest Mouse are often held up as a band that suck, but people who say they suck haven’t heard ‘The Lonesome Crowded West’ or ‘No One’s First And Your Next’.
However, as far as “Lampshades On Fire” goes, it’s pretty standard Modest Mouse fare. I was speaking in cliches before, but at this point Modest Mouse are kind of just parodying themselves. “Lampshades On Fire” isn’t bad, per se, but it begins and ends like most Modest Mouse songs do, with Isaac Brock having a grumble, stringent guitars and drums that thwak like sheets of bamboo,