Modest Mouse Marks 25th Anniversary of their 1997 Classic Album with their Lonesome Crowded West Tour with Mattress

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Written By | Jessica Gomez

To celebrate the 25th Anniversary of their album “Lonesome Crowded West”, Modest Mouse played it in its entirety to the screaming fans of Dallas at Southside Ballroom.

Before the headliner, Rex Marshall, who preforms future lounge music as Mattress, came on stage dressed to the nines to sing and banter with the crowd. Laughing, screaming, and cheering could be heard throughout the building as Mattress pranced around the stage in his glittery gold jacket and matching shoes. The set wasn’t quite complete until he whipped out his harmonica.

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The crowd went nuts. As Mattress exited the stage he screamed, “Now get ready for Modest Mouse!” After that the crowd couldn’t contain themselves as they tried to patiently wait for Isaac Brock and company to take the stage.

The lights dimmed and the crowd burst into loud cheering as the band picked up their instruments and began their set. As promised, the band started with the first track from Lonesome Crowded West, “Teeth Like God’s Shoeshine”. As soon as the first few rifts from the guitar could be heard, there wasn’t one silent person in the building. As I scanned the crowd there was one distinct observation that I couldn’t shake. Everyone in that crowd knew every single lyric to every single song that was played during Modest Mouse’s set. Even after 25 years, their sophomore album continues to connect with the fans, and Modest Mouse is still able to play this classic album as if it was made yesterday.

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As Modest Mouse continued to rip through the album during the night, the crowd just kept getting louder and more amped up with every passing song. The night ended with four encore songs including “Five Stop Superior Rain”, a Flaming Lips cover, “A Life of Arctic Sounds”, “Edit the Sad Parts”, and “Night on the Sun”. I don’t think the crowd expected anything less from this great band.

Jessica Gomez