The crowd at a Modest Mouse show is similar to the type of people you'd see in a Denny's at 3 am. You've got kids far too young to be out that late, teens trying desperately to be cool and look fashionable, the Denny's staff who eternally look pissed off and, of course, the drunkards. Last Tuesday's (2/24) Modest Mouse show (really more of a concert but it just breaks my heart to think of them as a band that plays 'concerts') was no different besides, perhaps, a few more drunkards.
Isaac Brock kept his talking to a minimum, which was nice seeing as how he's an incredible prick. When he did talk between songs he made fun of some guys Smiths shirt. That was better than the last time I saw them, at least, where he told the whole crowd to fuck off before playing "Float On," which, happily enough didn't make the setlist this time around. The song selection consisted of a handful of songs off Good News, The Moon and Antartica, and The Lonesome Crowded West along with a few from We Were Dead and This Is A Long Drive and a relic from Everywhere and His Nasty Parlor Tricks.
The highlight of the night was easily "Talking Shit About a Pretty Sunset." To hear Brock shout the lines, "You were looking kind of anxious in your cross armed stance, like a bad tempered prom queen at a homecoming dance." to a room of thousands of cross armed Hollywood hipsters was the most blissful irony of my life. I was sure to put my hands in my pockets for that part.
"Dance Hall" off Good News For People Who Love Bad News.