ARTIST: Modest Mouse
TITLE: This Is a Long Drive for Someone with Nothing to Think About
YEAR RELEASED: 1996
CHART ACTION: None
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Maybe in my neck of the woods, mayhaps. They are originally from Issaquah, where our favorite pet store is (Mud Bay), and they have a Five Guys, Barnes & Noble, Chipotle and a nice Target. But I digress…
LINEUP: Isaac Brock, Jeremiah Green, Eric Judy, Steve Wold
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Suburban Seattle-area band releases first album after a long string of cassettes and short-run Eps. It’s a long album for someone to take in all at once.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: While you can call this a debut, Modest Mouse had been recording for quite a while before this first full-length came out. And while their more popular stuff is more polished, the material here has the same angular, off-base feel – vocally, lyrically and musically.
The guitar work by Brock (with help from producer Wold) is fairly intriguing. It definitely reminds one of some Built to Spill freakouts at times. Maybe there’s something in the air in the northwest?
Some of this screams INDIE ROCK, of course – meaning it’s a little contrived to my ears. Some of it I exiled because it’s a long one and not everything is great. But it’s a good debut for a band that has a fairly unique sound and world view.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: Before releasing this, they had completed an album but scrapped it. It came out in 2001.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: The vinyl version has two extra tracks – and one of those has never been released anywhere else but the vinyl version of this album.
GRADE: B: I did exile a couple of tracks, and it IS long, and would try your patience if you’re not used to them. However, it’s recommended for those who like their indie rock a little guitar heavy and oddly constructed.