Aside from last year’s ‘No One’s First and You’re Next’ EP, Modest Mouse hasn’t made much of a squeak recently, but 2010’s looking to be a bit different. First off, for this weekend’s Record Store Day festivities, their landmark major label debut, 2000’s ‘The Moon and Antarctica’ will get the vinyl reissue treatment, complete with remastered audio.
On top of that, the band also confirmed a slew of headlining dates this summer, starting on July 1 at Broomfield, Colo.’s 1st Bank Center. From there, they’ll trek through the Midwest, including a stop in Chicago for the annual Pitchfork Festival, before heading for a few stops in the Southeast. They’ll end the tour at Boston’s House of Blues on July 24.
A handful of dates in the UK are also scheduled for the end of August, but more importantly, will we see new material from Isaac Brock and company? Their last full-length was 2007’s ‘We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank,’ for which they toured for nearly two years, including a nationwide arena tour with R.E.M. and the National. Back then, former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr was a fulltime member, but since then, they’ve recruited former Granddaddy axeman Jim Fairchild for touring duties.
It’s also not like Isaac Brock’s been sitting around watching TV — he recently produced the debut album for Portland, Ore.’s Mimicking Birds — but still, here’s to hoping some new material surfaces this summer. For full tour dates, click here.