LAist Reviews: Modest Mouse - We Were Dead...
We don't care what you think about Isaac Brock and by the tone of the psychotic laughter punctuating We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank's opening track ("March Into the Sea"), neither does he. Brock grew up in Issaquah, Washington, where he lived in a (reportedly not-so-shabby) trailer home with his parents, who were part of the Grace Gospel Church, which in some way was affiliated with the infamous Waco Branch Davidians.
As Modest Mouse's previous (four+) records, We Were Dead is littered with obscure references to God, water, and the universe, and replete with twisted, cynical lyrics that are brightened by catchy melodies and tight, edgy rhythms. Brock continues his post-Ugly Casanova implementation of the occasional violin, accordion, banjo, and even a horn. But before we label Brock a songwriting genius, its worth noting that he may be more than a little bit insane (as the 'Fork notes, Brock highlighted MM's performance of "Tiny Cities" in South Dakota this week with some bloody self-mutilation).
Water is a dominant element on We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank and as the title suggests, no matter how MM gets pushed around -- or even embarrassed and abused (see the 12 American Idol finalists obliterate "Float On" in this Ford commercial) the band can't be drowned.