When Modest Mouse rolled into New Braunfels, still touring behind their past album, Strangers to Ourselves, our ModXMan music guy on the go Ian Weed didn’t know what to expect. Here’s what he found…
Modest Mouse’s Isaac Brock and his crew played the Austin 360 Amphitheatre last year with Brand New (sidenote: how awesome is their new album?) and this time around they stopped at one of my favorite venues, the Whitewater Amphitheater just down I-35.
Early into the set Brock apologized and said he was losing his voice, but It didn’t sound that way to me as they ripped into their 20-song set. They leaned heavy into the songs off their latest album, Lampshades on Fire, early in the set had the crowd moving. The energy the band was putting off was electric. A lot of smiles and dancing occurred throughout the crowd as they played The Ground Walks with Time in a Box, easily my favorite song off the Strangers LP.
Modest Mouse is one of those bands that I’ll check out whenever they come around. They are intense and fun live to watch live. At one point, there were nine people on stage playing at once. A few members are multi-instrumental and trade off depending on what song it is. In fact, one song there were three people on drums/percussion that was a highlight of the performance.
As it is with bands that have an extensive catalog, there are always going to be some songs you want to hear that don’t get played. Aside from the new album, they played a few songs from their past albums, too. Highlights were Bukowski, Cowboy Dan, Tiny Cities Made of Ashes and the ripping Invisible as a set closer.
The Whitewater Amphitheater is a really cool, perfectly-sized venue. You’re outside and you’re near a river, so what’s not to love about that (in warmer months, tubing during the day is an option)? Whitewater also gets a variety of artists that come through like the Avett Brothers, Jason Isbell, Bryan Adams and Pretty Lights, to name a few. I can’t wait to return to see what this Central Texas jewel has to offer next.
(Photos courtesy of Modest Mouse)