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Modest Mouse shows what it means to be modest
by Krystal Bick
May 21, 2008 | 1594 views | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Courtesy photo - Indie-rockers Modest Mouse perform at the Grand Sierra Resort on Tuesday.
Courtesy photo - Indie-rockers Modest Mouse perform at the Grand Sierra Resort on Tuesday.

For those who are into the indie-rock scene, Modest Mouse’s music video “Little Motel” is just another poignantly filmed four minutes on MTV. But for those in the indie-rock scene who happen to know of the Reno/Sparks area, it’s something closer to home.

“Little Motel,” a song from Modest Mouse’s latest album, “We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank,” released in March 2007, was filmed in the downtown Reno area, featuring shots of the Cal-Neva, Fitzgeralds and even the construction areas on South Virginia Street.

Modest Mouse will be coming back to Reno Tuesday to pay respects by playing at the Grand Sierra Resort.

Modest Mouse, from Issaquah, Wash., was formed in 1993, gaining mainstream radio play and popularity with such hits as “Float On” and “Ocean Breathes Salty.” While enjoying top chart hits, the band has not compromised its musical integrity or longtime fans, a mark that makes it a success in an industry often claimed to be full of sell-outs.

The band consists of singer/guitarist Isaac Brock, drummer Jeremiah Green, bassist Eric Judy, guitarist Johnny Marr, percussionist Joe Plummer and multi-instrumentalist Tom Peloso. The lineup has graced the Reno/Sparks area in the past, rocking crowds with Brock’s distinctive yelping, shouting and singing accompanied by the punchy guitar and percussion rhythms for which the band is renowned.

After changing record labels several times, Modest Mouse signed with Epic Records in 2000, leading to the group’s successful fourth studio album, “Good News For People Who Love Bad News,” which was nominated for Best Alternative Rock Album at the 47th Annual Grammy Awards. While Modest Mouse did not walk away with an award that night, “Good News” became a platinum-selling record, scoring the band a performance spot on Saturday Night Live.

While making television appearances, Modest Mouse came across its next gig appearing on an episode of Fox’s hit show “The O.C.” in 2005. The popular series was known for showcasing indie bands with growing popularity, such as The Walkmen and Death Cab for Cutie, and proved that Modest Mouse has widespread appeal.

The band’s most recent album further proved the band’s appeal by entering the Billboard Top 200 chart at No. 1.

Modest Mouse is working on its next batch of songs in between touring dates, including appearances at the Sasquatch Festival Saturday in George, Wash., and a national tour alongside longtime alternative band R.E.M. and The National.

Opening for Modest Mouse on Tuesday at the Grand Sierra Resort is A Decent Animal. Doors open at 8 p.m.

Tickets are on sale at the Grand Sierra Resort box office for $35 and can also be purchased by calling 789-2000 or by visiting the Grand Sierra Web site at
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