Complete List Of Modest Mouse Albums And Songs

Modest Mouse Albums

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Complete List Of Modest Mouse Albums And Songs presents the discography of a band formed in 1992 in Issaquah, Washington, a small town outside of Seattle. The original lineup consisted of Isaac Brock on vocals and guitar, Eric Judy on bass, and Jeremiah Green on drums. The band’s name was inspired by a passage from Virginia Woolf’s story “The Mark on the Wall,” which referred to the working class as “modest, mouse-like people.” In their early years, the trio honed their craft in the burgeoning Pacific Northwest indie scene, characterized by its DIY ethos and affinity for unconventional rock sounds.

First Releases and Breakthrough (1996–2000)

In 1996, Modest Mouse released their debut album, This Is a Long Drive for Someone with Nothing to Think About, on the independent label Up Records. The album garnered enough critical attention to earn them a cult following and a contract with major label Epic Records. Their sophomore album, The Lonesome Crowded West, released in 1997, was a critical darling, featuring iconic tracks like “Doin’ the Cockroach” and “Trailer Trash.” The album is often cited as one of the defining works of indie rock.

During the late 1990s, the band also released a series of EPs and compilation albums, including Building Nothing Out of Something in 2000. These projects maintained their indie cred while also showing signs of a band ready for larger commercial success.

Mainstream Success (2001–2006)

Their next studio album, The Moon & Antarctica, was released in 2000 and marked a turning point in the band’s career. Produced by Brian Deck, the album saw the band embracing a more polished, expansive sound. It received widespread critical acclaim and was eventually certified Gold in the United States. However, it was their 2004 release, Good News for People Who Love Bad News, that catapulted them into mainstream success. The album featured the hit single “Float On,” which received heavy radio airplay and was nominated for a Grammy Award.

Personnel Changes and Continued Relevance (2007–Present)

Over the years, Modest Mouse has seen several lineup changes, with Brock remaining the constant member. Johnny Marr, the former guitarist for The Smiths, joined the band in 2006 and contributed to their next album, We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank, released in 2007. This album debuted at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart, marking the peak of their commercial success to date.

The band took an extended hiatus before releasing their next studio album, Strangers to Ourselves, in 2015. Although the album did not achieve the commercial heights of its predecessors, it was generally well-received by critics and fans alike.

In 2021, Modest Mouse released their seventh studio album, The Golden Casket, which explored themes of technological alienation and existential angst. The album continued the band’s tradition of experimental rock, pushing their sound in new, electronic directions.

MODEST MOUSE STUDIO ALBUMS

This Is a Long Drive for Someone with Nothing to Think About
Released 1996

Before indie rock became a household term, Modest Mouse arrived on the scene with their debut album, This Is a Long Drive for Someone with Nothing to Think About, offering a glimpse into the lo-fi movement that was beginning to sweep the underground music scene. The band—originally a trio—consisted of Isaac Brock on vocals and guitar, Jeremiah Green on drums, and Eric Judy on bass. Steve Wold, who would later gain fame as Seasick Steve, is credited with co-producing and engineering the album. It was recorded at Moon Studios in Seattle, Washington, between 1994 and 1995.

The album debuted on Up Records and didn’t chart initially. Despite its modest beginnings, the album has since gained a cult following and is often cited as one of the defining works of indie rock during that era. It is noted for its introspective lyrics that dwell on existential themes and its distinctive instrumental arrangements, which combined lo-fi, punk, and rock influences. Songs like “Dramamine” and “Breakthrough” became anthems for a generation grappling with the complexities of life, relationships, and self-identity.

The album features the original Modest Mouse trio, with Isaac Brock’s often-brutal, angular guitar work and idiosyncratic vocal stylings taking center stage. Jeremiah Green’s inventive drumming and Eric Judy’s melodic bass lines create a complex, textured sound that defies easy categorization. The album was critically well-received, and though it didn’t have immediate commercial success, its influence has proven to be lasting.

CD Track Listings:

  1. “Dramamine” – 5:42
  2. “Breakthrough” – 4:15
  3. “Custom Concern” – 4:28
  4. “Might” – 1:31
  5. “Lounge” – 6:32
  6. “Beach Side Property” – 6:59
  7. “She Ionizes & Atomizes” – 4:20
  8. “Head South” – 4:22
  9. “Dog Paddle” – 2:02
  10. “Novocain Stain” – 3:40
  11. “Tundra/Desert” – 5:24
  12. “Ohio” – 6:02
  13. “Exit Does Not Exist” – 5:52
  14. “Talking Shit About a Pretty Sunset” – 5:50
  15. “Make Everyone Happy/Mechanical Birds” – 6:01
  16. “Space Travel Is Boring” – 1:53

The Lonesome Crowded West

Just a year after their debut album, Modest Mouse came out with their sophomore album, The Lonesome Crowded West. Often considered a monumental record in the indie rock genre, the album is a sprawling examination of urban sprawl, existentialism, and the American West. The band recorded the album at Moon Music in Olympia, Washington, and Avast Studios in Seattle, Washington. Scott Swayze, who had previously worked on their debut album, returned to produce this seminal work. The core members of the band—Isaac Brock on vocals and guitar, Jeremiah Green on drums, and Eric Judy on bass—were joined by a host of other musicians, adding instruments like the banjo and fiddle to the mix.

Critically, the album was a triumph. It received widespread acclaim for its lyrical complexity, musical innovation, and thematic richness. It touched upon the desolation and loneliness often experienced in the sprawling landscapes and yet somehow bustling environments of the American West. Tracks like “Cowboy Dan” and “Trailer Trash” are particularly resonant, capturing the anguished cry of youth set against the backdrop of a rapidly changing world. Although it didn’t make an immediate splash on mainstream charts, its enduring appeal has made it one of Modest Mouse’s most iconic records, and it’s often cited in discussions of the most influential albums of the 1990s.

CD Track Listings:

  1. “Teeth Like God’s Shoeshine” – 6:52
  2. “Heart Cooks Brain” – 4:02
  3. “Convenient Parking” – 4:07
  4. “Lounge (Closing Time)” – 7:03
  5. “Jesus Christ Was an Only Child” – 2:36
  6. “Doin’ the Cockroach” – 4:18
  7. “Cowboy Dan” – 6:14
  8. “Trailer Trash” – 5:50
  9. “Out of Gas” – 2:31
  10. “Long Distance Drunk” – 3:43
  11. “Shit Luck” – 0:58
  12. “Truckers Atlas” – 10:57
  13. “Polar Opposites” – 3:29
  14. “Bankrupt on Selling” – 2:56
  15. “Styrofoam Boots/It’s All Nice on Ice, Alright” – 6:53

The Moon & Antarctica

Released in 2000

With their third album, The Moon & Antarctica, Modest Mouse took a giant leap both in terms of musical sophistication and thematic depth. The album was the band’s first for a major label, Epic Records, and was recorded at Clava Studios in Chicago, Illinois. It was produced by Brian Deck, who had previously worked with artists like Red Red Meat and Califone. The core trio of Isaac Brock (vocals and guitar), Jeremiah Green (drums), and Eric Judy (bass) was complemented by additional musicians including Ben Blankenship and Tyler Reilly, who contributed additional guitars and violin, respectively.

Critical reception to the album was overwhelmingly positive. The record is often hailed as a modern classic, fusing elements of indie rock with ambitious, atmospheric production that led to comparisons with seminal works like Radiohead’s OK Computer. The album wrestles with themes of existential despair, human isolation, and cosmic insignificance, all wrapped up in Brock’s poetic lyricism. It didn’t storm the charts immediately upon its release but has since been recognized as a high watermark for the band and the genre, making appearances on several “Best of the Decade” lists.

CD Track Listings:

  1. “3rd Planet” – 3:59
  2. “Gravity Rides Everything” – 4:20
  3. “Dark Center of the Universe” – 5:03
  4. “Perfect Disguise” – 2:41
  5. “Tiny Cities Made of Ashes” – 3:42
  6. “A Different City” – 3:07
  7. “The Cold Part” – 5:01
  8. “Alone Down There” – 2:22
  9. “The Stars Are Projectors” – 8:46
  10. “Wild Packs of Family Dogs” – 1:44
  11. “Paper Thin Walls” – 3:01
  12. “I Came as a Rat” – 3:48
  13. “Lives” – 3:18
  14. “Life Like Weeds” – 6:31
  15. “What People Are Made Of” – 2:15

Good News for People Who Love Bad News

Released in 2004

Good News for People Who Love Bad News represented a watershed moment for Modest Mouse, offering an intriguing blend of mainstream appeal and experimental complexity. The album was recorded in multiple locations, including Sweet Tea Studio in Oxford, Mississippi, and Audible Alchemy in Portland, Oregon. Produced by Dennis Herring, who has also worked with the likes of Elvis Costello and Counting Crows, the album employed an array of instrumentation far beyond the standard rock setup. Alongside core members Isaac Brock (vocals and guitar), Jeremiah Green (drums), and Eric Judy (bass), the album also featured guest musicians like The Flaming Lips’ Wayne Coyne and The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, bringing instruments like the pump organ and trumpet into the fold.

The album was both a critical and commercial success, earning Grammy nominations and boasting two hit singles: “Float On” and “Ocean Breathes Salty.” It climbed to No. 18 on the US Billboard 200 and was certified Platinum. These tracks, along with others like “The World at Large,” captured the imagination of a broad audience, without alienating the band’s original fan base. The lyrics oscillated between existential angst and more approachable, relatable themes, providing a rich tapestry for listeners to explore.

CD Track Listings:

    1. “Horn Intro” – 0:09
    2. “The World at Large” – 4:32
    3. “Float On” – 3:28
    4. “Ocean Breathes Salty” – 3:49
    5. “Dig Your Grave” – 0:12
    6. “Bury Me With It” – 3:49
    7. “Dance Hall” – 2:57
    8. “Bukowski” – 4:14
    9. “This Devil’s Workday” – 2:19
    10. “The View” – 4:11
    11. “Satin in a Coffin” – 2:35
    12. “Interlude (Milo)” – 0:59
    13. “Blame It on the Tetons” – 5:24
    14. “Black Cadillacs” – 2:43
    15. “One Chance” – 3:02
    16. “The Good Times Are Killing Me” – 4:16

Released in 2007, We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank is the fifth studio album by Modest Mouse. Recorded at Sweet Tea Studio in Oxford, Mississippi, and Audible Alchemy in Portland, Oregon, the album saw the band continue its collaboration with producer Dennis Herring. This album is notable for featuring Johnny Marr, the former guitarist of The Smiths, as a full-time member of the band. Isaac Brock served as the lead vocalist and guitarist, Jeremiah Green was on drums, and Eric Judy played the bass. Other musicians involved included Joe Plummer on additional drums and percussion, Tom Peloso on upright bass, and various other contributors on instruments such as trumpet and violin.

The album debuted at the top of the U.S. Billboard 200 chart and was certified Gold, reflecting its commercial success. With tracks like “Dashboard” and “Missed the Boat,” it brought a more polished, almost nautical theme compared to previous works, but did not shed the band’s trademark existential pondering. The album was generally well-received by critics, who praised its intricate arrangements and Brock’s distinctive lyrical style. Songs like “Parting of the Sensory” and “Spitting Venom” are standouts for their introspective lyrics and layered instrumentation.

CD Track Listings:

      1. “March into the Sea” – 3:30
      2. “Dashboard” – 4:06
      3. “Fire It Up” – 4:35
      4. “Florida” – 2:57
      5. “Parting of the Sensory” – 5:34
      6. “Missed the Boat” – 4:25
      7. “We’ve Got Everything” – 3:40
      8. “Fly Trapped in a Jar” – 4:29
      9. “Education” – 3:56
      10. “Little Motel” – 4:44
      11. “Steam Engenius” – 4:26
      12. “Spitting Venom” – 8:27
      13. “People as Places as People” – 3:42
      14. “Invisible” – 3:56

Strangers to Ourselves

After an eight-year hiatus following We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank, Modest Mouse returned with Strangers to Ourselves in 2015. The album was recorded at Ice Cream Party Studios in Portland, Oregon, and was produced by Isaac Brock, Tucker Martine, Brian Deck, Andrew Weiss, and Clay Jones. The primary lineup consisted of Isaac Brock on vocals and guitar, Jeremiah Green on drums, and Russell Higbee replacing Eric Judy on bass. Various session musicians contributed to the album, including Tom Peloso on keyboards and horns, Lisa Molinaro on viola, and Ben Massarella on percussion, among others.

Strangers to Ourselves debuted at number three on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart. The album was met with generally positive reviews from critics, who praised its lyrical depth and experimentation with new sounds, such as orchestral arrangements and electronic influences. Songs like “Lampshades on Fire” and “The Ground Walks, with Time in a Box” received particular attention for their catchy hooks and thematic richness, offering a critical look at human impact on the environment and the struggle with existential questions.

CD Track Listings:

      1. “Strangers to Ourselves” – 3:25
      2. “Lampshades on Fire” – 3:07
      3. “Shit in Your Cut” – 4:45
      4. “Pistol (A. Cunanan, Miami, FL. 1996)” – 4:23
      5. “Ansel” – 2:56
      6. “The Ground Walks, with Time in a Box” – 6:11
      7. “Coyotes” – 3:18
      8. “Pups to Dust” – 3:31
      9. “Sugar Boats” – 4:03
      10. “Wicked Campaign” – 3:33
      11. “Be Brave” – 3:30
      12. “God Is an Indian and You’re an Asshole” – 1:17
      13. “The Tortoise and the Tourist” – 3:39
      14. “The Best Room” – 4:24
      15. “Of Course We Know” – 4:24

The Golden Casket

Released 2021

Modest Mouse returned in 2021 with their seventh studio album, The Golden Casket. The album was produced by Dave Sardy and Jacknife Lee, notable names who have worked with a diverse array of artists. Recording took place at several locations, including Ice Cream Party Studio in Portland, Oregon, over a span of time that wasn’t publicly specified.

Musically, the album is a diverse tapestry, threading elements of alternative rock, indie, and electronic music. It serves as a commentary on modern life, touching on themes like technological overload and human connection. Critics praised its experimental nature, highlighting tracks such as “We Are Between” and “Leave a Light On.” The album peaked at No. 43 on the US Billboard 200 and No. 7 on the Top Alternative Albums chart, solidifying its positive reception.

The core members Isaac Brock (vocals, guitar), Jeremiah Green (drums), and Tom Peloso (multi-instrumentalist) were joined by Russell Higbee (bass), Ben Massarella (percussion), Lisa Molinaro (viola, vocals), and additional session musicians. The collective delivered a sonically rich experience, layering instruments and voices to craft a complex auditory landscape.

CD Track Listings:

      1. “F**k Your Acid Trip” 3:18
      2. “We Are Between” 4:48
      3. “We’re Lucky” 3:13
      4. “Walking and Running” 3:56
      5. “Wooden Soldiers” 4:28
      6. “Transmitting Receiving” 6:07
      7. “The Sun Hasn’t Left” 4:40
      8. “Lace Your Shoes” 4:28
      9. “Never F**k a Spider on the Fly” 3:57
      10. “Leave a Light On” 3:40
      11. “Japanese Tree” 3:53
      12. “Back to the Middle” 3:34

MODEST MOUSE LIVE ALBUMS

Baron von Bullshit Rides Again

Released 2004

Baron von Bullshit Rides Again serves as an intriguing live account of Modest Mouse’s 2001 tour. The album captures the band’s dynamism and ability to deliver raw, powerful performances. Isaac Brock’s distinctive vocals and commentary between songs provide a candid, behind-the-scenes look into the band’s onstage persona. While not a commercial hit, the album remains a coveted piece for fans and a fascinating snapshot of Modest Mouse in a live setting.

The core of the band at this time consisted of Isaac Brock on vocals and guitar, Jeremiah Green on drums, and Eric Judy on bass. They were augmented by Dann Gallucci on guitar and keyboards. These musicians collectively reproduced the eclectic mix of post-punk, indie rock, and alternative styles that the band is known for, but with the added intensity and unpredictability that comes with live performances.

Critically, the album received positive reviews for capturing the energy and essence of Modest Mouse’s live shows. It was praised for its setlist variety and for retaining the unpolished, organic feel of a live performance, something that many live albums often fail to do.

CD Track Listings:

      1. “3rd Planet” 3:59
      2. “Here It Comes” 3:25
      3. “Tiny Cities Made of Ashes” 3:11
      4. “Paper Thin Walls” 3:07
      5. “I Came as a Rat” 4:01
      6. “Doin’ the Cockroach” 8:36
      7. “Bankrupt on Selling” 3:08
      8. “Interstate 8” 4:43
      9. “The Good Times Are Killing Me” 5:19
      10. “Custom Concern” 6:00

MODEST MOUSE EPs

Blue Cadet-3, Do You Connect?

Released: 1994

Blue Cadet-3, Do You Connect? was an early glimpse into what would later become the iconic sound of Modest Mouse. The 7″ LP was released in 1994 under the K Records label and included tracks that showcased Isaac Brock’s quirky lyrical tendencies and the band’s raw, indie rock style. Though not a commercial success, this early work remains a sought-after collectible for fans.

The recording featured Isaac Brock on vocals and guitar, Jeremiah Green on drums, and John Wickhart on bass. Their indie lo-fi sound on this album offered a glimpse into the band’s future direction. Although not critically examined in depth, due to its limited release and scope, the EP serves as an important document in understanding the band’s development.

CD Track Listings:

  1. “Blue Cadet-3, Do You Connect?”
  2. “Dukes Up”
  3. “It Always Rains on a Picnic”
  4. “5-4-3-2-1 Lisp Off”

Interstate 8

Released: August 6, 1996

1996’s Interstate 8 can be considered as a cornerstone in Modest Mouse’s discography. Released by Up Records, the album featured live sessions as well as studio tracks, offering fans a two-dimensional look at the band. Produced by Steve Wold, the album received favorable reviews for its blend of lo-fi indie rock and introspective lyrics.

The album once again featured Isaac Brock, Jeremiah Green, and joined by bassist Eric Judy. Known for tracks like “Edit the Sad Parts” and “Sleepwalking,” the album showcased the band’s ability to tackle complex emotional landscapes within their music. The band’s maturity was becoming increasingly evident, and the project served as a prelude to later, more commercially successful albums.

CD Track Listings:

  1. “Interstate 8”
  2. “All Night Diner”
  3. “Sleepwalking”
  4. “Tundra/Desert”
  5. “Edit the Sad Parts”

The Fruit That Ate Itself

Released: May 13, 1997

Continuing their musical journey, Modest Mouse released The Fruit That Ate Itself in 1997. The record, produced by Calvin Johnson and released under the K Records label, saw the band experimenting with different musical styles. This was an album that moved away from their usual indie rock leanings, incorporating elements of electronic music.

Musicians on the album included Isaac Brock, Jeremiah Green, and Eric Judy, maintaining the core lineup that would feature in many of Modest Mouse’s seminal works. Although the album did not make significant commercial waves, it received critical appreciation for its experimentation and lyrical depth.

CD Track Listings:

  1. “The Waydown”
  2. “Fruit”
  3. “Dirty Fingernails”
  4. “Sunspots in the House of the Late Scapegoat”
  5. “The Fruit That Ate Itself”

Night on the Sun

Night on the Sun was another significant installment in Modest Mouse’s musical timeline. Released in 1999 and initially distributed through Rebel Beat Factory and Up Records, this EP stood as a testament to the band’s evolution. The record was seen as a bridging gap between their earlier work and the more polished sound they would later adopt. Produced by Isaac Brock and Brian Deck, the EP was well-received by critics and fans alike.

Isaac Brock on vocals and guitar, Jeremiah Green on drums, and Eric Judy on bass were the primary musicians on the EP. The project showcased a broader sonic range, including extended instrumental sequences that added complexity and depth to their music. Although charting data for the EP is not particularly prominent, it holds a special place among the band’s discography for its experimental nature.

EP Track Listings:

  1. “Night on the Sun”
  2. “You’re the Good Things”
  3. “Wild Packs of Family Dogs”
  4. “Dark Center of the Universe”

Everywhere and His Nasty Parlour Tricks

Released: September 25, 2001

Everywhere and His Nasty Parlour Tricks is an amalgamation of outtakes, remixes, and extended plays previously recorded by Modest Mouse. Released on September 25, 2001, under Epic Records, the album reached number 147 on the Billboard 200 chart, indicating its relative commercial success. The project was produced by Dennis Herring and Isaac Brock, offering an accessible entry point for new fans while delivering depth for long-time followers.

Musicians included Isaac Brock, Jeremiah Green, and Eric Judy, supplemented by Dann Gallucci on additional instruments. The project gathered favorable reviews for its unique blend of various styles, from psychedelic to folk influences, while retaining the indie rock essence Modest Mouse is known for.

CD Track Listings:

  1. “Willful Suspension of Disbelief”
  2. “Night on the Sun”
  3. “3 Inch Horses, Two Faced Monsters”
  4. “You’re the Good Things”
  5. “The Air”
  6. “So Much Beauty in Dirt”
  7. “Here It Comes”
  8. “I Came as a Rat”

No One’s First, and You’re Next

Released 2009

Modest Mouse, an indie rock band formed in 1992, rolled out their 2009 EP No One’s First, and You’re Next as a compilation featuring unreleased tracks and B-sides from previous recording sessions. This extended play stands as a testament to the band’s ability to create a body of work that doesn’t feel like an afterthought, despite being comprised of material that didn’t initially make the cut for full-length albums. The eclectic eight-track offering comes across as cohesive and well-considered, resonating with the signature Modest Mouse sound—brooding, reflective lyrics paired with intricate musical arrangements.

The EP was produced by Isaac Brock, the band’s frontman, along with studio wizards Brian Deck and Dennis Herring, who had worked with the band on their previous albums. The record features Isaac Brock on vocals and guitar, Jeremiah Green on drums, and Eric Judy on bass, among other contributors. No One’s First, and You’re Next was recorded at various times and locations, including Sweet Tea Recording Studio in Oxford, Mississippi, and Audible Alchemy in Portland, Oregon. Although it didn’t break the Top 10, the EP did chart at No. 15 on the Billboard 200, a respectable achievement for a collection of B-sides and unreleased tracks.

CD Track Listings:

  1. “Satellite Skin” – 3:41
  2. “Guilty Cocker Spaniels” – 3:08
  3. “Autumn Beds” – 3:33
  4. “The Whale Song” – 5:54
  5. “Perpetual Motion Machine” – 3:16
  6. “History Sticks to Your Feet” – 3:18
  7. “King Rat” – 5:30
  8. “I’ve Got It All (Most)” – 3:08

MODEST MOUSE COMPILATION ALBUMS

Building Nothing Out of Something

Released 2000

Modest Mouse’s Building Nothing Out of Something arrived as a compilation album in 2000, a moment when the band had already established itself as a vanguard of indie rock. A selection of singles and rarities, the album delves into familiar territories of existential contemplation and emotional unease. Even though the tracks were written and recorded at different points in the late ’90s, they come together cohesively, capturing the essence of Modest Mouse’s unorthodox indie rock sound. The album doesn’t merely function as a filler in between major releases but serves as an important mosaic in understanding the evolution of the band.

Musically, the album was pieced together from various recording sessions and therefore involved multiple producers, such as Calvin Johnson, Scott Swayze, and Isaac Brock himself. Musicians include Isaac Brock on vocals and guitar, Eric Judy on bass, and Jeremiah Green on drums, among other instrumental contributors. The songs were recorded at different times and locations, such as Dub Narcotic Studios and Moon Studios, both situated in Olympia, Washington. The album charted impressively for a compilation, peaking at No. 2 on the Billboard Independent Albums chart.

CD Track Listings:

  1. “Never Ending Math Equation” – 3:23
  2. “Interstate 8” – 4:39
  3. “Broke” – 3:19
  4. “Medication” – 5:01
  5. “Workin’ on Leavin’ the Livin'” – 6:40
  6. “All Nite Diner” – 4:44
  7. “Baby Blue Sedan” – 4:04
  8. “A Life of Arctic Sounds” – 2:29
  9. “Sleepwalkin'” – 3:23
  10. “Grey Ice Water” – 5:05
  11. “Whenever You Breathe Out, I Breathe In (Positive/Negative)” – 5:18
  12. “Other People’s Lives” – 7:10

Sad Sappy Sucker

Released 2001

Although officially released in 2001, Modest Mouse’s Sad Sappy Sucker serves as a time capsule back to the band’s early days, since it was initially recorded between 1994 and 1995. The album was originally intended to be the band’s debut before getting shelved for several years. When it finally saw the light of day, it was met with curiosity and enthusiasm, especially from fans who were keen on tracing the roots of Modest Mouse’s evolving sound. This lo-fi collection is teeming with experimental, rough cuts that give insight into the embryonic stage of the band’s career, revealing their initial scrappy, yet innovative, artistry.

The album was produced by Calvin Johnson, a significant figure in the indie rock scene, known for his work with bands like Beat Happening and Built to Spill. The musicians on this album include Isaac Brock on vocals and guitar, Eric Judy on bass, and Jeremiah Green on drums. It was primarily recorded at Dub Narcotic Studio in Olympia, Washington. Although the album didn’t have significant charting success, its retrospective value is beyond measure, offering a glimpse into the band’s formative moments.

CD Track Listings:

  1. “Worms vs. Birds” – 2:13
  2. “Four Fingered Fisherman” – 2:27
  3. “Wagon Ride Return” – 0:48
  4. “From Point A to Point B (∞)” – 2:57
  5. “Path of Least Resistance” – 0:59
  6. “It Always Rains on a Picnic” – 3:01
  7. “Dukes Up” – 2:24
  8. “Think Long” – 0:39
  9. “Every Penny Fed Car” – 3:05
  10. “Mumble, Mumble, Toss, Turn” – 3:26
  11. “Convenient Parking” (Demo) – 3:22
  12. “Baby Blue Sedan” (Demo) – 3:02
  13. “Birds vs. Worms” (Demo) – 2:37
  14. “Classy Plastic Lumber” (Demo) – 2:25
  15. “From Point A to Point B” (Demo) – 2:03
  16. “Dukes Up” (Demo) – 2:17
  17. “Race Car Grin You Ain’t No Landmark” (Demo) – 2:34

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