Monday, June 29, 2009

Modest Mouse - "Satellite Skin"

Modest Mouse at Treasure Island 2007, from the HAD Archive

We have to admit, we were a little skeptical about Modest Mouse's new single "Satellite Skin" - Mainly because we saw the Letterman performance, and were sort of underwhelmed. Issac Brock tends to be a little too "yelly" for us in a live setting, and as such it makes it tough to digest a new track. We kinda let it fall by the wayside.

Fast forward a couple of months, and we just heard the studio version in passing on the radio. And well: it's really, really good. Generally we're not the types to support bands that can't back up their studio versions in a live setting. But in this case it's not really that Modest Mouse falter in the live environ, it's more just that Brock just has a slightly more aggressive tone in both his guitar playing and vocals that takes a way a certain something from the song.

By contrast, the studio version has just the right amount of edginess while still maintaining a comfortably melodic arrangement, and we dig it very much. The guitar is classic chunky Modest Mouse goodness, and the chorus is dripping with what has become the band's signature singalong chorus vibe. Sure, we're a little late to the party, but we missed The Beatles by a good decade or two as well, so, you know....go with the flow.

mp3: Modest Mouse - Satellite Skin