Sasquatch Festival spreads the wealth

FRIDAY, MAY 27, 2011

While in the area, Modest Mouse, Old 97’s include stops in Spokane

It’s sort of like Spokane’s own Littlefoot Festival.

Thanks to the Sasquatch Music Festival at The Gorge, local indie-rock heads have a chance to catch a few acts passing through the area – not only Bright Eyes (see story on page C1), but also Modest Mouse and Old 97’s.

Old 97’s

Old 97’s is touring in support of its forthcoming fast follow-up to “The Grand Theatre Volume One,” which is aptly titled “The Grand Theatre Vol. 2.”

Set for release July 5, less than a year after “Volume One,” the sequel picks up where the Texas alt-country quartet left off last year, tunneling deeper into gritty garage rock territory and spiraling higher into the psychedelic stratosphere.

“The Grand Theatre” was designed to be a double album, but the band decided instead to stagger the second volume to give listeners time to digest each studio set, and likewise give the group more time to polish the recordings.

During the interval, Old 97’s added two more songs to “Vol. 2” – “I’m a Trainwreck” and the album’s lead-off single, “Perfume,” a strange narrative about an agoraphobe who falls in love with the dancer who lives across the street.

Fellow Texan Sarah Jaffe, an upcoming singer-songwriter, opens Tuesday’s show at the Bing Crosby Theater.

Modest Mouse

As is par for the course anytime Modest Mouse comes to town, Saturday’s show at the Knitting Factory is sold out.

Issaquah’s finest seems to be in cruise control, more or less, with no real expectations for when the next album will come or what it will sound like.

The most-recent full-length from Modest Mouse was 2007’s “We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank.” Since then, the band has released 2009’s “No One’s First and You’re Next,” an EP with a couple of b-sides, rarities and new tunes, along with reissuing some early material.

In between media appearances, touring and hitting major musical festivals around the map, chief singer-songwriter and frontman Isaac Brock bought a house, built a music studio and relocated to Portland, where he runs his own Glacial Pace record label.

Brock has said in recent interviews that the band has begun writing some new material, but only just begun – adding that when the crew convenes, they do more “hanging out” than actually playing music.

However, in April, Outkast co-captain Big Boi tweeted that he’d been in the studio, working with Modest Mouse on their next LP.


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