Best Tracks 2015: Modest Mouse - "Lampshades of Fire"
Mon, 28 Dec 2015 08:18:38
In recent years, Isaac Brock of Modest Mouse has been open about his drug use, discussing it on songs like "The Good Times Are Killing Me." On "Lampshades on Fire," he looks back on those hard partying days, and remembers hopping from one place to the next, always watching the room burn down around him. The song is a testament to how he and the band have grown over the years, but nonetheless remain very much the same people.
"Lampshades on Fire" proved to be another hit for Modest Mouse, reaching #1 on both Billboard's US Alternative Songs chart and their US Alternative Adult Songs chart. Their 2015 album, Strangers to Ourselves, managed to peak at #3 on the US Billboard 200. The album harkened back to earlier days, sounding similar to 2007's We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank.
The entire album is a return for Modest Mouse, from the way it sounds to the carousel ride of the traveling band it discusses, and "Lampshades of Fire" acts as its most direct explanation. "Well, the lampshade's on fire when the lights go out, The room lit up and we ran about, Well, this is what I really call a party now, Packed up our cars, moved to the next town," sings Brock. It reminds us of where the band has been, and leaves us knowing there is still more to come.
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