Posted in music | pictures on August 11, 2014

photos by Mimi Hong, words by Andrew Sacher

Modest Mouse / Brand New @ Forest Hills Tennis Stadium - 8/9/14
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Modest Mouse and Brand New played a few co-headlining shows this year, including Boston Calling back in May, and one in NYC this past Saturday (8/9) at Queens' Forest Hills Tennis Stadium which reopened in 2013 after not hosting concerts for years.

Brand New went on first, with an early set starting at 6:30 PM (the venue has a strict 10 PM curfew) which unfortunately meant that their whole set -- an otherwise killer light show included -- was played in the light. But besides that, no complaints. Like at Boston Calling, Brand New eschewed the poppier material of their early years in favor of a heavy set of noisy post-hardcore. Other than "Seventy Times 7," they focused on highlights from the darker Deja Entendu, The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me and Daisy, plus Devil and God-era outtake "Brothers." Of all the (relatively) modern bands I've seen, few can get a stadium of fans singing to every word of a non-single as loudly as Brand New did for "Okay I Believe You, But My Tommy Gun Don't," and the way they've been ending their sets lately with the abrasive one-two punch of "Degausser" and "You Won't Know" is one hell of a sensory overload. Brand New's live sets were getting mixed reviews a few years back, but they're at an all time high right now. There's been talk that new music is finally coming, and with the way these shows have been it couldn't feel like a better time for that.

After Brand New's searing post-hardcore under the sun, it finally got dark and Modest Mouse took the stage for a very different kind of set that somehow was the perfect complement to BN's. Considering how much the music world has changed in the seven years since Modest Mouse last put out an album, you may not consider them as "relevant" as they once were. But their set on Saturday was a hit-after-hit reminder of how great Modest Mouse's entire discography still is, and how weird. We of course got the danceable indie rock of "Float On" and "Dashboard," but also the chilled-out wooziness of "Ocean Breathes Salty," the raucous screams of "Doin' the Cockroach," the genuinely strange bass-heavy "Tiny Cities Made of Ashes" and so much more. They gave us 17 songs in an hour and a half without a dull moment, and when that 10 PM curfew hit, it still felt like most of the crowd would have wanted another 17 more.

The next Forest Hills Tennis Stadium shows are Drake/Lil Wayne (8/19) and The Replacements/The Hold Steady/Deer Tick (9/19). Pictures of Saturday's show are in this post. More, with videos and the setlists for both bands, below...

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Brand New - "You Won't Know"

Brand New - "Sic Transit Gloria... Glory Fades"

Modest Mouse - "The World At Large"

Modest Mouse - "Float On"

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BRAND NEW SETLIST:
Sink
Gasoline
At the Bottom
You Stole
Sic Transit Gloria... Glory Fades
I Will Play My Game Beneath the Spin Light
Brothers
Okay I Believe You, but My Tommy Gun Don't
Seventy Times 7
Sowing Season
Millstone
Luca
Limousine
Jesus
Degausser
You Won't Know

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MODEST MOUSE SETLIST:
he World at Large
Ocean Breathes Salty
Doin' the Cockroach
Dashboard
Gravity Rides Everything
Lampshades On Fire
Cowboy Dan
This Devil's Workday
Shit In Your Cut
Tiny Cities Made of Ashes
Never Ending Math Equation
Sugar Boats
Fire It Up
A Different City

Encore:
Custom Concern
Float On
The Good Times Are Killing Me

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Comments (37)

I've got tix to see Replacements here, terrified it's going to be an absolute shit show.

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2014 4:11 PM

How is the bathroom/beer line situation here?

Are there bars in the vicinity before going in?

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2014 4:13 PM

"I've got tix to see Replacements here, terrified it's going to be an absolute shit show."

musically?
attendees?
location?

all of the above?

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2014 4:13 PM

This seems like a literal nightmare. Brand New is a bunch of former emo dorks desperate to be taken seriously and Modest Mouse haven't put out a good record in over a decade. Yikes.

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2014 4:18 PM

They added more portable shitters than there were at the Mumford and Sons and also limited capacity so wasn't too bad. Same goes with beer lines.

There are bars in the vicinity too.

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2014 4:19 PM

9/21 is going to be a party out there

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2014 4:20 PM

beer lines weren't bad except in between the bands, bathroom situation wasn't bad either but I didn't go at the height, I took lIRR to show and they basically corralled everyone directly from the train station into the venue so didnt look for bars in the area

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2014 4:20 PM

4:13 isn't liked by any of his other employees at the Gap.

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2014 4:20 PM

I was there. Brand New, although not really built for this site, were awesome. Talented boys. Modest Mouse were good as well.

Lots of beer sold In the stadium and a few bars in the area just outside the stadium so no worry about lack of booze. Lots and lots of port-o-potties everywhere.

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2014 4:21 PM

If you're gonna drive, park near 70th Ave-Road on Queens blvd and walk the rest of the way. You'll thank me later.

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2014 4:23 PM

Here is my advice if you anyone is driving parking in Brooklyn, you will thank me.

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2014 4:26 PM

Man, I hate this photographer and her crappy filters.

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2014 4:26 PM

Even if they are becoming nostalgia acts, these two groups are still better than most of the crap this blog covers.

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2014 4:29 PM

"I've got tix to see Replacements here, terrified it's going to be an absolute shit show."

musically?
attendees?
location?

all of the above?

Don't forget: Having to sit through TWO opening bands, and there's a strict curfew?

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2014 4:29 PM

I got their early as shit cause of all the hype that this venue was unorganized. I think the longest line I ended up waiting in was for a beer between Brand New and Modest Mouse's set. All together I had an amazing time, the sound was perfect. No long wait for food, bathrooms or beer. Other than that an amazing night with amazing music and people! It was nice that there were beer guys walking around everywhere as well.

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2014 4:29 PM

Great feedback everyone, was worried about Replacements show - now, I'm really psyched!

Thx

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2014 4:32 PM

There should be no worries about the venue. There was plenty of room to move around and easy access to beers and bathrooms. There are bars in the area around the stadium. The Forest Hills Station House is right next to the LIRR stop and has good beer, cocktails, and food.

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2014 4:35 PM

lines weren't anything too unexpected (i had just enough time to eat and grab a beer between BN and MM), biggest forewarning would have to be regarding the severely limited cell service during the show.

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2014 4:36 PM

when did modest mouse get a girl in the band? why isn't marr there?

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2014 4:39 PM

tell me more about the driving/parking situation out there.

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2014 4:40 PM

"severely limited cell service during the show."

I'd count that as a good thing.

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2014 4:43 PM

Marr has been out for like 6 years now, for the better imo they played the same set while Marr was in the band and really neglected older songs, I guess Marr's doing his solo stuff right now

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2014 4:44 PM

limited cell service doing the show? oh man, you poor thing. you must have had to actually, um, watch the show. that must have sucked big time.

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2014 4:45 PM

Why are these two bands playing together? It's such an odd pairing

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2014 4:55 PM

The sound was great. The port-a-potties were numerous and clean, BUT the hand washing stations ran out of water fast. I'll remember to bring hand sanitizer for the 'placemats show next month.

Posted by Atheist Nun | August 11, 2014 5:00 PM

Brand New killed it.

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2014 5:03 PM

No mention of the Capitol gig from last week? That was a killer show! Starland was decent..

Saw the same twin bill up in Cooperstown @ Ommegang. Hippies and mud!

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2014 5:37 PM

Brand New are so, so bad.

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2014 5:54 PM

"Why are these two bands playing together? It's such an odd pairing "

Idk ask the thousands of people who showed up and sang along to both bands.

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2014 6:00 PM

This was a great show. Modest Mouse was amazing. I was impressed. With the place and them.

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2014 8:45 PM

"Why are these two bands playing together? It's such an odd pairing"

Someone stopped paying attention after 'Deja'.

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2014 9:09 PM

this was a really really great show was pleasantly surprised by both bands and the venue. really fun time. also local area in forest hills is great. plenty of bars/food options pre and post show. security is kind of tight, but as long as yr not a piece of shit/passed out you should be fine.

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2014 10:50 PM

Now that I'm hearing about this curfew, I'm hoping for a very minimal Hold Steady set next month.

Posted by Anonymous | August 12, 2014 11:22 AM

If you drive, you can not park in the Garden District which is anything south of the LIRR train tracks, and where the tennis club is located. These are private streets and they will boot your car and it will cost you $250 to remove it. Take the LIRR or E/F train. Less than a 5 minute walk. Lots of bars on Austin Street.

Posted by Smack | August 12, 2014 11:27 AM

I read all the horror stories about this venue but experienced none of that.

It was extremely easy to get to (5 minute walk from the train). It wasn't too crowded, plenty of port-o-potties, beer line wasn't bad except for inbetween the sets (which should be expected). I enjoyed the venue very much and would happily go back.

Brand New were good and the crowd for them wasn't as annoying as Boston Calling back in May.

Modest Mouse killed it again although Tuesday's show at The Cap was the best time i've ever seen them. This was a good show too.

Posted by Anonymous | August 12, 2014 12:29 PM

I think the horror stories were all from last year when they first started doing concerts there again, and apparently oversold the mumford and sons show, they learned their lesson and you are the beneficiary

Posted by Anonymous | August 12, 2014 1:24 PM

How long was the wait to get a bottle of Poland Springs? Long lines?

Posted by Anonymous | August 12, 2014 8:44 PM

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