Modest Mouse played ‘Lonesome Crowded West’ (almost) in full in Seattle
Modest Mouse were out on the road over the summer and fall supporting their first album in six years, this year's The Golden Casket, but for their most recent show, they took it way back to their second LP, 1997's The Lonesome Crowded West. They played the album (almost) in its entirety for a special show at Seattle's Showbox benefitting Seattle Children's Hospital. The annual Seattle Musicians for Children’s Hospital, or SMooCH, event, has been happening annually since 2012 (for 2020 they went virtual) and has raised over $21 million for Seattle Children’s uncompensated care fund.
See Friday night's setlist, which included the live debut of "Long Distance Drunk," the first performance of "Teeth Like God's Shoeshine" since 2008, and the first performance of "Polar Opposites" since 2001, below, along with some fan-taken video clips. As to which song they left out, Isaac Brock explained, "We're not playing 'Lounge,' I'll tell you why. I was tired and I had to drive here. That's why. It's a fucking hard song. We almost got there and then I got angry."
Setlist: Modest Mouse @ Showbox, 12/11/2021
Teeth Like God's Shoeshine
Heart Cooks Brain
Jesus Christ Was an Only Child
Doin' the Cockroach
Out of Gas
Long Distance Drunk
Bankrupt on Selling
Styrofoam Boots/It's All Nice on Ice, Alright
Whenever You Breathe Out, I Breathe In (Positive Negative)