If you threw David Byrne, Stornoway and Arcade Fire into a room and ordered them to write a set of songs, they could do far worse than Modest Mouse's last brassy, shimmying sea-shanty of an album, "We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank".
Released in 2007, it probably earned the UK's attention by having Johnny Marr co-writing the vast majority of the music with singer Isaac Brook providing his usual lyrical gymnastics. But Marr's time was precious and, with his own material waiting to be issued, he left Modest Mouse in 2009 to concentrate on The Cribs (but not for long - he left them in 2009 as well) and eventually formulate what was to become his debut solo set, "The Messenger", issued this year.
For those of you thinking Marr gave the band a hand-up, think again by checking the day one line-up running order of this year's Glasto-like US festival Coachella. That's right, fourth behind The Stone Roses, Blur and Yeah Yeah Yeahs and ahead of Lou Reed and Grinderman - that's how much they're loved back home. That aforementioned 2007 album certainly did them proud - it reached #1.
2013 sees the return of Modest Mouse with the hint of new material and a summer UK tour. Hurrah! Stops include Brighton on 8th July, Bristol, Camden, Leeds and more until Birmingham on the 18th. [TICKETS: 22/3/2013 9:00], priced from £17.50 (£20 for London). Expect brisk sales.