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Modest Mouse plan to release next album in 2016

Isaac Brock says Nirvana's Krist Novoselic will feature on the second of the two records the band made during their hiatus.

The Hot Press Newsdesk, 24 Mar 2015

It was a long wait for Modest Mouse's brand new album Strangers To Ourselves (eight years, to be precise) but frontman Isaac Brock has confirmed a follow-up will be along shortly.

If you heard Krist Novoselic of Nirvana fame had been playing with the band, you might have been disappointed when you couldn't hear is rumbling low end on the new record.

"You'd recognise it," Brock told HP's Craig Fitzpatrick. "It sounds like a bunch of boulders falling down a mountain!"

We will be hearing it sooner rather than later, however.

"We ended up finishing tracking with one of his songs that will end up on the next record," revealed Brock. "It fits the second piece, the companion piece to this record, a bit better. We basically made two records at the same time. Which, if people look at it that way, cuts down the amount of time it took us to make this record in HALF, man!”

Their seventh studio album is on course for release within the next year.

"I was mindful of that this time," Brock assured fans. "I went in with a plan!"

The songwriter went on to discuss a tentative title for the next record...

"Here's an actual fucking story! I feel terrible mentioning, because I might actually call the next record this... I thought, 'okay, I always put out these long fucking titles, and I wanna not do that.' And so I came up with this cover art which Epic were like 'you could do that but we can't sell that anywhere'. But I'm still going to get the cover art together. It's fucking dark, it's awesome.

"But the title was just going to be Whatever. And the dumbest thing... I was going to misspell 'Whatever'. You know like, just have it be 'Whabever'. I just wanted to go as dumb as fucking possible. Mainly to be antagonistic and just cos I kinda thought it was funny."

You can read plenty more with Brock about the long road to Strangers To Ourselves and how having a number one album in the US doesn't necessarily save you from bankruptcy in the current issue of Hot Press.

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