“Whale Song” (Audio)

     

    Modest Mouse shelves the banjos and country sound for this guitar-heavy b-side to “Autumn Beds.” No pop hooks in sight either as this six-minute track grooves, drones, and thrashes. The central section of the song features Isaac Brock’s multitracked vocals and is bookended by guitar work that wouldn’t have been out of place on Modest Mouse‘s debut album, This Is a Long Drive for Someone With Nothing to Think About. Whether or not this is good news depends on what kind of Modest Mouse fan you are.

     

    The single “Autumn Beds” b/w “Whale Song” comes out June 23, ahead of the album No One’s First and You’re Next, due out in August on Epic. [Stereogum]