The band’s new album ‘Strangers To Ourselves’ was released last week (March 16), following on from 2007’s ‘We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank’. The LP features guest contributions from James Mercer (The Shins), Jim Fairchild (Grandaddy) and Dann Gallucci (Cold War Kids).
It was previously reported that Novoselic would feature on ‘Strangers To Ourselves’, having previously revealed that he was working with the group. However, now he looks set to cameo on the band’s next record, expected in 2016 and described as a “companion” collection to their new album.
Speaking to Hot Press, frontman Isaac Brook said that Novoselic’s contribution “fits the second piece, the companion piece to this record, a bit better”. He also claimed that it “sounds like a bunch of boulders falling down a mountain”.
“We basically made two records at the same time,” the singer added. “I thought, ‘OK, 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 [Records] were like ‘You could do that but we can’t sell that anywhere’. But I’m still going to get the cover art together.”
“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.”
Speaking previously, Novoselic revealed that his contribution to ‘Whatever’ is “pretty edgy”. He said: “I did a song with Modest Mouse earlier this year for their new record. It’s pretty edgy. I’ve got my big Gibson bass and a Rat distortion pedal busting out… this bass riff.”
Modest Mouse recently announced a short UK tour for July. The band will stop off at Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds and Newcastle before playing at T In The Park in July as part of a European tour.
Modest Mouse’s UK dates are as follows:
Birmingham The Institute (July 5)
Manchester The Ritz (7)
Leeds O2 Academy (8)
Newcastle O2 Academy (9)