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Modest Mouse - Wolverhampton Wulfrun Hall 25th May 2007   Print  E-mail 
Written by Christopher Lloyd  
Sunday, 23 March 2008

Written by Christopher Lloyd.

26th May 2007.

My partner and I both had different reasons to see Modest Mouse.  I love the new album ‘We were dead before the ship even sank’, whereas my partner loves The Smiths, which was ideal as this was the first chance to see the new Modest Mouser Johnny Marr play with the band.


Unusually for us, we got to the gig early so that we could watch Wild Billy Childish and the Musicians of the British Empire, the evenings support band.

True to his reputation, Wild Billy didn’t turn up, and no reason for this was announced.  Another band were ushered onto the stage in replacement. The Crimea. I’d like to say how these were, but the sound quality was dire so I decided that any judgement I made would be unfair.

This carried through to Modest Mouse’s set also. It took them an age to come onstage, frustrating the audience to no end. When they did arrive, the sound was appalling. You couldn’t hear frontman Isaac Brock over the aural soup that the sound-desk was producing from the two drummers, numerous synths, bass and Johnny Marr’s distinctive guitar.


Oh yes, Johnny Marr. If you’re a sound engineer, and you have a guitar legend in the band you’re working for, you MUST wash out all audible sound with the guitar hero’s playing. For one track only. DO NOT, wash out all other instruments for the entire gig!  The sound was so bad we left after about an hour as it was doing disservice to the band that were evidently playing their hearts out.

Hopefully next time they tour the sound problems will have been sorted.






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