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Modest Mouse plays Tuesday at Grand Sierra in Reno

Dan Thomas, Lake Tahoe Action

Modest Mouse was a critical darling before its most renowned member even joined.

The band formed as a trio in Issaquah, Wash., in 1993 setting the standard for indie rock nearly a decade before the subgenre’s explosion.

Thirteen years later, guitarist Johnny Marr joined founding members Isaac Brock and Jeremiah Green in time to produce “We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank,” which entered Billboard’s top 200 at No. 1.

At first, the addition of Marr’s guitar ” which might remind listeners of his days with the Smiths in the ’80s ” might seem an odd addition to Modest Mouse’s darker sound, but it proved a surprising complement when he toured with the band in 2006 and 2007. Along with Brock, Green and Marr, the band’s current lineup includes multi-instrumentalist Tom Peloso and percussionist Joe Plummer.

Modest Mouse reportedly has been working on new songs and an EP, and will tour North America in June, but the band will visit Reno before that, for a show at 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 27, at the Grand Sierra Resort.

Modest Mouse debuted with “This Is a Long Drive For Someone with Nothing to Think About” in 1996 and released “The Lonesome Crowded West” to critical acclaim a year later.

The band’s breakthrough came in 2004 with its fourth album, “Good News for People Who Love Bad News,” which sold more than 1.5 million copies and included a hit single in “Float On.”


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