I picked this up at Borders over the weekend. It’s called Something You’ve Never Heard Before, and is an album of Modest Mouse covers done by Iron Horse, who are a bluegrass band. Modest Mouse songs reinterpreted with banjos and three-part vocal harmony — it is beyond awesome, friends. It’s not perfect — they’ve altered the lyrics in a few places to remove the profanity (“I’ve got this thing I consider my only art of working people over” doesn’t have quite the same ring to it, ya know?) — but the pros massively outweigh the cons. There are great versions of well-known Mouse numbers like “Float On” and “Gravity Rides Everything,” and stuff like “Night on the Sun” and “Interstate 8” which only fans of the band would know. They even do justice to my favorite, “Trailer Trash.”
These guys Iron Horse are a terrific bluegrass band, so if you dig bluegrass, pick this one up. If you’ve never been that into bluegrass but you’re a Modest Mouse fan, pick it up, too; it’ll surprise you. I know gimmicky tribute albums like this are a dime a dozen and usually shit, but this one kicks eleven different kinds of ass. Go get it or you’re dead to me.