Do you remember when you first fell in love with one of your favorite bands? I bet you can. You can conjure up the very room you were in, the lighting, the weather.
When you hear a music lover speak about one of their favorite bands, you can see it in their eyes and you hear it in their voice. They light up, they become more alive and animated. They might as well be telling you a story about how they met their first love, or significant other.
One of my favorite bands ever (if you couldn’t tell) is Modest Mouse. I discovered them way too late. So late it is embarrassing. It was one of those bands I had always heard about, the ones my friends always told me I HAD to listen to. Years went by, so many years…before I got to that part of ‘music to listen to’ list.
I was having a rough night, the ones filled that aimless angst, the nervous energy of existence and uncertainty. You know the ones I am talking about. One of the best remedies to appease said feelings was to delve into some new music. Off I went to Fred Meyer’s (the only store open after 10 p.m) music section and browsed around. Sifting through the cd’s in alphabetical order I arrived at the M’s, immediately that blue cover of ‘The Moon and Antartica’ popped up from the bunch. The voices of my friends hauntingly said “listen to Modest Mouse!” they persuaded me to pick it up and purchase it. I had made a promise to myself, that even if I didn’t take to the first song I had to listen to the entire album whilst reading the lyrics.
It seemed to be the perfect night, It was December in Alaska. The ice and snow had engulfed the city, the full moon gave it all a blue glow. I drove far enough away from the city lights and parked amid some trees. There I took the small booklet and opened it, I inserted the CD. Track one began playing. The rest is history…
You know, some things are just meant for you. The perfect time, place and soundtrack is a magical combination.
My relationship with Modest Mouse has been many things, even rocky and uncertain at times. However, they will remain as one of my favorites. My love for their music has been a definitive factor in the Anti Anti Shop’s design. Designs where true, fellow fans can find subtle fan shirts.
More Modest Mouse designs coming soon…stay tuned.