brand new and modest mouse: sleep train ampitheatre 2016

With pure professionalism and talent, Brand New and Modest Mouse rocked Chula Vista on Tuesday night.

Modest Mouse, creators of 9 full length albums and countless other singles and splits, opened the concert at Sleep Train Amphitheatre. For this tour, Brand New and Modest Mouse co-headlined, each set filled to the brim with tracks. Each night of this tour switched between the bands’ set times; one night Brand New would open while the next Modest Mouse would.

Modest Mouse’s large amount of members and songs blew me away. Every time a new song was played, a different band member would arrive on stage or switch places with another member. This proves their extensive musical talent as a whole, and displayed their love for this career. The entire set was filled with energy and enthusiasm, no one looked bored, whether in the crowd or on stage. The humble rodents seemed to know exactly what their fans wanted; some fun hits like ‘Float On’ and ‘Lampshades on Fire’ as well as lesser known and older tunes, ‘Styrofoam Boots.’ The band even took a request from an eager attendee and played ‘Gravity Rides Everything’, mentioning that requests were rare and this was special.

A long 45 minutes passed while Modest Mouse packed their equipment and Brand New set theirs up. The cult-followed favorites of many sad youngsters were eagerly anticipated. Many concert-goers seemed to be reliving their youth this night. Brand New lyrics adorned their bodies in the form of tattoos, a true devotion to the band. Finally, the emo rockers walked on stage and began their set with ‘Sink.’ Each song that followed was sung louder by the crowd than by frontman Jesse Lacey himself. Quiet moments were cherished during ‘Tautou’ and the ever popular ‘Jesus Christ.’ A recent release, ‘I Am A Nightmare’ was played loud and proud, a tease for music to come.

Lacey reflected on their tour with Modest Mouse, describing how lovely it was to be in San Diego with temperate weather, the difficulty of their limited song choices compared to the expansive Modest Mouse discography, and of course, a thanks to all who have supported the tour and the bands who played it. The sea of people rejoiced as the bands who meant so much to them, returned the favor.


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