The last time Modest Mouse was in town they closed out the final day of Boston Calling Music Festival. On Thursday night a quick glance around a sold out Blue Hills Bank Pavilion would tell you they gained some new fans that day as the capacity crowd of over 5,000 roared in excitement with every song.
Over the two hour set the band displayed what has led them to acquire the loyal following they currently have. Dozens of different rare songs were being shouted at the bad as requests, something you see only at shows where fans know the material well. Even some of their lesser known songs, still brought out the karaoke singer in most audience members. Frontman Issac Brock kept the crowd engaged blending musical talent, stage presence and humor. At one point during the set Brock alluded to Boston’s legendary seafood, and even “pardoned” two live lobsters bringing them out on stage, kissing them, and ordering they be thrown back into the water. It’s that kind of light-hearted entertainment that makes a Modest Mouse show such a fun place to be.
When the band launched into the opening notes of “Float On” perhaps their most commercially well known song, the entire venue erupted in applause, iPhone cameras went up, and singing voices came out. The crowd was so engaged with the show as a whole, the band would end up playing a double encore; first coming back to the stage for three songs, then returning to the roaring audience for two more. There was a feeling of community in the air during the show as much of the crowd sang along, danced, and cheered with excitement as each song started, seemingly knowing the lyrics to all of them.
Modest Mouse is a band that knows how to entertain a crowd, and create a vibe in the venue that lifts the spirits and mood of those in attendance. Leaving the amphitheater after the show it was clear by the smiling faces and overhead conversations on how spectacular the show was, that all who came out had a good time.