When Modest Mouse announced their Canadian tour dates I was among the first in line (or online) to purchase tickets. I’ve been kicking myself for years for having missed all of their past shows in Saskatoon so I was looking forward to this concert all summer.
Opening the show was Portland’s Mimicking Birds, who were enjoyable but not particularly memorable. They did however have some of the best band merch I’ve seen in a long time. Custom frisbee golf disc? Yes please!
Next up was Kevin Drew, better known as one of the founding member of Can-rock supergroup Broken Social Scene. Drew played selections from his second solo album “Darlings” which brought a little more rock and roll and energy as people flooded into the venue.
Leading up to the sold out concert I had several friends tell me that they were greatly disappointed by Modest Mouse’s last performance in Saskatoon, claiming the band seemed generally disinterested in performing for the prairie crowd. Fortunately this was far from the case on Saturday night. Modest Mouse played hard, performed many of their classic hits and left O’Brians Event Centre a hot and sweaty mess. Perhaps they just had an off night in 2007?
Thankfully they met all of my expectations I can finally check them off of my bucket list of bands to see.