We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank

Infobox Album
Name = We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank
Type = Album
Artist = Modest Mouse

Released = March 20, 2007
Recorded = 2005–2006
Length = 62:33
Label = Epic
Producer = Dennis Herring
Reviews =
* AbsolutePunk.net (94%) [http://absolutepunk.net/showthread.php?t=221922 link]
* Allmusic rating|3|5 [http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:3kd1vxzva9ek link]
* "Blunt Magazine" rating|10|10
* Drowned in Sound (7/10) [http://www.drownedinsound.com/release/view/9686 link]
* "Entertainment.ie" rating|3|5 [http://entertainment.ie/reviews/review.asp?ID=4973&subcat=CD link]
* "Entertainment Weekly" (A-) [http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,20015125,00.html link]
* "Los Angeles Times" rating|3|4 [http://www.calendarlive.com/music/reviews/cl-ca-mouse-18march18,0,6564036.story?coll=cl-albumreviews link]
* "New York Times" rating|3.5|5 [http://www.nytimes.com/2007/03/19/arts/music/19choi.html?_r=1&ref=music&pagewanted=all&oref=slogin link]
* "NME" (7/10) [http://www.nme.com/reviews/modest-mouse/8384 link]
* Pitchfork Media (7.8/10) [http://www.pitchforkmedia.com/article/record_review/41754/Modest_Mouse_We_Were_Dead_Before_the_Ship_Even_Sank link]
* PopMatters (6/10) [http://www.popmatters.com/pm/music/reviews/32225/modest-mouse-we-were-dead-before-the-ship-even-sank/ link]
* "Q" rating|4|5
* "Rolling Stone" rating|3.5|5 [http://www.rollingstone.com/reviews/album/13661002/review/13712947/we_were_dead_before_the_ship_even_sank link]
* "Spin" rating|4|5 (April 2007, p. 85)
* "Stylus Magazine" (C) [http://www.stylusmagazine.com/reviews/modest-mouse/we-were-dead-before-the-ship-even-sank.htm link]
* Tiny Mix Tapes rating|4.5|5 [http://www.tinymixtapes.com/Modest-Mouse,3114 link]
Last album = "Baron von Bullshit Rides Again" (2004)
This album = "We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank" (2007)
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"We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank" is the fifth studio album by Washington-based American indie rock band Modest Mouse, released in 2007. The album is the first studio album by the band since 2004's "Good News for People Who Love Bad News" and is also the first album with former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr as a member of the band.cite web|title=Modest Mouse Set Title, Release Date|date=2006-08-22|publisher=Pitchfork Media|author=Phillips, Amy|url=http://www.pitchforkmedia.com/page/news/38100/Modest_Mouse_Set_Title_Release_Date#38100]


The album was recorded at Sweet Tea Studio in Oxford, Mississippi with producer Dennis Herring, becoming the second consecutive Modest Mouse album to be recorded at that location and with that producer.cite web|title=Johnny Marr Officially a Member of Modest Mouse|publisher=Pitchfork Media|author=Phillips, Amy|date=2006-08-04|url=http://www.pitchforkmedia.com/page/news/37735/Johnny_Marr_Officially_a_Member_of_Modest_Mouse] Audible Alchemy in Portland, Oregon was also credited as a recording studio for the album. The original drummer for Modest Mouse, Jeremiah Green, also returned to the band for this album.cite web|title=The Rock Desk with Patrick MacDonald|publisher=The Seattle Times|author=Scanlon, Tom|date=2006-10-10|url=http://blog.seattletimes.nwsource.com/rockdesk/2006/10/] Additionally, James Mercer of The Shins sings backup vocals on the tracks "We've Got Everything," "Missed The Boat," and "Florida."cite web|title=Pitchfork: News — January 3, 2007|publisher=Pitchfork Media|author=Maher, Dave|date=2007-01-03|url=http://www.pitchforkmedia.com/page/news/2007/1/3/Stream_Modest_Mouse_Dashboard#40272]

The album was leaked to the Internet on February 15, 2007, a full month before its official release on March 20, 2007. In its first week of release, the album debuted at #1 in the Billboard 200.

The album went gold in Canada in June 2008.

Johnny Marr joins the band

In an interview, Isaac Brock said of Johnny Marr: "He made a cautious commitment to write and record with us, and then the tighter we got, he was like, ‘okay, let's tour too'. Then he was pretty much a member of the band-- not pretty much. He's a full blown member of the band. It's really fuckin' nice." According to Brock, Marr was involved in songwriting on the album, and will even tour with the band in support of it. In the interview, Brock described "We Were Dead..." as a "nautical balalaika carnival romp". Johnny Marr later responded to Brock's comments by saying "Isaac contacted me and asked if I'd help Modest Mouse write the new album. I was intrigued and played with the band in Portland a couple of times. We hit it off and wrote three great songs straight away, something clicked, it felt right from the off. I have a new Healers album pretty much done, but we've been having such a good time playing these new Modest Mouse songs. When people hear the record they'll see why, we're very good together." [ [http://www.jmarr.com/ Johnny Marr ] ]

Release details

The album was originally intended to be released in the United States and Canada on December 19, 2006, but in an e-mail sent to members of Modest Mouse's mailing list on October 6, 2006, the album was pushed back: "The forthcoming record "We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank" is set for release early next year...".Fact|date=April 2007 It was pushed back until March 20, 2007, and released on April 2, 2007 in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland.cite web|title=Modest Mouse Confirms Release Date, Track List|date=2007-01-26|author=Cohen, Jonathan|publisher=Billboard|url=http://billboard.com/bbcom/news/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1003538387] The album was also released in Australia on March 17 and Germany on March 30.

Two CD versions of the album were released for purchase: the regular version, which comes in a standard jewel case, and the deluxe digipak version which "includes a digipack and a 32-page full color booklet all packaged in a deluxe slipcase" made of canvas.cite web|title=SonyMusicStore: We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank — Deluxe Limited Edition CD Package|url=http://www.sonymusicstore.com/store/catalog/MerchandiseDetails.jsp?merchId=116532&skuId=116536] The Sony Music website also offers a double gatefold (2 LP) 180-gram vinyl edition of the album.cite web|title=SonyMusicStore: We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank — Vinyl|url=http://www.sonymusicstore.com/store/catalog/MerchandiseDetails.jsp?merchId=117542&skuId=116533&sms=alt-modestmouse-shipsank]

In anticipation of the album's release, Modest Mouse was named March 2007's [http://www.xbox.com/en-US/live/artist/modestmouse.htm Xbox Live Artist of the Month] . Xbox Live users could download the "Dashboard" music video and have the chance to play against the band in an upcoming Game with Fame. There was also a sweepstakes and other exclusive bonuses.

Track listing

all_writing = Isaac Brock and Modest Mouse

title1 = March into the Sea
length1 = 3:30

title2 = Dashboard
length2 = 4:06

title3 = Fire It Up
length3 = 4:34

title4 = Florida
length4 = 2:57

title5 = Parting of the Sensory
length5 = 5:34

title6 = Missed the Boat
length6 = 4:24

title7 = We've Got Everything
length7 = 3:40

title8 = Fly Trapped in a Jar
length8 = 4:29

title9 = Education
length9 = 3:56

title10 = Little Motel
length10 = 4:44

title11 = Steam Engenius
length11 = 4:26

title12 = Spitting Venom
length12 = 8:27

title13 = People as Places as People
length13 = 3:42

title14 = Invisible
length14 = 3:59

Bonus material

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* A behind the scenes look into the making of the "Dashboard" video entitled "A Fisherman's Tale" was included with iTunes Store pre-orders of the album and the Japanese limited edition 2-disc set.
* A 7" vinyl single featuring the unreleased track "King Rat" with album track "Fire It Up" as the B-side was included with the pre-order of the album at certain retailers.Fact|date=April 2007
* U.S. Best Buy stores offered a pre-sell CD single with three tracks from the album. It was made available on March 7, two weeks prior to the release of the album and contained the tracks "Dashboard", "Education", and "Little Motel." The single carried no title other than that of the 3 tracks. Unlike typical promotions of pre-sell material that contain coupons for some value off the final price of the album (this one was $1.99 - a reimbursement for the cost of the single, making it a free promotional tool), this CD featured only album quality tracks and no live or other unreleased tracks.cite web|title=Presell Single — CD — Modest Mouse|publisher=Best Buy|url=http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?skuId=8271782&type=product&id=1628530]


The first single released from the album was "Dashboard" in January 2007. It was first sent to members of the Modest Mouse e-mail list on January 3 and is still present on the band's media player on their official MySpace page. The song was released to radio on January 16, and made available at the iTunes Store on January 29.

The second single was "Missed the Boat", with the video being directed by Christopher Mills (who also directed the Float On video). It peaked at #24. [cite web|title=Video Static: Music Video News: April 8, 2007 - April 14, 2007|publisher=Video Static|url=http://www.videostatic.com/vs/2007/week15/index.html#entry-32771898|accessdate=2007-04-23]

The third single is "Little Motel". The video was shown on the official Modest Mouse Youtube channel on October 11th, 2007.


*Produced by Dennis Herring
*Engineered by Joe Zook & Clay Jones
*Assisted by Tom Queyja & Rob Cooper
*Recorded at Sweet Tea, Oxford, MS & Audible Alchemy, Portland, OR
*Additional Engineering by Kyle "Slick" Johnson, Reto Peter & Tom Queyja
*Mixed by Joe Zook & Dennis Herring
*Mixed at Sweet Tea, Oxford, MS, "Little Motel" mixed at AUS California, Studio City, CA
*Mastered by Howie Weinberg at Masterdisk, New York, NY
*Lyrics by Isaac Brock Music by Modest Mouse © 2007 Ugly Casanova (ASCAP) / Tschudi Music (ASCAP) / Crazy Gnome (ASCAP) / Marr Songs Ltd. (BMI) / Party Pants Music (BMI) / Robot Horse Music (BMI). All Rights Reserved. Used by Permission.
*Modest Mouse is Isaac Brock, Jeremiah Green, Eric Judy, Johnny Marr, Tom Peloso, Joe Plummer
*Clay Jones — Shaker on "Dashboard", Programming on "Florida", Acoustic Guitar on "Missed The Boat"
*Dennis Herring — Claps & Stomps on "Parting Of The Sensory", Rhodes on "Little Motel", Backing Vocals on "Steam Engenius", Pump Organ on "Spitting Venom"
*Kyle "Slick" Johnson — Programming on "Dashboard", "Fire It Up", "Parting Of The Sensory", "Little Motel" & "Invisible"
*Naheed Simjee — Backing Vocals on "Fire it Up", Claps & Stomps on "Parting Of The Sensory"
*James Mercer - Backing Vocals on "Florida", "Missed the Boat" & "We Got Everything"
*Art Direction by Isaac Brock, Christian Helms & Nahjeed Simjee
*Design by Christian Helms & Geoff Peyeto at The Decoder Ring
*Booklet Interior Illustrations by David Ellis & Casey Burns
*Thank You: Steve Lobdell & Mike Gillentine
*A&R: Kaz Utsunomiya
*Management: Ravenhouse Ltd.
*James Mercer of The Shins appears courtesy of Sub Pop Records

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External links

* [http://www.lyricwiki.org/Modest_MouseWe_Were_Dead_Before_The_Ship_Even_Sank_%282007%29 "We Were Dead" lyrics at Lyricwiki]
* [http://www.metacritic.com/music/artists/modestmouse/weweredeadbeforetheshipevensank Modest Mouse: We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank (2007): Reviews] at Metacritic

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