Modest Mouse have announced The Lonesome Crowded West Tour, an intimate set of dates celebrating the 25th anniversary of the release of what has been hailed as one of the greatest indie records of all time. First released on November 18, 1997 on Up Records and produced by Calvin Johnson in Seattle, Modest Mouse plans to tour as they originally had behind the release, going out as a four-piece with original members Isaac Brock and Jeremiah Green joined by Russell Higbee and Simon O’Connor.
The Lonesome Crowded West was Modest Mouse’s followup to their acclaimed 1996 debut, This Is A Long Drive For Someone With Nothing To Think About. Featuring iconic songs like “Cowboy Dan,” ”Doin’ The Cockroach,” and “Trucker’s Atlas,” nearly every track has been part of Modest Mouse’s ever-rotating setlists, but this will be the first time you can hear them in order from start to finish. Pitchfork ranked The Lonesome Crowded West at number 29 in their list of the 100 greatest albums of the 1990s, and the song “Trailer Trash” reached number 63 in their list of the 200 greatest songs of the decade. Spin ranked the album at number 59 in their list of the 100 greatest albums of 1985–2005, and Entertainment Weekly included the album in their list The Indie Rock 25.