Last Night The Ocean Is the New White Belt
posted by March 22 at 11:08 AMon
On the way to Modest Mouse last night—Megan Seling, Jonathan Zwickel, Annie Wagner, and I went together—Zwickel said something about a British Columbian ski resort called Modest Moose. He said, “That’s actually where they got their name.”
Wagner, taking it seriously: “No, they got it from Dickens. I can’t remember which book.”
Zwickel: “I thought it was Virginia Woolf.”
Wagner, laughing: “No, it’s not Virginia Woolf. Would Modest Mouse name themselves after Virginia Woolf?”
The gynmasium at the South Lake Union Naval Reserve didn’t make anyone think of Dickens or Woolf, though if you’ve ever read Melville’s fattest book you might have thought of that. The doors to the gymnasium had round windows like portholes; some fish netting was hanging from the ceiling at the back of the room; behind the fish netting was an installation about the voyage of the Discovery, complete with a replica of the ship; there were lanterns on stage; and the blue lights shining into the stage fog looked like sunlight does when you’re under the ocean. Oh, and the new album is called We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank. “Nice to see you all in this big, boxy boathouse thing,” Isaac Brock told the crowd.
The Shins went ocean-themed for their last album too. As Seling said, “Ocean is the new white belt. It’s the new trend.”