holy crap! Modest mouse: "float on"
by Sean
Please note: MP3s are only kept online for a short time, and if this entry is from more than a couple of weeks ago, the music probably won't be available to download any more.


Forget the day-by-day schedule, I just heard this track and can't keep it to myself -- Modest Mouse's "Float On." The new single from their upcoming album, and the best thing they've ever done, it seems to me.

Modest Mouse - "Float On".

The guitars and drums jangle and flip in the background, happy to float on, with Isaac Brock squawking and rhyming in the front. It's like an amazing bird party that humans are never invited to, where there are strange bird drinks and strange bird rock'n'roll dances. And a river. And love. But you MUST TURN IT UP LOUD SO THE DRUMS AND BASS MAKE YOU CRAZY. holymoly! dan!!

Posted by Sean at January 29, 2004 2:07 PM

Holy Crap! This kicks ass! I've heard some MM before, and felt kind of "bleh" about it, but this sounds fuckin' tight! It will probably piss off some fans who dig the old sound, but they sold me on the new shit!

ps. sorry for all the exclamation marks, but this is exciting stuff! =P

Posted by Eric at January 29, 2004 6:46 PM

oh my.
too good.
must listen to all night.

Posted by mike d. at January 29, 2004 7:23 PM

> must listen to all night.

and indeed i have been!

Posted by Sean at January 30, 2004 12:09 PM


I love it. So good, and so good that their new stuff isn't a let down. I posted it on my site as well so as not to tax your bandwidth. Thanks a bunch. I'm really happy with the whole thing.

Posted by mark at January 30, 2004 2:23 PM

MM rules, and this a step beyond.

Posted by mutt at January 30, 2004 4:32 PM

isaac sounds -- different. he seems more confident and singing with some kind of swagger. good stuff though i hope GNFPWLBN leans more toward the pink floyd of TM&A....

Posted by kevin at January 30, 2004 5:31 PM

puffy and isaac are doing a collabo....
check it...
don't sleep , yo...

Posted by farnsworth bentley at January 30, 2004 11:05 PM

if this song were a woman, i want to have sex with her.

Posted by greg at January 31, 2004 5:37 AM

great song! here's a live video of them playing it if you haven't seen it yet.

Modest Mouse - Float On (live on Zed TV)

Posted by del at February 1, 2004 1:44 PM

I am an old MM fan, and this new song doesn't totally get to me still showing their experimentalism. And as for Eric and his comment on them being "bleh" you are a jackass and do not deserve to don your gay apparel which sometime soon be of a MM tshirt. you suck.

Posted by Jon at February 1, 2004 2:33 PM

thank god you're so cool jon.
It takes the pressure off of the rest of us.

Posted by forksclovetofu at February 1, 2004 11:38 PM

Wow, am I not a fan of this song, though I am a big fan of MM. The vocals are the only thing that sound remotely like what I think of when I think of mm. Even then they, as well as the rest of the song, sound more like Ugly Cassanova (which I do actually like), except gone horribly mainstream. I might even like it if it just wasn't Modest Mouse, but honestly I thought they were being ironic in the beginning and it just never ended.

p.s. my roommate's howling in the background about musical stupidity.

p.p.s Why the hell are you all pissing yourselves over this?

Posted by alice at February 2, 2004 5:50 PM

I don't understand what you don't like about this, Alice... It "doesn't sound like what I think of when I think of mm" -- well, so what? And "horribly mainstream"? What does that mean? And again, does it matter?

I think it's terrific-super! And still!

Posted by Sean at February 2, 2004 9:07 PM

Oh wow...

I really think this song is awful. I'm not a big fan of modest mouse, but I do think they have some decent work. The song sounds as if the rapture and the singer of the full house tv series theme song got together, and made some jams. I hate the rapture, and I despise Uncle Jesse, so, put two and two together. Ughh..dont like it.

Posted by Jesse at February 3, 2004 12:10 AM

It's just that I think of modest mouse as experimental and somewhat innovative. This just sounds unorginal and regurgitated. I really think I might not mind it so much if it just wasn't Modest Mouse, who I expect so much more from. I wouldn't be surprised if this ends up quite successful, because it is a lot more accessible then their older stuff, but yeah. If it does, I know I won't be the first crying sell out, but I know which camp I'll be in.

And the beer-soaked sing-along at the end makes my skin crawl.

Posted by alice at February 3, 2004 12:11 PM

Oh, and by experimental I don't mean avantgardeish or noise etc. etc., I just mean willing to play around in ways that more mainstream bands aren't. This doesn't sound playful to me, it just sounds calculated.

Posted by alice at February 3, 2004 12:13 PM

Great song, Great Band, whoever is out there badmouthing one of the best and very influential bands of the indie-NW rock age shouldn't know about them. keep the band real, don't let posers listen to music they can't appreciate. sound is awesome, isaac sounds perfect as usual.

IF you aren't sold on this song, see them on their upcoming tour. that's when the band really shines.

Posted by timmy at February 3, 2004 4:04 PM

The pop allergy strikes again...

Posted by Eppy at February 3, 2004 4:30 PM

When I first heard this song I immediatly thought the talking heads. Definately yep. Definately influenced by the heads. Its effing great. I like upbaet music. Who cares about being cool,and apethetic when you got this song in your head. We all float down here-pennywise

Posted by Philo at February 7, 2004 1:54 AM

Modest Mouse is the best band in the nation and will continue to be as it seems for a long time. If you do not like this song you are truely unable to respect MM and the progression of this band. And really they could give a crap about all this anyway.

Posted by Danny Boy at February 8, 2004 3:04 AM

I need to find it!! where can i find out?!

Posted by Daniel at February 9, 2004 8:41 PM

Hey does anyone know how to get an mp3 of this now? Apparently the link for this mp3 doesn't work now. Or should I just get the single? Crap! It comes out today!!! I'm retarded....there's no excuse...I was adopted.

Posted by Brandon at February 10, 2004 10:53 AM

iTunes music store

Posted by Will at February 10, 2004 1:24 PM

Does anyone have the list of stores selling the new modest mouse 7"? Please post them if you do.

Posted by SRP at February 10, 2004 2:35 PM

well. modest mouse has to be one of the few really wonderfully good bands around right now. everybody else sounds like simple plan to me. isaac has to be jesus. his words are so god dam powerful. "ill go to college and ill learn some big words and ill talk real loud god dam right ill be heard." now i havent heard the new stuff but anybody who can write like that will never be able to let me down. everybody needs to watch them on carsen daly tonight (if you didnt know) to me its going to be bigger than the first time the beatles came to the u.s. the 7" is sposed to be going on tour with them so go see them god dammit.

Posted by jordan at February 10, 2004 7:10 PM

aww i wanted to hear it for free, i dont have a stupid credit card and the cd store here sucks.

Posted by angela at February 11, 2004 2:47 PM

I love you guys.

Honestly I challenge anyone to go to Epic's message boards on www.modestmousemusic.com without vomitting. It's full of indie rock eliteists who base a musicians talent more on how "underground it is" rather than the music istelf, stating such atrocities as "everything modest mouse has produced after signing with Epic is crap." Oh yeah, Moon and Antarctica...such crap. Idoits. You will also hear them bitch and moan about how "indie rock is dying" which in itself is ridiculous. I think the past two years have been some of the best years for indie rock. But I must be wrong because The White Stripes and The Strokes are on MTV, oh well.

Personally, I think "Float On" is an instant classic. I just hate how so many people see the evolution of a band nowadays as being a bad thing. Anyone who doesnt appreciate the musical value of this song and still can't hear the "old Modest Mouse" in it is a moron. Im glad most people here seem to see through "the new sound" and acutally listen to the music. Thank you.

I think "Good News for People who Love Bad News" is going to be great. It will be an awesome thing for indie rock. If you have a filesharer you can download some quality live recordings of some of the upcoming songs on the new album. I really enjoy "The Good Times" and "Satin in a Coffin" along with "Float On." I used Soulseek to download the files (www.slsknet.org) It's definitely the best thing out there. It's free and it has every band imaginable, even the really hard to find ones. Anyways, thanks again.

Posted by Drew at February 11, 2004 4:33 PM

It still sounds and looks like Isaac up front there...i couldn't care less if the label a band is independent or not, the question is if a band sounds the way they do because of their musical evolution, or if they're compromising their sound to sell more records by appealing to a wider audience. now either Mr. Brock has gone on Prozac or perhaps just embraced a more positive outlook on life, but something essential has changed in "Float On". Maybe that's what the title of the upcoming album is trying to say. i absolutely love Modest Mouse's music; Isaac Brock is brilliant and has been my pin up boy for years, and I guess i'm just trying to say that if this song is genuine, i'm really happy that he's growing up or whatever, but the fact that they were on the Carson Daly show...i dunno. i'll buy it no doubt, but i hope the album rings true to what this song was saying.

Posted by nicole at February 12, 2004 10:15 PM

Hi. I really like this song. I will admit, i partially regard it as therapeutic. Been feeling like shit for a good while and this song put a smile on my face. I drove around earlier and listened to it 9 times in a row. It put a huge smile on my face. The lyrics really calm you down and remind you to take it day by day and the music is so fucking up that it's virtually impossible to feel down when you're listening to it. I don't give a shit about being underground and what label they are on and what not, this song makes me feel good, and I will definitely be purchasing "Good News For People Who Love Bad News."

Posted by Mike at February 12, 2004 11:37 PM

I am insanely addicited to Modest Mouse. I almost need help. I'm not talking posters and fan letters and shit like that. I've never even seem them live. It's just that almost every time I look at my 300+ CDs, 3 out of 4 times I pick MM. For me, nothing compares. True, at one time I felt this way about other bands, like Pavement, so maybe there is a band out there that will win me over some day. I was very anxious to here the new MM CD. The first time I listened to Float On I was a bit shocked. I didn't know what to expect, but I didn't expect an 80's sound. Though stunned, after the first listen I was addicted. I'm trying hard not to spoil it by listening to it too much - keeping it to like twice a day. Can't wait to hear the rest of Good News..

Posted by Bill at February 16, 2004 4:18 PM

i have "good news for people who love bad news"
its quite fucking good.

Posted by john at February 17, 2004 4:07 PM

you have good news for people who love bad news?
...well thats not very cool you lucky bastard. that song on carson sounded like the same modest mouse i know. "and if my free times gone will you promise me this my friend. that you will please bury me with it!" amazing

Posted by jordan at February 18, 2004 3:20 PM

when i first heard this song, i thought that it meant that modest mouse was breaking up. and that we'll all float on, and it will all be okay. i hope not.

Posted by corey at February 18, 2004 10:53 PM

hey, i agree with some others on here. modest mouse is a progressive indie rock band under a major label. just setting that straight for you all.

being progressive, the band's sound can rightfully change. any band's sound can change. i don't give a fuck about what the label has to say, what the fans have to say, what epic has to say, or what rolling stone, or itunes has to say. and i don't believe modest mouse does either.

if even things get a little too heavy, we'll all float on. . .

Posted by long distance drunk at February 20, 2004 3:00 AM

its obvious that their sound is somewhat different. happens to a lot of bands. such as dashboard confessional, saves the day, death cab, and others. it doesnt seem that modest mouse has the same intricacy that it used to, like in Talking Shit About A Pretty Sunset, for example. Theres just mainly one beat the whole time.

it may be a different sound, but its damn catchy and good.

some people may think its too poppy, but whatever. maybe some pop songs sound too prog rock.

Posted by uglycassanova at February 20, 2004 11:10 PM

i already have the new modest mouse cd

Posted by bryan at February 21, 2004 12:06 AM

ok well, i saw mm at irving plaza and they played this awesome song called, bury me with it,and just that song alone is good enough for me, its amazing, i only heard it once and its been stuck in my head for weeks...

Posted by Kevin Keegan at February 23, 2004 3:08 PM

I heard Float On at the 2003 Bumbershoot festival. It was their closing song and I've had it stuck in my head since last september, and I'm so fucking glad I finaly found a copy of it. And to anyone who hasn't seen them live, it's their a hundred times better in the flesh, the smaller the venue the better, but they still rock. They're getting so popular these days now. I saw them on a Nissan commercial or something. They filled the entire stadium last Bumbershoot on the main stage. Anyway, it's all about the MM. Just groove.

Posted by Gil at February 24, 2004 1:08 AM

hey, i dont know how i got here
but MM is way rockin
all of there cds and eps are amazing
and does anyone know where I can get the lyrics to this song?

Posted by does it matter at February 26, 2004 11:41 PM

this song is way different than their old material, and i love the change. there comes a time in every band's career when the same-old becomes monotinious. Modest Mouse rules, and their music makes me feel good.

Posted by daniel at February 28, 2004 3:07 PM

I was just trying to find lyrics for this song or perhaps the whole album when I ran across this thread... I'm sitting here thinking, "It's so sad that there are people that don't like Modest, but WHY do they feel like they have to voice that opinion?" Guess what, I think you are idiots, not only for not enjoying this song(because bands should sound different from album to album), but also for attempting to degrade a band your ears aren't worthy to listen to. Do other people go to your house and tell you that they think you are fat? Or that they don't like your car? No, because that is just stupid! In summation, shut the heck up, post to your cronnies-not ours, and try to find some "taste" for music. Opinions are not rights, they are priveledges! Modest Mouse will always be to me the most unique, yet still aesthetically beautiful, sound I've heard. No one compares and I think it takes great courage to have your own sound. It takes courage to do something new and different and still sound so fkg good! I hope Metallica (post Sandman) die soon and the file sharing of these indie bands will strike up another batch of fresh music... hopefully in Seattle again and that less people find out about this band.

Posted by lovehatesme at February 28, 2004 10:55 PM

Lots of good comments .... I think of everything I read here, Drew's comments are really right on. If you can't here some of the "old" Modest Mouse in all this, you're really stale. It's all Modest Mouse. I wouldn't want every song to sound like "Float On", but I wouldn't want every song to sound like "Cockroach" either. Float On is sublime.

And forget "Float On".... what about "Bury me with it" ???? IT IS FUCKING INSANELY GOOD.

Posted by jeffrey at March 2, 2004 2:18 PM

this song is fucking horrible.

I pray to the gods of indie rock that the rest of the cd has some merit and this is just the crappy radio single epic forced them to produce.

A 12 year old could have written those lyrics...

I dont mind change, M&A was change, but it was a good change that kept the spirit of the band for the most part and was aligned with the normal metaphysical ramblings of brock. This... this is crap. but we shall see with the much hyped new cd...

I swear to god, if i start having to share the floorspace at their shows with teeny boppers, somebody is going to get punched...

Posted by seltaeb at March 7, 2004 5:27 PM

this albulm is going to save this summer.

Posted by Jess at March 8, 2004 11:07 AM

ive been a long time mm fan and if this song is anything like the rest of the album all i can say is im excited about april 6th.

Posted by james d at March 8, 2004 5:29 PM

i thought it was the 30th, this month. but yeah, ive heard a few of the new songs: the good times, bury me, and float on. the new sound is incriedible. i only have one negative thing to say: what the hell isaac, a nissan commercial?! what the fuck

Posted by hotcha at March 8, 2004 11:55 PM

Yeah, I don't know why people hate Isaac for writing a catchy song. It's good, and if this catches on in a major way, I'd be surprised. I've also heard 5 other songs from the new album, and none of them were anywhere near this radio friendly or uptempo. People need to relax. I don't really see middle school kids singing along to "Black Cadillac," "Satin in a Coffin," or "Bury Me With It," yknow?
And also, very true on the previous comment about Nissan. Why?

Posted by Nate at March 9, 2004 2:06 PM

Ya know, I have the new album. I like it. Burkowski is fucing great. Float on is trash. It has a frat boy sing along chorus that is not becoming to a talented band like modest mouse. The rest of the cd is so crisp, that it sounds kinda too poppy for me. The best thing modest mouse ever had was sounding like they just got a 4t5rack and put some shit together. Here, this sounds contrived. Its not bad--they are just losing what they had--their main strength. They could make a disjunctive chord arrangement sound sou fucking melodic and beatifuk--now they are using pop chord progressions.

Its not a bad cd. Its just not what I love and I think real fans really love about them.

Posted by sigh at March 13, 2004 12:34 PM

I have the album too and it's fantastic.

Oh, and just for the record the chords in float on are not "pop chords"... they are: F#, F#maj7/F, Bmaj7 and Bbmin - which is one hell of a weird progression by almost any muso's standards!

Posted by Colby at March 14, 2004 6:29 PM

This song is wonderful. I love it. Listened to it so many fkg times.

As far as the nissan commercials why say "what the hell isaac?" you should be saying "what the hell epic?" the record company or the owner of the copyright is the one that sells a song for advertisements. look at michael jackson, he bought the copyright to a ton of beatles songs, and they got put on all sorts of commercials. i don't think bands own the copyrights to their songs when they're on a major record label.


Posted by Jake at March 16, 2004 5:56 AM

I've been listening to them for about 3 years and have heard it all. Big fan. Those of you who think this is not "up to par"or whatever are riduculous. The vocals, guitar, and emotion are still there. If they didnt change some, every album would sound like the last one, and sorry but I am not down with that. Who cares if they did a commercial, the commercial has no effect on their music at all, and the music is what it is all about right? I think some of you are too worried about "image" to listen to the music for what it is. As long as it sounds good...

Posted by Barton at March 17, 2004 4:15 PM

modest mouse is a really good band and now that they have changed how they sound on this album they have gotten better and i hope they keep getting better and people who dont like modest mouse dont matter

Posted by erik at March 18, 2004 12:57 PM

hey well i think float on is soo kick ass! and i think it;s kool that mm is changing there music, mm would just be boring without somthing new to there music. so yah just thought i would say that mm you are to awsome!

Posted by tinkerbell at March 19, 2004 5:24 PM

I just appreaciate that mm has finally broke with this song. ive been a fan of theres since 97' and tryed to turn my friends on to them and finally this song has done it

Posted by Murphy at March 23, 2004 10:46 PM

ive been a fan for a while 97' do you guys think this rec. will go mtv2 i hope not

Posted by holopaw at March 26, 2004 10:33 AM

Modest Mouse is awesome! i went to a show on March 22nd! they are so fuckin good! i was so glad i got to go! it was the best night, ever!

Posted by Chelsea! at March 26, 2004 10:55 PM

yes, im a big fan of Modest Mouse. I have heard everything theyve done. Sad Sappy Suckers up to "The Moon.." I got the email from the mailing list about theyre new music video( www.modestmousebootlegs.com ) Its an amazing video, i think if you watch it no one could disagree. Anyway, all modest mouses songs are different in some way to theyre other material, could be a few chords or an utterly out of left field change. Its the variety you get, the emotion of Brock in every song, not what label theyre on, or what commercial. If anything, Brock and MM deserve some recognition for theyre past decade of music. maybe Epic will give them that. If the Mouse supposedly go mainstream, just means ill have 1 music video to watch on MTV or Muchmusic, out of theyre trillions of videos. anyway, im sure no one cares about my ramblings..GOODDAY!

Posted by Tyler at March 27, 2004 8:33 PM

I have listened to modest mouse for quitea while now and i actually got the new cd a month ahead of time. SHHH!
and i loved some of it and hated some of it. some songs sound like tom waits and others go complete disco-e on you. i like the new stuff and all but i think i know why people dont like it when bands turn mainstream. they become bigheaded and stop caring about the music. its just what i think but i still love the new record enough to buy a copy of it when it releases too.

Posted by Johnny at March 28, 2004 9:41 PM

oh yeah, all the way up in the convo someone said that the rapture sucked. no they dont they kick ass! i like their ep too. out of the races and on to the tracks is a kick ass song.
i also got modest mouse streaming on my xanga

Posted by Johnny at March 28, 2004 9:43 PM

agh! so frustrating right?

but so good?

remember... baby steps...

Posted by awrightawready at March 29, 2004 6:10 AM

Holy shit! I hate this! THe first time I see some stupid fucker with Modest Mouse shirt on top and some expensive-ass pants on the bottom I'm going to chop their head off and crap on them.

Posted by CODY at March 29, 2004 9:31 PM

oh my god this is good but its not that good and i think that there is better stuff like thrice and brand new. if you want to be cool you shoud listen to those bands and you should listen to thursday.

Posted by wes at March 29, 2004 9:34 PM

yeah modest mouse is weird

Posted by ash at March 29, 2004 9:36 PM

Yea, thrice and brand new are good, much better than Modest Mouse. I mean, what the hell do the words mean? I mean, god. What the hell does "we'll all float on alright" mean anyway? I mean, god. Is he singing about rivers? Rivers aren't cool, so Modest Mouse isnt' either.

Posted by Jon at March 29, 2004 9:37 PM

Brigt Eyes said "Modest Mouse is not good. Their songs mean nothing. They're a fad and they'll pass"

Posted by Anonymous at March 29, 2004 9:39 PM

It's sad but true that if Isaac Brock met 95% of you he'd hate you.

Posted by Rick at March 29, 2004 9:40 PM

I dont know what youre talking about. go to high school and learn how to read between the lines. If you paid attention to the lyrics youd understand that hes singing about the death of a friend and how they are coping with it. thrice and brand new suck so much ass its not even funny. WE ARE THE DEAD! wow thats so original. yeah talk about fads

Posted by Johnny at March 30, 2004 2:19 AM

oh by the way, modest mouse has been around for over 10 years. so i disagree with that bright eyes bullshit.

Posted by johnny at March 30, 2004 2:23 AM

Conor Oberst is a crybaby and his songs as Bright Eyes are tedious and overrated. He still acts like a spoiled brat, and I'd suggest that someone punch him in the face just for the hell of it, only he'd probably write another one of his tear-jerkers about the punch much to the delight of female-liberal-arts-college-underclass-wannabe-hipsters everywhere.

And it's true that Isaac Brock would probably hate 95% of us, myself included. In some interviews (well, he doesn't do many now because God forbid someone mentions Built to Spill in a question) he comes across as a douchebag. Perhaps he's also a douchebag when he's not doing interviews. Maybe I wouldn't like him if I met him. But when it comes to music, he's put together one hell of a band, and when it comes to taste, I'd much rather give Mr. Brock the benefit of the doubt than Mr. Oberst.

As for "Float On," well, it sounds like a single. It can't possibly be the best song on the album, but it's "catchy" and I do like it. I can't wait to get the new album.

Sorry for the long rant.

Posted by rocknrollsultan at March 30, 2004 10:22 AM

Wes said "you should listen to Thursday." Heed Wes' advice is you enjoy listening to a band that sounds like every other band. Thursday simply duplicates the sounds and idea of every mainstream rock band and tries to pass it off as their own. It is quite possibly the worst music I have EVER heard.

Posted by Jeremy at March 30, 2004 4:00 PM

how could mm just be a fad and blow over they have been around since 93 thursday and all those bands were in grade school when they put out the first rec.i think mm is for a more mature audience thats all

Posted by holopaw at March 30, 2004 4:19 PM

bright eyes grow up son

Posted by holopaw at March 30, 2004 4:20 PM

Whats with this? Float on is a great song, how can you not like it. The truth is you all do but you dont want to cause its to "catchy" for you. Whatever... all mm is good stuff, relax and find something better to complain about.

I jusat have one thing to complain about. How the hell do all of you get the cd before its out, i live in crap ace wisconsin, i want the new cd NOW!

Posted by Caleb at March 30, 2004 6:05 PM

I love Modest Mouse! *smile* ever since I heard "Float on" on the Radio I couldn't get enough of them!!!
They rock!!

Posted by Shiro at March 31, 2004 1:39 AM

I'm just wondering why so many of you are worried about MM going "mainstream" or "selling out"? Would you rather they spend their entire careers only being known by a select few just so that select few can feel high and mighty because they hold a secret about this magnificent band? I think that's terribly selfish and arrogant for someone to turn their back on them simply because they made themselves more accessable to joe public. I say congratulations, this is good for them, for their success, and the song may be the ideal catchy radio song, but it's still Modest Mouse and it's still good.

Posted by Tater at March 31, 2004 11:38 AM

I love that song TOO! I've got a slot at my college radio station and I play "Float On" all the time. Well, once a show. Any more and it's overkill.

Posted by LizIsHomeSick at March 31, 2004 1:57 PM

every time you think you're talking, you're just moving your mouth.

the song is good.

Posted by cowboy dan at April 1, 2004 1:30 PM

The next person to be wearing a modest mouse t-shirt and an expensive-ass pair of jeans will be me. This song is guaranteed cash.

-Isaac Brock

Posted by Isaak Brock at April 1, 2004 2:35 PM

This song rules, modest mouse is definitely the best band ever.

Posted by Richard at April 1, 2004 2:51 PM

every modest mouse album is different... each one has its own "flow" and this one is just as good as all of their other ones. its a different style of modest mouse, but you can still tell that its modest mouse playing the music... alice... this sounds nothing like the the singer of the theme song to full house... how can you compare this song to such ear-shattering bullshit? this song and the rest of the album lives up to the only 2 word that describe the music of modest mouse... fucking amazing.

Posted by Dana at April 1, 2004 8:15 PM

i must make a few extra remarks... alice.. i apologize.. i meant to blame the fullhouse bullshit on "jesse"... another thing... to jon who wrote about brand new and thrice... you are a fucking dumbass... enough said

Posted by dana at April 1, 2004 8:22 PM

'Float On' was featured on last week's episode of The O.C. I didn't know whether to be happy for them or blow a fuse that they agreed to have their song on the show. Now, I make no apologies for loving the show, but I also acknowledge it as a guilty pleasure, while Modest Mouse are serious musicians with integrity enough to keep them out of the mainstream. It just seemed like an odd boundary to cross.

Posted by Awryter at April 2, 2004 5:20 PM

wow... i would like you shoot 95% of the people who posted on here. you guys are dumbasses... shut the fuck up and just enjoy modest mouse for what they are... each album is different, but they all have modest mouse characteristics... oh and stop comparing mm to brand new, thursday and all of those other shitty ass bands who all sound the same... DASHBOARD CONFESSIONALS SUCK DONKEY BALLS. so does every other pouty, emo, bullshit band. inlcuding bright eyes... you all need to die... don't listen to mm if you're a little mtv teeny bopper... mm really needs to stay off of mtv... someone really needs to bomb the mtv headquarters before they do

Posted by cafreak at April 3, 2004 5:53 PM

Well, the thing i most love about MM is how they never cease to amaze me. Every album is again different. And "good news for people who love bad news" is a perfect example of their ever going trend to experiment and change. Who cares if they are on MTV or tryin to widen their listener base. If you love Modest Mouse, love them for their music not hate them for who listens to them. teeny boppers will soon realize they cant grasp the meanings behind MM songs, and stop listening to them. just let it be.

Posted by modestkim at April 3, 2004 10:46 PM

in my opinion some of MM's older songs r 'Float On' esque; Polar Opposites, Trailer Trash, Out of Gas

whatev whatev good shiz

Posted by kevasio at April 4, 2004 7:32 PM

i like this electronic/drum machine direction the Mouse is going on the new alb

Posted by Scissor Fights Yinka asdf Gatobang at April 4, 2004 7:38 PM

anyone who bases the merit or credability of a band based on the scale of "if its recorded poorly then its probably indie" or "the less pleasing to the ears the better" is a selfish bastard who doesnt take into account that the musicians who you use as the basis of your personality arent always the sad/down prick that you are. "float on" is something they wrote because they fucking felt like it...if you don't like it, the MM universe isnt falling apart, its just doing whatever the hell it wants to. as far as "sharing space with teeny boppers"...you're basically saying you dont like the idea of "sharing space with more people than there are now at MM shows" don't be so selfish, just like them or don't and stop using them as a guage of your indie cred. they dont use you that way, and you ought to be pissed if people did. you people can be so quick to judge...one bad song and BANG! "MM has let me down, they're absolute garbage, they've sold out"...this is their career, and yeah it is a job, and yeah its not easy, and yeah if they only made records that appealed to a few people, they'd be broke...and as cool as it is to act poor, no one wants to be.

Posted by iamtheoise at April 6, 2004 5:38 PM

i've just spent 37 painstaking minutes reading every single comment on this page. the same statments over and over again. everyones right because if this wasn't such a great song i wouldn't be putting so much effort into this, but can't a single person on this board direct me to where i can find lyrics? please help.


if anyone finds lyrics please e-mail them to me at stalion42@hotmail.com

Posted by myk at April 7, 2004 4:55 PM

im not saying i hate mm because teeny boppers listen to it.. im just pissed off that this one song comes along and everyone freaks out and says its the best music they have ever heard. "float on" is just as good as "Night on the Sun" or "dramamine" or "interstate 8".
i mean... i think everyone in this room has established that modest mouse is a damn fucking good-ass band and deserves all of the listeners they can get but some people need to expand and not just listen to this one radio hit single.

oh and for lyrics to float on and other GNFPWLBN tracks
go here http://www.lyricscafe.com/m/modestmouse/floaton.html

Posted by cafreak at April 8, 2004 7:11 PM

i love MM old stuff. Heard this song last week and said to myself "damn this is different, but I like it..." I've lsitened to it 100 times since and I love, it reminds me of one of those really mediocer 80's songs that you really love to listen to and sing along to, but you wont admit to anyone you actually love the song...

so all in all I love this track, even if it is different.

>>>> evolution!

Posted by chris at April 8, 2004 7:56 PM

someone needs to slaughter bright eyes for saying that about modest mouse
seriously... that pisses me off that they would say that conor oberst needs his balls ripped off and shoved up his ass while he is hanging from a bridge over shark infested waters by his intestines. and while its happening, he can compose yet another shitty emo song about how his balls hurt and how hes a little pussy

Posted by jay at April 8, 2004 7:59 PM

I just purchased Modest Mouse's new album today. It's an okay album, but their sound has really changed. I'm just a bit dissapointed with this new album.

But because of this "okay" album, Modest Mouse is attracting all these new teeny-bopping fans. It kind of makes me want to punch someone's face in. It's shallow of me, yes, but it's how I feel when I love a band that all of a sudden get's well known among little 12-year-olds.


Posted by emily at April 8, 2004 8:25 PM

"It kind of makes me want to punch someone's face in. It's shallow of me, yes, but it's how I feel when I love a band that all of a sudden get's well known among little 12-year-olds."
- thats just totally insane. please don't think its normal or even good to get bitter about this kind thing. what it is, is a deficiency in most people (myself included) that says " i want to be recognized (more to the point, congratulated) for knowing about this before you did. this music is what seperated me from you before and now that you like it, i dont have that sheild." seriously, recognize the problem for what it is...its not the band's fault, or new fans, its the person getting bitter. "teeny-boppers" can be totally retarded and ruin a good show etc. yes, thats a fact, but so can retarded super-fans (for example their recent show at the detroit bar). instead of getting pissed, why dont you take the chance and clue these kids in to better music? the one thing i do agree with, however, is that MM's entire collection of work should speak for them, and its dissapointing that new fans may only have the interest to check out the single, or just this album.

Posted by iamthenoise at April 9, 2004 4:48 PM

Lyrics to this song seem hard to come by...and the lyrics at lyrics cafe are totally wrong. They don't even mention the words "Float On".

Posted by Weiss at April 10, 2004 11:33 AM

well. i got the new album. i also got the rereleased moon and antarctica. i still dont know why they put it out again, maybe after people hear "float on" and start liking it and they want to pick up another MM cd, and i suggest the moon and antarcita to anyone who wants to start listening to MM. and i really didnt like the new album, but i must say it is growing on me and im glad MM is experimenting, the lyrics are still good, and i love the last song with the flaming lips. Anyways i would suggest any MM fan to buy the new cd and support them for what they are!

Posted by modestkim at April 11, 2004 12:46 AM

just because music becomes popular doesn't always ruin it. the smiths, nirvana, smashing pumkins, and the cure were all alterna-popular and continued to put out great albums after. but i agree most bands start to suk as soon as they get any $ and fame, but not always. let's hope that's not the case with mm. just because you whine doesn't make you emo.

Posted by n8 at April 12, 2004 5:01 PM

Whenever im feeling down I just listen to this song and it makes me feel so much better.

Posted by Sakura at April 13, 2004 11:22 AM

I love this song. I have been listening to it over and over and the music video is great too. Im going to get the cd soon!

Posted by Lorenzo at April 15, 2004 11:49 PM

If you want to hear the rest of the album and the non album track go to: http://anti.wartorn.org/flash/mm-index.html and you can preview the whole damn thing, no sense in basing an entire album's review off of one track.

Posted by Jon at April 20, 2004 5:52 PM

someone was saying that they packed the stage at bumbershoot last summer... the thing to remember is, they were playing right before sonic youth. that's why i was there... and at the time i had only heard one or two modest mouse songs before. it has grown on me since.

Posted by joe at May 3, 2004 8:39 PM

You people who are pissed off that MM is appealing to a larger mass of listeners... what the hell is the matter with you? even if that is truly your opinion, and you feel strongly about it, just get the fuck over it and don't bitch to real fans (who actually grow WITH a band, and appreciate their PROGRESSIVE growth) on a stupid website-- there are WAY more important things in life.
And to those of you that think the lyrics in float on are stupid and meaningles... you don't read literature very much, do you? i'm not saying the words are exactly poetic, but it's like poetry in the sense that it makes everyone think or feel something different or even just significant. this particular song makes me feel... relaxed... that is until i look for lyrics and end up in a message room where people just bitch and tear down music for their own false self-value. just because you've liked a band for a long time doesn't give you the right to trash other people who just started liking the band. think like a real person.

Posted by Elizabeth at May 5, 2004 7:26 PM

yeah, MM is all over mtv, i dont care, and float on is on my radio every morning... I didnt hear this song until a saw the video a few weeks ago on fuse, and i was like, no way is this modest mouse? cause they were sort of like "underground" and then all of a sudden they have a video, and i didnt think it sounded like them but i knew that voice

karma payment plan = best modest mouse song

Posted by Anonymous at May 5, 2004 9:35 PM

Hey Joe, I totally agree with you. I completely understand what you're trying to say. I am very much the same way when it comes to BMWs, Music and Sports. People are always bitching and thrashing one thing or another without first appreciating what it really is. I call it a massive display of utter ignorance on their behalf. I have zero tolerance for stupid people....so to all you silly pukes out there who can't seem to appreciate something for what it's worth and insist on bashing and thrashing....there is absolutely nothing wrong with expressing your opinion....just make sure it is constructive AND intelligent or else you'll keep proving to the public that you ying yangs really are natural born morons every time you open your mouth to voice your opinions. You don't want people to think that the sole purpose of opening your mouths is to switch foot now do we? Didn't think so. Rock on.....

Posted by Empress at May 8, 2004 1:05 PM

i dont understand why ppl care so much about mainstream or not? is that not the goal of every musician to become mainstream so their stuff gets listened to? the ebst bands in the world were mainstream. modest mouse is not mainstream by a long shot ive never heard them in the radio and seen a music videofor them once which makes them cool i guess but still its a great song and instills the passion they always bring

Posted by steve at May 14, 2004 3:41 AM

One of the best songs i have ever heard! So great, I crapped my pants! lol. Thank you for making this wonderful song.

Posted by T. Fox at May 22, 2004 5:18 PM

This is the best stuff i have ever herd in my life. ¤§

Posted by Alec at May 26, 2004 12:47 AM

This was the first time I ever heard anything by MM. It's true, Float On is almost therapeutic. That man in the handlebar mustache keeps me smiling. Beautiful!

Posted by Lori at May 27, 2004 1:09 AM

Yo check it, dis be lil' kilo and i keeps it real like the cadilac deville yo, cuz dats how we roll for real honkey. im strait out of idaho. im the only real nigga in the ghetto who be diggin' in on the MM.

Posted by lil kilo at June 1, 2004 1:26 AM

The fact of the matter is, whether or not the song is good (which it is compared to a lot of the shit out there) it is way below the capabilities of Modest Mouse. I'll admit, what would a 15 year old know about music. But quite hoestly, this new song just doesn't meet my MM standards. I can't let this onto the production line. But still, I can't lose respect for what they have don, just what they are doing. Thank you.

Posted by Greg at June 12, 2004 1:41 AM

Please read this one, steve is an ignorant ass
"is that not the goal of every musician to become mainstream so their stuff gets listened to?" - steve
Obviously, you aren't much of a musician steve. Musicians are their own breed, they thrive on pain, distress, frustration and then make it into music. Some people put holes in walls, some people beat their wives, some people slash their wrists. It's an outlet for their emotion, a place to express themselves while they have nowhere else to. I quite honestly think that any musician couldn't care less about being heard, just as long as they can speak.

Posted by Anonymous at June 12, 2004 1:49 AM

ive just recently discovered the song and very much enjoyed it. as a musician myself, i thought the song was very innovative and daring. though i agree the chord progressions were strange, i admire them for using such daring progressions. and the signature riff, very catchy! :) and i loved the lyrics, the world needs more words like that, words the real people can really relate to, to give hope instead of anger and sadness.

it makes me sad to see the modern youth being divided ito so much catagories, causing so much hate, and having so much ignorance (im not reffering to those who posted on this board {....well sorta}just the modern youth in general)i hear kids say things like,"oh i dont like them any more, theyre too mainstream..." or," i only listen to (>insert music here

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Posted by still grass at June 13, 2004 1:33 AM

I love this song! The lyrics are pretty wierd, but I love the sound. The video is so sad though, and it doesn't match the lyrics. Watch the video.

Posted by Melanie at July 10, 2004 8:16 PM

As big as this song is, and as big as Modest mouse is becoming, nevertheless, it's sound is agitating, and the CD, which I've heard in full about 3 times, is horrid. Perhaps I just don't understand the genre, but to me it seems like a gitty whining mixed with some cluster-f*** guitar and drum riffs. You win some, you lose some. I guess I lost this one. Explain to me, what is good about it? I heard it played as a cover by a friend of mine's band, and that was actually better than the song itself. That tells me that the original artist didn't take the song to that final step. -out

Posted by Aphix at July 19, 2004 5:47 PM

this song kicks ass!!!! but i heard a rumor that this song is actually about MR HANKY THE CHRISTMAS POO off of SOUTH PARK

Posted by Derek at August 6, 2004 4:25 AM

This is the song with the sheep in the music video right?

Posted by Anonymous at January 8, 2005 9:42 PM

ANY BODY THERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous at January 8, 2005 9:44 PM

modest mouse died on april 6th 2004.
nuff said.

Posted by ally at March 15, 2005 6:57 PM

I love this song!! I love the sound to. I guess that's why I listen to it.

Posted by ashley at December 17, 2005 5:51 PM

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