Continuing my Modest Mouse Top 25 countdown:
6. Spitting Venom
Spitting Venom may be the most complete song Modest Mouse has released thus far. It was stuck in my head for days when I first heard it. I'm absolutely certain that it is my favorite track from We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank. The stark presentation of the lyrics in the song's opening work wonderfully, but when the full band kicks in at the 87-second mark, it becomes a different beast entirely. Brock's lyrics come thick and fast, with urgency and (sorry) venom. The song ends with a symphony of sound, that sometimes feels too long, but somehow always leaves me wanting more. There are five songs better than this in the band's catalog? Yes, I think so.