So, fucking there.
Many of the songs from Good News For People Who Love Bad News should crowd out their sold-out performances at the Crystal Ballroom this week, as their funny little comeback tour winds its way into its final stretch. Touched by spiritual high-fives and punchy late-20s introspection, the new songs absolutely glow--and ask you to sing along to their gigantic choruses. Helio Sequence timepiece Benjamin Weikel has stepped in seamlessly for now-estranged drummer Green (he's taken a kind of necessary sabbatical from the band until this summer) and he looks like a giant, whacking sideways at beats that hardly anyone else could duplicate. His band opens the show, too, but the real star here is still Brock, who stands as a rather durable songwriter at the end of it all.
A few weeks ago, at a tour stop in Los Angeles, he tried to lead his fans in a rendition of "Wind Beneath My Wings," and though he may sing softly now, he still carries a harsh lisp. Later, he spit out lines like, "God, I sure hope you are dead" at anyone within the first five rows. But don't mind him; it's just that old habits diehard. Most everything you'll read about the band in coming months will be written about with Behind The Music posturing (this preview included), if only because all of this drama has lead to a new beginning. If nothing else, Good News For People Who Love Bad News stands as Modest Mouse's second act. Brock is starting over in this world of bad news and Beaches references, and he's managed to weather the tides of change, looking failure in the eye with a crooked grin. He's just happy to be here. TREVOR KELLEY