Homegrown band Modest Mouse nods to hometown flavor

February 21, 2012

By Warren Kagarise

Modest Mouse is perhaps the most recognizable phenomenon to originate in Issaquah. (Sorry, loyal Costco members, but the mega-chain started in Seattle.)

Pacific Northwest gloom permeates Modest Mouse songs, but Issaquah receives scant attention in the lyrics.

However, band members tucked a reference to a certain local burger joint into a song. The nod is the closest the band comes to a clear-cut reference to Issaquah.

The mention appears in the song “All Nite Diner” on the “Interstate 8” EP. (The collection dropped in August 1996, a year before the album “The Lonesome Crowded West” turned the band into 1990s indie rock darlings.)

Modest Mouse recorded some songs for “Interstate 8” in lead singer Isaac Brock’s Issaquah garage in 1995.

“All Nite Diner” excerpt

Yeah, yes, yes

Have I told ya

You could really get it on?

I was at an all night diner

The sign said, “Triple X”

But they were talking about root beer

I’m just sitting down

Thinking about nothing

Looking at the thin air

Breathing up the oxygen

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