When you think of a song about the ocean most likely you will think of a song about the beach. From the Beach Boys, to Surfer Blood, these bands conjure up images of crystal waves, white sands, and sunny days. However, the ocean is a big place, and there’s more to it then just the beautiful beaches you hear about in these songs. To get a taste of this cold, salty, and foamy ocean water you got to leave the beaches of California, and take a trip up the coast into Washington State.
Modest Mouse excels at two things in my opinions: Making awesome album names (I highly recommend looking some up), and writing really good sea-shanties. The singer has a voice that would feel at home on a pirate ship, and the subject matter brings to mind the frothy cold waters of the North-West shores. Everyone in their songs are sinners, crooks, and various other ne’er-do-wells just trying to get by, and King Rat is their ballot.
To see what I mean you have to look no further then this music video. Everything, from the anthropomorphic fish, to the animation style blows a briny breeze in my face. Also the subject matter of the video (if not a little brutal) is a reminder to me that even if we seem pretty dominate on land, humans are pretty alien to the deep ocean. So grab your rum and eye patch, and enjoy.