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Modest Mouse & Johnny Marr have “started working on some stuff together” again

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Here’s some good news for people who love, well, good news: Modest Mouse and Johnny Marr are collaborating again.

The Smiths guitarist previously played with the “Float On” outfit on their 2007 album, We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank. Fifteen years later, Modest Mouse frontman Isaac Brock tells SPIN that he and Marr have once again “started working on some stuff together.”

“We just finished a song, ‘Rivers of Rivers’ — actually I think it’s just ‘Rivers of…’ — but it’s in a pen-pal sort of way,” Brock says. “International travel isn’t what it once was at the moment.”

“I played on that new Modest Mouse song, and there are a couple of other things knocking around that Isaac’s writing,” Marr adds. “As Isaac said, air travel isn’t quite what it was. But hopefully when the world tilts back on its axis, I’ll be jumping on a plane, I think.”

While we wait for that to happen, Modest Mouse will be touring this spring and summer in support of their latest album, 2021’s The Golden Casket. Marr, meanwhile, released his newest solo record, Fever Dreams Pts. 1-4, this past February.

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