On March 20, 2007.

On March 20, 2007, “Epic” label released “We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank”, the fifth Modest Mouse studio album. It was recorded 2005 – 2006, at “Sweet Tea Studio” in Oxford, MS, “Audible Alchemy” in Portland, OR, and was produced by Dennis Herring.


  • Isaac Brock – lead vocals, guitar, art direction
  • Jeremiah Green – drums, percussion
  • Eric Judy – bass
  • Johnny Marr – guitar
  • Tom Peloso – vocals, bass, piano, trumpet, tuba, fiddle, synthesizer
  • Joe Plummer – drums, percussion
  • Clay Jones – acoustic guitar, shaker, programming
  • Dennis Herring – claps, stomps, Rhodes, pump organ, backing vocals, mixing
  • Kyle “Slick” Johnson – programming
  • Naheed Simjee – backing vocals, claps, stomps
  • James Mercer- backing vocals
  • Joe Zook – engineering, mixing
  • Clay Jones – engineering
  • Tom Queyja, Rob Cooper – assistants
  • Kyle “Slick” Johnson, Reto Peter, Tom Queyja – additional engineering
  • Howie Weinberg– mastering
  • Christian Helms – art direction, design
  • Nahjeed Simjee – art direction
  • Christian Helms, Geoff Peyeto at The Decoder Ring – design
  • David Ellis, Casey Burns – booklet interior illustrations

Track listing:

All lyrics by Isaac Brock; all music by Isaac Brock, Jeremiah Green, Eric Judy, Tom Peloso and Joe Plummer.

  1. March into the Sea
  2. Dashboard
  3. Fire It Up
  4. Florida
  5. Parting of the Sensory
  6. Missed the Boat
  7. We’ve Got Everything
  8. Fly Trapped in a Jar
  9. Education
  10. Little Motel
  11. Steam Engenius
  12. Spitting Venom
  13. People as Places as People
  14. Invisible

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