We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank

Release date
20 Mar 2007
Running length
16 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 March Into the Sea 3:30 294,902
2 Dashboard 4:06 620,381
3 Fire It Up 4:34 364,306
4 Florida 2:57 287,545
5 Parting of the Sensory 5:34 263,573
6 Missed the Boat 4:24 407,452
7 We've Got Everything 3:41 264,458
7 We've Got Everything 3:40 23,322
8 Fly Trapped in a Jar 4:29 235,844
9 Education 3:56 243,039
10 Little Motel 4:44 287,519
11 Steam Engenius 4:26 220,404
12 Spitting Venom 8:27 225,724
13 People as Places as People 3:42 239,627
14 Invisible 3:59 217,238
15 King Rat 5:31 78,553

About this album

We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank is the fifth studio album by American indie rock band Modest Mouse, released in 2007. The album is the first studio album by the band since their 2004 album, Good News for People Who Love Bad News and is also the first album with former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr as a member of the band. It has a strong nautical theme and was originally envisioned as a concept album about a boat crew that dies in every song.

This album was certified Gold for sales of over 500,000 copies in the USA.

The album was recorded at Sweet Tea Studio in Oxford, Mississippi with producer Dennis Herring, becoming the second consecutive Modest Mouse album to be recorded at that location and with that producer. The original drummer for Modest Mouse, Jeremiah Green, also returned to the band for this album. Additionally, James Mercer of The Shins sings backup vocals on the tracks “We’ve Got Everything,” “Missed The Boat,” and “Florida.” In its first week of release, the album debuted at #1 in the Billboard 200 selling 128,585 copies.

The album went gold in Canada in June 2008 and sold 50,000 copies.

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  • Connor2602

    A definite pop album but I'll be damned if Parting of the Sensory isn't one of the best MM songs ever written

    12 Jul 8:07pm Reply
  • YumeBitchu

    It makes me mad that this album doesn't receive the love that it deserves. It's a great summery pop album with Issac's perfect lyricism.

    20 Mar 1:02am Reply
  • mordwyr

    Great album, of course!

    10 Jul 2014 Reply
  • TheGreatAbyss

    better than the moon & Antarctica

    4 May 2014 Reply
  • R-Mac

    this is their pop album

    15 Mar 2014 Reply
  • CoffeeAfterDark

    Took a couple listens to appreciate, but now I really enjoy it.

    5 Dec 2013 Reply
  • BM128

    Different, but still really good. Hate the cover though.

    1 Dec 2013 Reply
  • ErnestVincent

    the only album worth listening actually [2] Actually you're completely wrong.

    6 Apr 2013 Reply
  • LikeableIdiot

    It took me a while to realise it but this album is excellent.

    15 Feb 2013 Reply
  • Vice3

    the only album worth listening actually

    8 Dec 2012 Reply
  • Dosva

    @Hobbaloo - for me The Moon & Antarctica are extremely personal so it is hard for me to favor another album over it, but I could understand how this could be ones favorite especially since I feel like there isn't really any filler. Others may disagree.

    24 Nov 2012 Reply
  • Hobbaloo

    Am I the only person that favours this over The Moon & Antarctica?

    6 Nov 2012 Reply
  • naotas_forehead

    I really have only one complaint about this album. The frickin' drum machines! MM, you got back Jeremiah Green, the greatest rock drummer of all time, and you don't even use him?? I hope they strip down the production on the next album.

    17 Sep 2012 Reply
  • LadyRequiem

    5 fucking years since their last LP... I love you Isaac but wake up, stop touring for a minute and hit record, please [2]

    2 Aug 2012 Reply
  • Hellsbells1993

    This album is actually pretty damn good. Doesn't hold a candle to their earlier stuff but it's still good in its own right.

    24 Jun 2012 Reply
  • bgutmeir

    not my fav but the mm album i prob listen to most

    18 Jun 2012 Reply
  • tycols

    definitely not my favorite, but it is up there among their bests imo. parting of the sensory, education, and people as places as people are absolutely fantastic. bands evolve, hating them because they don't sound like their first few albums is silly, because this one really is great.

    4 Jun 2012 Reply
  • dontsagemebro

    now that i think about it, this is pretty fantastic.

    29 May 2012 Reply
  • gonzeaux

    5 fucking years since their last LP... I love you Isaac but wake up, stop touring for a minute and hit record, please

    29 Apr 2012 Reply
  • Sonny_J_D

    I can understand why people don't like this album - it sounds little like early MM, but it is such a great pop album that I cannot hate it.

    20 Apr 2012 Reply
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