Modern rock outfit Modest Mouse will return Dec. 19 with its highly anticipated new Epic album, "We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank."

Modern rock outfit Modest Mouse will return Dec. 19 with its highly anticipated new Epic album, "We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank."

It's the follow-up to the band's 2004 mainstream breakthrough, "Good News for People Who Love Bad News," which has sold 1.5 million copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

The new album was recorded at Sweet Tea Studios in Oxford, Miss., and, as previously tipped here, features the contributions of former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr. Marr has since become an official member of Modest Mouse and will tour with the band in the future.

For now, the lone confirmed date on Modest Mouse's schedule is a Nov. 11 appearance at the Bang! Festival in Miami, alongside Duran Duran, Daft Punk, Gnarls Barkley and Tiesto.