Modest Mouse is eyeing a mid-to-late October release for its as-yet-untitled second album for Epic. The set was produced by Dennis Herring (Sparklehorse, Counting Crows) and recorded at Sweet Tea Stud

Modest Mouse is eyeing a mid-to-late October release for its as-yet-untitled second album for Epic. The set was produced by Dennis Herring (Sparklehorse, Counting Crows) and recorded at Sweet Tea Studios in Oxford, Miss., with additional recording in Memphis.

The recording will mark the debut of Modest Mouse's latest lineup, which features frontman Isaac Brock, bassist Eric Judy, and new drummer Benjamin Weikel, replacing Jeremiah Green. Founding guitarist Dan Gallucci is back on board, after spending the past few years in the now-defunct Murder City Devils.

Look for a handful of guest appearances on the record, from the likes of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, the Hackensaw Boys' Tom Peloso and Otha Turner's Rising Star Drum Band.

The new album is the long-awaited follow-up to Modest Mouse's 2000 major-label debut, "The Moon & Antarctica." That set reached No. 5 on Billboard's Heatseekers chart and has sold 159,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan. An odds-and-ends collection, "Everywhere and His Nasty Parlour Tricks," notched the same position in Oct. 2001.

Modest Mouse is road-testing some of its new material this summer. Aside from a previously announced July 19 appearance at the Village Voice's Siren Festival in New York, the group has 12 dates on tap through late July. An Aug. 29 set at Seattle's annual Bumbershoot festival is also confirmed.

Here are Modest Mouse's tour dates:

July 15-16: Chicago (House of Blues)
July 17: Cleveland (Agora Theatre)
July 18: Philadelphia (Electric Factory)
July 19: Brooklyn, N.Y. (Siren Festival / Coney Island)
July 21: Norfolk, Va. (NorVa)
July 22: Atlanta (Variety Playhouse)
July 23: Athens, Ga. (40 Watt Club)
July 24: Oxford, Miss. (Proud Larry's)
July 25: Houston (Engine Room)
July 26: Austin, Texas (Stubb's BBQ)
July 27: Oklahoma City (Diamond Ballroom)
July 30: Denver (Fillmore Auditorium)
Aug. 29: Seattle (Bumbershoot Festival)

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