The song is called “King Rat” and is off the band’s new EP, No One’s First, and You’re Next.

Check out the Heath Ledger conceived and directed video. The Modest Mouse song is actually pretty decent, with typical whelps from Isaac Brock and some nice banjo picking to boot. It then gets into some Beirut sounding horn playing, which isn’t original, but it sounds ok.

According to the band’s MySpace: “Heath’s vision, brave and unapologetic in its nature, would marry his love of bold and original music with his impassioned stance against the illegal commercial whale hunts taking place off the coast of Australia each year,” the band wrote. “Always one to operate from his heart and take a stand for what he cared deeply about, Heath’s intention was to raise awareness on modern whaling practices through a potent visual piece without having to say a word. It was his way to let the story, in its candid reversal, speak for itself.” Proceeds from Tunes downloads of the video will benefit the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, an international nonprofit marine wildlife conservation organization.

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