In an interview with Studio 360's Kurt Andersen, Isaac Brock talks about the inspiration behind the "The Best Room."
Brock mentions that in 1997 he was flying from Montana to Arizona to work on the mastering of Modest Mouse's second album The Lonesome Crowded West when the plane got put into a holding pattern over Phoenix, due to UFO sighting that became known as the "Phoenix Lights." He didn't tell anyone for years, because "...[he] didn't want to be that dude with the alien, with the UFO." He eventually told his mother and late UP Records founder Chris Takino.
He explains that the song is not about the UFO sighting, but rather a portion of the lyrics deal with the hotel that he ended up in that night.
the best room they have
is the last room you'd want
the bathroom's outside
police tape is tied
to the door knobs from rooms
nine through thirty-two
aw! these western concerns
we beg while we chew
Studio 360 will be broadcasting more of the interview in this week's show, which looks to come out on Thursday. Listen to this portion of the interview below. Read the complete lyrics to "The Best Room" on that song's page.