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Issaquah, Washington, United States (1993 – present)

Modest Mouse is an band which formed in 1993 in Issaquah, Washington, United States. The band’s original lineup consisted of guitarist Isaac Brock, drummer Jeremiah Green and bassist Eric Judy. Since being signed to Sony’s Epic Records in 2000, Modest Mouse has attained significant popular success with songs such as “Float On” and “Dashboard.”

The band’s current configuration is Isaac Brock (vocals, guitar), Tom Peloso (strings, horns, bass, keyboards), Jim Fairchild (guitar), Eric Judy (bass), Jeremiah Green (drums) and Joe Plummer (drums). Plummer has recently become the new drummer for The Shins.

Brock came up with the name “Modest Mouse” when he read the Virginia Woolf stream of consciousness essay The Mark On the Wall in which the author described the working middle class as “modest mouse-coloured people”

Brock frequently moved around with his mother when he was a child. Around this time, his mother left his father for his father’s brother (Brock’s uncle). Brock’s mother’s house flooded and forced them to move into his mother’s new husband’s trailer, but there was no room for Brock. Brock stayed behind, living in the second story of the flooded house, until he was eventually evicted by police. He then moved into a shed next to his mother’s house and it is said this is where Brock, drummer Jeremiah Green and bassist Eric Judy first began playing music.

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  • titchio

    'Of course we know' is probably the best track I've heard yet from the new album. Fantastic.

    Yesterday 12:53pm Reply
  • melodymann

    new single is love

    Yesterday 12:35am Reply
  • hashtagbluejay

    God damnit leak already

    3 Mar 4:24am Reply
  • Slargrave

    So I've loved every single that's been put out, yep this is still my favourite band ever.

    2 Mar 5:38am Reply
  • CureVaNiNawl

    "Gay Butts!"

    27 Feb 11:32pm Reply
  • naotas_forehead

    @imdrunksfuck: I'm sorry to hear that. It's true they've changed, but you shouldn't let it effect your life so negatively. The old albums will always be there for you, regardless. :)

    27 Feb 11:06pm Reply
  • StankDank

    Everyone needs to take a deep breath. R-E-L-A-X

    26 Feb 8:02pm Reply
  • CosmicOrigin

    Change (in the house of mouse) <--- Deftones reference

    26 Feb 3:49pm Reply
  • imdrunkasfuck

    MODEST MOUSE CHANGED!!! THERE NEVER GOING TO BE THE SAME AGAIN!!! MY LIFE IS RUINED!!!

    24 Feb 1:18am Reply
  • Unknownrooster

    god i hate this fucking gay band

    24 Feb 12:30am Reply
  • naotas_forehead

    (I probably sound really drunk right now or something, but I'm just sleep deprived and on a lot of anti-anxiety meds. Sorry it I'm rambling too much.)

    23 Feb 10:32am Reply
  • naotas_forehead

    Notably, the live shows I've attended, the new songs DO have that certain... thing. Some unexplained energy. It's still different from the old records, but it convinced me that they still have it in them. Also, I don't give a fuck that they sold out. I love them anyway. There is no denying that they sold out. They did! I'm just gonna say it. BUT I DON'T CARE. I love them. They deserve it. They don't owe us anything.

    23 Feb 10:30am Reply
  • naotas_forehead

    I sound like an obsessed fan-boy, but this is how I really feel. I am in LOVE with old Modest Mouse. Goddamn it.

    23 Feb 10:26am Reply
  • naotas_forehead

    But old MM is more than just good music. It is so much more depth and passion and soul. I can connect with it on a deeper, more personal level than almost all other music. At the risk of sounding like an unbearable douche and snob: But holy fucking shit, it's art in its highest form. There is something very very VERY valuable in old Modest Mouse that I cannot explain. And past that "Good News" point, it's gone. And I don't understand it. I've tried and tried and tried to understand it, to find it. It doesn't make any sense. They are using many of the same sounds, Isaac still uses clever wordplay that utilizes paradoxes and metaphors, the songs can sound amazing as hell and even stir some emotions, but that THING that magical THING is totally gone. It's present in everything before Good News. I am constantly amazed that it is present even in shitty early recordings when they were 16 or whatever, on Tube Fruit, etc.

    23 Feb 10:21am Reply
  • naotas_forehead

    Eh, I'm kind of tired of this whole argument that "bands evolve", therefore MM is still good. There are plenty of bands who have drastically evolved their style over the years, but remained relatively at the same level of greatness across their discography (Fugazi, The Flaming Lips). The thing that bothers me about Modest Mouse is that there is a clear-cut POINT where their music stops being truly GREAT. Modest Mouse lost something very vital between Everywhere & His Nasty Parlor Tricks and Good News for People Who Love Bad News. The strangest, most frustrating thing is that this quality, this THING is unquantifiable and almost impossible to explain. It's not production values or major labels, because the Moon & Antarctica disproves that. (NOTE: The difference between old and new Modest Mouse is HUGE, but that doesn't mean that new MM is bad music. It is good music. I like new MM.)

    23 Feb 10:20am Reply
  • Stefanszz

    AntasTheGreat is a major faggot alert

    22 Feb 6:01am Reply
  • AntasTheGreat

    edgelike is a bitch boy

    21 Feb 11:41pm Reply
  • CosmicOrigin

    [bantukov] dude, how could you say that about my mom?

    20 Feb 8:43pm Reply
  • Bantukov

    Новый альбом бомбой будет, чую

    20 Feb 7:13pm Reply
  • CosmicOrigin

    tl;dr[2]

    19 Feb 10:05pm Reply
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