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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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  • MikeAman

    The new single has revoked any / all hope I had for their new album. "We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank, Part 2" it looks like.

    Yesterday 6:25pm Reply
  • kramerfan86

    At last they have returned, really like the new song

    Yesterday 4:30pm Reply
  • Poncecutor

    GET HYPPPPPPPPEEEEEEEEE

    Yesterday 10:44am Reply
  • Nakkinak

    early MM were so much better, Jeremiah Green was some kind of fuckin Indie Jaki Liebezeit and Isaac was rad

    16 Dec 9:15pm Reply
  • Funky-Shit-

    Lampshades on Fire is good

    16 Dec 5:19pm Reply
  • Alex_Trap

    it sounds pretty rad to me

    16 Dec 3:50pm Reply
  • vibrationofsoul

    how can so many people make blanket statements about their new sound after hearing one song, nevertheless one song from an album that took 7 years to make

    16 Dec 6:11am Reply
  • justfetus

    wow really guys? I fucking love 90s modest mouse but I also love their last few albums. This obviously is right in line with that, so if you're still hoping for some pre-2004 shit, just don't even bother. First 10 seconds of the new track I had a huge smile on my face, 5+ years of waiting for that ever-familiar Isaac croon and the signature MM guitar bends.

    16 Dec 5:10am Reply
  • Gretelx

    Glad to see Dramamine has survived to be a top song today. (x2)

    16 Dec 2:12am Reply
  • heyman010

    stop overreacting, it's one song. Honestly not even a bad song either

    15 Dec 10:38pm Reply
  • CatalystDM

    this album is dead before the ship even sank

    15 Dec 10:09pm Reply
  • aaronws

    i think the song is great. not crazy about the ba ba ba part though

    15 Dec 9:37pm Reply
  • ameeps

    It's great for what it is, the kind of poppy lead-single from the new album. Listen to other potential tracks like Be Brave, and they are much rawer.

    15 Dec 9:22pm Reply
  • Teh_Zombie

    :/

    15 Dec 9:03pm Reply
  • MrCuckoo

    Modest Mouse is dead to me.

    15 Dec 8:00pm Reply
  • titchio

    "Lampshades on Fire" is great, really excited to hear the whole album. Modest Mouse aren't the band of old, they now have pop sensibilities that really shine through on their more recent tracks. People need to give it a rest - I'm aware it doesn't sound anything like Lonesome Crowded West and that's fine.

    15 Dec 7:50pm Reply
  • sttuart

    so overproduced

    15 Dec 7:22pm Reply
  • coldbludedkilla

    Strangers to Ourselves is going to be some people's first MM album. They have so much discovery ahead of them.

    15 Dec 6:35pm Reply
  • coldbludedkilla

    Lampshades intro sounds a bit World at Large on first listen. Musically it's in line with the last two album but that's hardly surprising, the production sleeks over the rougher edges that used to give them so much personality. Still excited to hear a whole new MM album next year, even MM lite has it's little flourishes that remind me of hearing their early stuff for the first time.

    15 Dec 6:34pm Reply
  • EdgeLike

    hmmm Lampshades on Fire is rather lackluster. it sounds like it would fit seamlessly on Good News. one track down, skepticism up.

    15 Dec 4:25pm Reply
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