Modest Mouse life and biography

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Modest Mouse biography

Date of birth : -
Date of death : -
Birthplace : Issaquah, Washington, US
Nationality : American
Category : Arts and Entertainment
Last modified : 2012-06-18
Credited as : indie-rock band, The Lonesome Crowded West, Isaac Brock

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Modest Mouse are US indie-rock band formed in 1993 in Issaquah, WA. They are credited with producing the archetypal indie-rock album in The Lonesome Crowded West. 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.

In 1994 Modest Mouse released their debut EP, Blue Cadet-3, Do You Connect?, followed in 1996 by the double album This is a Long Drive for Someone with Nothing to Think About. Success came with the 1997 release The Lonesome Crowded West which established the band's cult status and is cited by many to be a perfect example of the genre. As a follow-up the band released the critically acclaimed The Moon & Antarctica.

They introduced some new fans to their music during the Unlimited Sunshine Tour in 2001, playing alongside The Flaming Lips, De La Soul and Kinky.

The band went through some line-up changes in 2003. In 2004 the band released Good News for People Who Love Bad News which won over a whole new set of listeners and went on to achieve platinum sales. The album produced the hit singles "Float On" and "Ocean Breathes Salty".

In 2006 the band were joined by Johnny Marr, the guitarist from famous UK indie band The Smiths. Their next album We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank went straight in at No.1 on Billboard 100.

"Dashboard" was the first song released to the public (via an email list in 2007), and rested heavily on the clever opening guitar lick that Mr. Marr had laid down. The song spread like wildfire, quickly establishing that Modest Mouse was not going to disappoint.

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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