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Modest Mouse is an American indie rock band formed in 1993 in Issaquah, Washington by singer/lyricist/guitarist Isaac Brock, drummer Jeremiah Green, and bassist Eric Judy. They are based in Portland, Oregon. Since their 1996 debut album, "This Is a Long Drive for Someone with Nothing to Think About", their lineup has centered around Brock, Green and Judy. Guitarist Johnny Marr (formerly of The Smiths) joined the band in May 2006, along with percussionist Joe Plummer (formerly of the Black Heart Procession) and multi-instrumentalist Tom Peloso, to work on the album "We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank". Guitarist Jim Fairchild joined the band in February 2009. Their name is derived from a passage from the Virginia Woolf story "The Mark on the Wall" which reads, "I wish I could hit upon a pleasant track of thought, a track indirectly reflecting credit upon myself, for those are the pleasantest thoughts, and very frequent even in the minds of modest, mouse-coloured people, who believe genuinely that they dislike to hear their own praises."
April 29, 2011
Outkast's Big Boi is working with Modest Mouse on their new album. The rapper revealed in a series of Tweets> that he has been in the studio working on new tracks for the band's new album. Read more
May 6, 2010
Modest Mouse will headline this summer’s End of the Road festival in North Dorset. The US band will join previously announced headliners Yo La Tengo and Wilco at the event, which runs from September 10-12. Read more
August 5, 2009
A music video that was directed by the late Hollywood actor Heath Ledger has been released by Modest Mouse. The video for 'King Rat', which featured as a bonus track on the band's 2007 album ''We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank', came about after a chance meeting between Ledger and Modest Mouse frontman Isaac Brook. Read more
July 8, 2009
Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Modest Mouse have both been added to the line up for the tenth anniversary of the ATP festival. The event, which takes place at Butlins resort in Minehead from December 11-13, will also feature a performance from The Breeders. Read more
March 17, 2009
Two music videos directed by the late Hollywood actor Heath Ledger are to be released for the first time. The videos, for Modest Mouse and Grace Woodroofe, were shot shortly before the actor's death in January 2008. Read more
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