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Modest Mouse
Modest Mouse

Background information
Origin Issaquah, Washington, United States
Genre(s) Indie Pop
Indie Rock
Noise Pop
Years active 1993—present
Label(s) Epic Records
Up Records
K Records
Matador Records
Website Website
Joe Plummer
Isaac Brock
Eric Judy
Jeremiah Green
Tom Peloso
Jim Fairchild
Former members
Johnny Marr
Robin Peringer
John Wickhart
Dann Gallucci
Benjamin Weikel

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Modest Mouse Overview


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."

No One's First and You're Next (2009) We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank (2007) Good News For People Who Love Bad News (2004) Everywhere And His Nasty Parlour Tricks (2001) Sad Sappy Sucker (2001) The Moon & Antarctica (2000) Building Nothing Out Of Something (1999) The Lonesome Crowded West (1997) The Fruit That Ate Itself (1997) This Is A Long Drive For Someone With Nothing To Think About (1996)

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Outkast's Big Boi Recording Album With Modest Mouse

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 

Modest Mouse To Headline End Of The Road Festival

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 

Modest Mouse Unveil Heath Ledger Directed Video

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 

Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Modest Mouse To Play ATP 10th Anniversary

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 

Heath Ledger's Modest Mouse Music Video To Be Released

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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