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. 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, 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."
“This Is a Long Drive for Someone with Nothing to Think About,” their first full-length album, was released on Up Records on April 16, 1996. The followed with “The Lonesome Crowded West,” released on Up Records on November 18, 1997, and is considered to be their breakthrough album.
“The Moon & Antarctica” was the band's first release on a major label, first released by Epic Records on June 13, 2000. The album peaked at number 120 on the U.S. Billboard 200 albums chart and #5 on the Heatseekers chart. In March 2009, the album was certified gold by the RIAA in the United States.
On April 6, 2004, Modest Mouse released their fourth album, the platinum-selling “Good News for People Who Love Bad News,” which scored two hits with "Float On" and "Ocean Breathes Salty." The album was a top 20 hit and was certified Platinum by the RIAA in August 2004. To date, it has sold over 1.5million copies in the United States and is therefore their best-selling album to this day due largely in part to the success of "Float On." It was also nominated for a Grammy in 2004 for Best Alternative Album.
The album “We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank” was released on March 20, 2007 and was their first album to reach number one on the US Billboard 200 charts, and spawned the hit single "Dashboard", as well as "Missed the Boat" and "We've Got Everything".