Formed in 1993 in Issaquah, Washington 3, Modest Mouse cut their teeth practicing in the shed outside vocalist and guitarist Isaac Brock's mother's house. With Eric Judy on bass and Jeremiah Green, Modest Mouse created one of the finest pieces of post-grunge Northeastern rock with 1997's The Lonesome Crowded West. Obsessed with the notions of space and its relationship to people, Modest Mouse formed a tight unit that bounced around the country in a dingy van. Their first single was recorded in 1994 at Calvin Johnson's Dub Narcotic Studios and released on K Records. Their subsequent recordings (This Is a Long Drive for Someone With Nothing to Think About) combined with the infectious Lonesome Crowded West opened Modest Mouse up to a major label bidding war, which soon found them signed to Epic who released their most ambitious record to date, The Moon & Antarctica in 2000. In the next four years the band would be rocked by substance abuse problems, various criminal offenses (both alleged and perpetrated), which would cause Jeremiah Green to quit the band during the recording sessions for 2004's Good News for People Who Love Bad News. The album hit big with the backing of Epic and MTV's heavy rotation of the single "Float On."
Isaac Brock is an understated and empathetic observer of the human condition. He's also a manic guitar player who leads Modest Mouse through moments of extended instrumentation that build into cascading eruptions of noise. And then the rest of the time he's dicing through idea after idea with lyrics that are focused on people with bad luck, Jesus and a yearning for a space that he can call his own.