Modest Mouse is an American rock band formed in 1992 in Issaquah, Washington and currently based in Portland, Oregon. The founding members of this group are lead singer/guitarist Isaac Brock, drummer Jeremiah Green, and bassist Eric Judy. Strongly influenced by groups such as Pavement, the Pixies, XTC, and Talking Heads, the band rehearsed, rearranged, and recorded demos for almost two years before finally signing with small-town indie label, K Records, and releasing numerous singles. Since the band’s 1996 debut album, This Is a Long Drive for Someone with Nothing to Think About, the group’s lineup has centered on Brock and Green. Judy performed on every Modest Mouse album until his departure in 2012. Guitarist Johnny Marr (formerly of the Smiths) joined the band in 2006, shortly following 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 2009. The band’s sixth album, Strangers to Ourselves, was released on March 17, 2015.
ight years after the release of We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank, Modest Mouse released Strangers to Ourselves on Tuesday, March 17, 2015. On December 13, 2014, the title and release date were confirmed to be in early 2015. Two days later, Modest Mouse released the lead single “Lampshades on Fire” which debuted on Twin Cities public radio station 89.3 The Current. On December 16, 2014, Modest Mouse made “Strangers to Ourselves” available for pre-order for CD and LP formats on the Glacial Pace website and on the iTunes store. Brock stated that the follow up to Strangers to Ourselves was currently in the making. It was said to be like a part two to Strangers to Ourselves and the release date is currently unknown, but Brock said they will try to release it as soon as legally possible.