Modest Mouse

Thanks for visiting my page. I originally was going to deconstruct and interpret the Modest Mouse song that provides the name of the site, but after I started I realized that I didn’t want to enforce (or even suggest) my interpretation upon anyone else. And I think that it’s a fairly simple ‘message’ to understand, despite the ambiguity of the imagery.

And in this life like weeds, you’re just a rock to me
I could have told you all that I love you
And in the places you go, you’ll see the place where you’re from
I could have told you all that I love you
And in the faces you meet, you’ll see the place where you’ll die
I could have told you all that I love you
And on the day that you die, you’ll see the people you’d met
I could have told you all that I love you
And in the faces you see, you’ll see just who you’ve been
I wish I could have told you all

In this life like weeds, eyes need us to see
Hearts need us to bleed, in this life like weeds
You’re a rock to me
I know where you’re from, but where do you belong?
In this life like weeds, you’re the dirt I’ll breathe
In this life like weeds, you’re a rock to me
All this talking all the time and the air fills up, up, up
Until there’s nothing left to breathe
And you think you feel most everything
And we know that our hearts are just made out of strings
To be pulled, strings to be pulled
So you think you’ve figured out everything
But we know that our minds are just made out of strings
To be pulled, strings to be pulled
All this talking all the time and the air fills up, up, up
Until there’s nothing left to breathe
Up until there’s nothing left to speak
Up until the better parts of space

Modest Mouse is an American indie rock band formed in 1993 in the Seattle suburb of Issaquah, Washington. Like many famous bands, it all started in a basement, with Issac Brock (vocalist/guitarist), Eric Judy (bassist) and Jeremiah Green (drummer). And it’s only one year after the group was formed, that they presented their first self-titled single at Calvin Johnson’s Dub Narcotic Studios and released it on Johnson’s K Records label.

What inspired Modest Mouse the most to create their music, especially at the very beginning of the existence of the group, was the other group “The Pixies” and numerous other alternative rock and space rock bands.

The band chose its name based on 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”.

I first discovered Modest Mouse when I was visiting my parents in Arizona. My sister is a huge music buff(she attends SXSW every year) had brought us all custom personalized gifts. What I mean is- My parents got a beautiful wine and cheese gift basket and I got a modest mouse cd and the rest is history.

Then in 2000, Modest Mouse released the “Moon & Antarctica” album. Actually the first album after their signing with Sony (Epic Records). (including, among others, the song “Life like Weeds”).

The best album of Modest Mouse is “Good News for People Who Love Bad News”. Issac Brock made the biggest part of the songs of the album. Again, the great contrast between the music and the lyrics were confusing for the public, and it was a great success. It even became a Top 40 hit, and of course, their most popular album.

The band began a North American tour in June 2008. Modest Mouse finished its tour supporting We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank after two years of promoting the record. Soon after, Jim Fairchild replaced Marr as official guitarist after the latter left the band.

In an interview with Pitchfork Media on June 21st, 2010, Brock stated that the band spent the first half of the year working on songs for the next Modest Mouse album. In 2010, The Moon & Antarctica was re-released on vinyl.

In 2012, Modest Mouse underwent a significant lineup change, which included the departure of founding bassist Eric Judy replaced by Russell Higbee and the percussionist Joe Plummer, replaced by Davey Brozowski. The new lineup also included the additions of multi-instrumentalist and vocalist, Lisa Molinaro, and a second percussionist, Ben Massarella.

In the fall of 2014 Modest Mouse re-released their first two albums, This Is a Long Drive for Someone with Nothing to Think About and The Lonesome Crowded West, on CD and vinyl through Isaac Brock’s Glacial Pace record label. I was thrilled.

On March 17, 2015, eight years after the release of We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank, Modest Mouse released Strangers to Ourselves. Several years later when my brother was undergoing an alcohol treatment program available on the website,, we must have listened to Strangers to Ourselves a thousand times. Suffice to say that this particular program combines medication (baclofen) to remove cravings along with behavior changes via psychotherapy to rewire one’s habits are more successful than those old standard methods. Baclofen treatment does require titration (slow dose increase) until a person’s cravings are completely removed or controlled. It also has some side effects which usually disappear within a few days. When my brother started this new treatment he needed some distraction., and listening to Strangers to Ourselves did the trick. Thanks Modest Mouse for your music and thanks to Lifebac for helping my brother beat his excessive drinking demons.

BTW: Modest Mouse is still alive and well. Check out their website for tour dates:

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