Modest Mouse Drummer Jeremiah Green 1977 – 2022

The 45-year-old co-founding member of the band was recently diagnosed with cancer.

By Andy Kahn Jan 2, 2023 8:50 am PST

Modest Mouse drummer Jeremiah Green died on December 31, 2022, at age 45, according to a statement from the group. Green and the band recently revealed he was undergoing treatment for cancer.

Born in Oahu, Hawaii where his military father was stationed, Green later relocated to the Seattle area. In the early 1990s, Green, Isaac Brock and Eric Judy formed Modest Mouse in Issaquah, Washington. The band underwent several lineup changes over the years, with Green and Brock being the most consistent members.

Modest Mouse released their debut album, This Is a Long Drive for Someone with Nothing to Think About in 1996. Their sophomore effort, The Lonesome Crowded West, came out the following year. The band signed to Epic Records and released their next full-length album, The Moon & Antarctica. A previously shelved album recorded as a potential debut LP, Sad Sappy Sucker, was ultimately issued in 2001.

In 2003, while receiving treatment for bipolar disorder, Green left the band after a heated argument. Green did not participate in the recording of their 2004 album, Good News for People Who Love Bad News, which featured the popular single “Float On.” Later in 2004, Green reconciled with Brock and rejoined Modest Mouse, retaining membership through his death.

Green appeared on Modest Mouse’s subsequent albums, 2007’s We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank, 2015’s Strangers to Ourselves and 2021’s The Golden Casket.

Green was also part of the experimental psych-pop group Vells with Ryan Kraft and Tristan Marcum. Their debut album, Flight From Echo Falls, was recorded during his hiatus from Modest Mouse and came out in 2004. Green and Marcum also contributed recordings by Psychic Emperor.

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