"One of the more unexpected mainstream success stories of the 2000s was Modest Mouse. More than a decade after the arty Pacific Northwest indie-rock band formed, its sixth album, Good News for People Who Love Bad News, reached Number 18 on the Billboard 200, thanks in part to its Number One Modern Rock single "Float On." The band's 2007 follow-up, We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank, topped the album chart and made Modest Mouse unlikely rock stars.
Issac Brock (b. July 9, 1975, Issaquah, Washington), the band's singer, songwriter and guitarist, grew up poor in suburban Washington, moving from relative to relative before quitting school at sixteen. Inspired by the rock scene in his home state that spawned Nirvana and Screaming Trees, he formed Modest Mouse in the early Nineties and began rehearsing in a shed near his mother's mobile home. In 1996, the group released its debut album, This Is a Long Drive for Someone With Nothing to Think About, on the independent label Up Records. It was followed the next year by The Lonesome Crowded West, which featured Modest Mouse's core membership of Brock, bassist Eric Judy and drummer Jeremiah Green. That album generated a buzz on the underground music scene for its dark, pessimistic lyrics centering on America's suburban underbelly, and music that jumps from angular punk to gentle, country-ish dirges. (Another album, The Fruit That Ate Itself, an experimental one-off for the tiny indie label K Records, also came out in 1997.) Modest Mouse signed with major label Epic Records and in 1999 released The Moon & Antarctica, which sold moderately well but garnered strong reviews.
Between 1999 and 2002, Brock was beset by legal troubles including a DUI conviction. In the interim, K records put out Sad Sappy Sucker (2001), a collection of embryonic Modest Mouse tracks dating back to 1994. Good News for People Who Love Bad News arrived in 2004. For 2007's We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank, the group recruited former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr, who also toured with the band. As of 2008, Modest Mouse planned to tour with R.E.M. and complete a new EP." Rolling Stone