Founder and drummer of Modest Mouse, Jeremiah Green, dies at 45

Jeremiah Green

Co-founder and drummer for the rock band Modest Mouse, Jeremiah Green, passed on Saturday night after a battle with cancer, the band revealed. He was 45.

“Today we lost our beloved buddy Jeremiah,” the band announced on its official Facebook page shortly before the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve. “He lay down to rest and quietly passed away. I wish I could say a lot of nice things right now, but the time is not appropriate. These will arrive later and from numerous sources. Please value the love you give, receive, have given, and will receive. Jeremiah was foremost about love. We love you.”

A few days earlier, Modest Mouse disclosed Green’s stage four cancer diagnosis: “Jeremiah was recently diagnosed with cancer and is presently undergoing treatment. It appears to be proceeding smoothly and having a beneficial impact. Jeremiah and I both believe in the power of positive energy, therefore it would be greatly appreciated if you could send “good vibes” (to paraphrase Jeremiah) to Jeremiah and his family.

Green co-founded Modest Mouse in 1992 with singer and lead guitarist Isaac Brock and bassist Eric Judy, who left the group in 2012. In 2003, the drummer momentarily quit Modest Mouse, but he rejoined and has been recording and touring with the band ever since. Prior to joining Modest Mouse, he was a member of the bands Vells, Satisfact, Red Stars Theory, and Peeved. The music publication Stylus Magazine ranked him 37th among the top 50 best rock drummers.

The current lineup of Modest Mouse consists of Brock, Tom Peloso, Russell Higbee, Ben Massarella, and Simon O’Connor. The band has released seven studio albums, beginning with “This Is a Long Drive for Someone With Nothing to Think About” in 1996, featuring notable songs such as “Float On,” “Ocean Breathes Salty,” “Dashboard,” and “Lampshades on Fire.” “The Golden Casket,” their most recent album, was released on June 25, 2021.