For songwriter Isaac Brock, working to keep up with the ingenuity and creative musical landscapes Modest Mouse is known for is a tough task. Fighting periods of creative lapses, writer's block and the obligatory walls that keep artists separated from their creative muses has been a story as old as time. With renewed vigor and a Grammy nominated album, he's proven that he has what it takes to make the ever so sought after comeback. Including abrupt stops and playful lyrics, Modest Mouse teases its listeners, daring them to grow outside the general bounds of conventional music definition.
As indie-rock cornerstones for many years, 2004 has proved to be their breakthrough year. Modest success is the one way to describe their careers before Grammy nominated album Good News For People Who Love Bad News, with its hit single 'Float On'. Maintaining their whimsical approach to controversial subjects, Brock paints ugly topics beautifully, reveling in its irony.
Starting with early records such as 1996's This is a Long Drive for Someone With Nothing to Think About, Modest Mouse continued their recordings into Interstate 8 EP, The Moon and Anarctica, Everywhere and His Nasty Parlor Tricks EP until finally reaching nationwide airplay with Good News. Nissan used their song 'Gravity Rides Everything' in one of their commercials last year, followed by endorsements for MGD. Little seems left to hold back this Issaquah, Washington quartet. While continuing to recruit and inspire listeners, let's hope this creative well never runs dry.
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