Jeremiah Green, the founding member and drummer of the American rock band Modest Mouse, passed away on Saturday after being recently diagnosed with cancer.
“I don’t know any way to ease this: Today we lost our dear friend Jeremiah,” Modest Mouse wrote on his Instagram account. “He lay down to rest and just faded away”.
Last week, frontman Isaac Brock confirmed that Green was “diagnosed with cancer a while back” without going into specifics of his condition. It was also said that Green had pulled out of the tour because he had stage 4 cancer and was undergoing chemotherapy.
Green, 45, helped found the post-grunge outfit in Washington state in the early nineties, but he soon became a part of the less abrasive Portland, Oregon, music scene.
Her staple, songs described by Spin magazine in 2000 as “about being stranded in boom-time America”, earned her an “indie torch-bearer”. Green and Brock originally met on the way to a free lunch sponsored by a group of followers of the Hare Krishna movement.
The magazine described the band as something of a rarity – “a charismatic rock band from the pure Upper North-West indie scene”. The article described the mice other than Brock as “quieter than Belle and Sebastian’s doorbell”.
Green told the magazine, “I would rather hide than be the center of attention.”
As their name suggests, they came from modest beginnings, and rehearsed their music in a shed. In 1996, the band released This Is a Long Drive for Someone With Nothing to Think About and, a year later, the album generally regarded as their best, The Lonesome Crowded West.
It was not until 2004’s Good News for People Who Love Bad News that Modest Mouse broke through to the mainstream. Although Green was not on that album, and Modest Mouse went through several lineup changes, he was a consistent member.