Drummer Jeremiah Green, one of the founding members of Modest Mouse, an indie rock band that achieved mainstream fame in the early 2000s, died Saturday.
His family, who confirmed his death on Facebook, said the cause was cancer.
The band took to Instagram just days after bandmate Isaac Brock shared the news that Mr. Green had cancer and was undergoing treatment, Mr. Green “layed down and rested and simply faded away.” said.
Green’s mother, Carol Namatame, said on Facebook over Christmas that Green had Stage 4 cancer. She didn’t specify the type of cancer.
Mr. Green was one of the founding members of Modest Mouse, a band formed in Issaquah, Washington, in the 1990s. Some of the band’s hit singles include “Ocean Breathes Salty,” “Dashboard,” and “Float On.” These became his ubiquitous pop anthems and were sampled by the rapper in his Lupe Fiasco song “The Show Goes On.”
Known for a wide range of textured sounds, from moody and experimental to airy pop, Modest Mouse will release their final album, The Golden Casket, in 2021. This was his first album in six years for the band.
In its review, Pitchfork called the album “a procession of pinging, clacking, echoing tactile pleasures, an inventive blend of Isaac Bullock’s familiar forced optimism and unforced paranoia.” background.”
In a 2020 interview on the “Never Meet Your Idols” podcast, Green said he lives in Port Townsend, Washington, in the Pacific Northwest.
He talked about how he happened to start playing drums as a child, recalling how jealous his brother was after receiving a bass. Mr. Green’s family then gifted him with a drum set.
“We both really wanted to play music,” said Green, adding that he and his brother started listening to punk rock at a young age. “I don’t know why I chose drums.”
He cited early percussive influences like Brendan Canty of the band Fugazi and Bill Ward of Black Sabbath. He said he considers Smith’s former guitarist Johnny Marr, who both shaped his style and later joined Modest Mouse, to be one of his musical idols.
upon twitter On Sunday, Ma said Green was “a friend, a bandmate and the most creative musician I’ve ever met.”
A complete list of Mr. Green’s survivors was not immediately available.