Modest Mouse founding member and drummer Jeremiah Green dies at 45

Jeremy Green, one of the founding members of Modest Mouse and the band’s drummer, died of cancer on Saturday, the band confirmed on social media. He was 45 years old.

Modest Mouse posted a loving tribute to his teammate on Instagram, writing, “Today we lost our dear friend Jeremiah. He lay down to rest and just passed out.”

“Please appreciate all the love you give, receive, have given and will receive. First and foremost, Jeremiah was all about love,” the band wrote.

Just four days ago, the band revealed Green’s cancer diagnosis on their official platforms, writing that her cancer treatment appeared to be “going smoothly and making a positive difference”. His mother, Carol Namatame, also asked fans at Christmas to send “healing vibes” to her “strong” and “brave” son, who was diagnosed with stage IV cancer, she said.

Green was a founding member of indie rock band Modest Mouse, alongside frontman Isaac Brock and bassist Eric Judy. The trio formed in early 1992 in Issaquah, Washington, and released their debut album in 1996 on Seattle-based independent label Up Records.

They release their third album, The Moon & Antarctica, on Epic Records, a label owned by Sony Music Entertainment, in 2000, but did not find mainstream success until 2004’s Good News For People Who Like Bad News. The album’s lead single and arguably the band’s biggest hit, “Float On,” topped the Billboard Alternative charts and was nominated for a Grammy for Best Rock Song in 2005.

Green briefly parted ways with the band during this time, returning before the end of 2004, making Good News the only album he did not play on, according to Rolling Stone.

The band’s latest album, their seventh studio work, was released in June 2021. In November, they announced an upcoming tour for the 25th anniversary of their second album, The lonely crowded West. At the time, Green took a break from chemotherapy, according to Rolling Stone.

Former Modest Mouse member Johnny Marr posted a tribute on Twitterwriting “The great Jeremiah Green. My friend, a band member and the most creative musician I’ve ever met”, alongside an old photo of Green.

Green is survived by his wife, Lauren Green, and their son, Wilder.

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