Jeremiah Green, the founding drummer of Modest Mouse as they exploded into the mainstream in 2004 with their massive smash hit song “Float On”, has passed away at the age of 45. The band announced just days prior that Green had stage 4 cancer.
Before Green’s immediately recognizable drumbeat propped up the hit song “Float On”, Modest Mouse carried on the tradition of indie rock vanguards like Pavement and Talking Heads on records like The Lonesome Crowded West, before moving to a major label with 2000’s The Moon And Antarctica. Four years later, the band would emerge with their mainstream hit album Good News For People Who Love Bad News, which carried a more positive and uplifting tone than their previous work. Green’s buoyant drumming played a large part in the album earning a Grammy nomination in 2005. Modest Mouse’s Isaac Brock also stated about Green’s passing, saying “He laid down to rest and simply faded out. I’d like to say a bunch of pretty words right now, but it just isn’t the time. These will come later, and from many people. Please appreciate all the love you give, get, have given, and will get. Above all, Jeremiah was about love. We love you.”