The Must List

Modest Mouse

Indie-rock band behind the hit single ''Float On'' -- Modest Mouse -- The Must List 2004

AGE 14
MUSTWORTHINESS After a slow, steady build, the indie-rock band has a hit single (the dreamy stop-and-go anthem ''Float On''), a video on MTV, and critics -- who can't get enough of the band's fourth album, ''Good News for People Who Love Bad News'' -- tucked in its pocket. Why won't 28-year-old singer Isaac Brock (upper right) indulge in a little ego stroke?
HOW HE MAINTAINS MODESTY ''We started the band when we were teens,'' says Brock of the group, which also includes Eric Judy, Benjamin Weikel, and Dann Gallucci. ''So, thankfully, it's too late to get bigheaded.''
ON OUTSIDE SOURCES OF VALIDATION ''I'd be as happy if the new record sold 10 billion copies as I would if it sold zero copies. Okay, okay, there's a bit of bulls -- - there. I'd be unhappy if it was a real stinkeroo.''
EARLY INSPIRATION ''When I first started playing music, I would have been happy to sound just like the Pixies. Thank God I never pulled that off.''
ON HIS MUST LIST Anything by Tom Robbins.
NEXT A slot on Lollapalooza starting July 14.

Originally posted Jun 25, 2004 Published in issue #771-772 Jun 25, 2004 Order article reprints