Drummer and co-founder of the popular rock band Modest Mouse, Jeremiah Green, passed away on New Year's Eve at the age of 45 after a battle with cancer. The news of Green's death was announced on the band's official Facebook page, where they wrote, "I don't know a way to ease into this: Today we lost our dear friend Jeremiah.
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."
Green's cancer diagnosis had been announced just a few days earlier by the band, who wrote, "Jeremiah was diagnosed with cancer a short while ago, and he's currently in treatment.
It seems to be going smoothly and making a positive difference. Jeremiah, as am I, are believers in the power of positive energy, so if you would be so kind as to send 'good vibes' (to quote Jeremiah) in the direction of Jeremiah and his family, that'd be great."
Green, along with lead singer and guitarist Isaac Brock and bassist Eric Judy, founded Modest Mouse in 1992 in Washington.
Green left the band briefly in 2003, but later rejoined and had been recording and touring with the group in the years since. In addition to his work with Modest Mouse, Green played with various other bands including Vells, Satisfact, Red Stars Theory, and Peeved.
He was highly regarded as a talented drummer in the indie rock music scene, and was included on Stylus Magazine's list of the top 50 best rock drummers at No. 37. Modest Mouse's current lineup includes Brock, Tom Peloso, Russell Higbee, Ben Massarella, and Simon O'Connor.
The band has released seven studio albums, beginning with 1996's "This Is a Long Drive for Someone With Nothing to Think About," and has produced popular songs such as "Float On," "Ocean Breathes Salty," "Dashboard," and "Lampshades on Fire." Their most recent album, "The Golden Casket," was released on June 25, 2021.
Green's death is a significant loss for the music community and for the band, who will no doubt feel the absence of their co-founder and talented drummer.