Posted at 12:00 AM ET, 07/30/2007

Making It Big With Modest Mouse

Modest Mouse has experienced its share of turmoil over the years -- arrests, nervous breakdowns, you name it - but it's been one success story after another lately. In the '90s, the trio's agitated, aggressive songs, highlighted by singer/guitarist Isaac Brock's distinctive howl, made them indie rock favorites. But the group (now a sextet) is long past underground darling status now. The appropriately buoyant "Float On," from 2004's "Good News for People Who Love Bad News," was a legit breakthrough hit and this year's "We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank" debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard charts. And in one of the stranger lineup additions in recent rock history, Modest Mouse just welcomed former Smiths axeman Johnny Marr into the fold. David Malitz, Music Producer for washingtonpost.com, talked to Isaac Brock in advance of the band's appearance Saturday at Virgin Festival.

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