Isaac Brock (musician)
Infobox musical artist
Name = Isaac K. Brock
Img_capt = Performing in
Background = solo_singer
Born = birth date and age|1975|7|9
Years_active = 1993 – Present
Vocals Guitar Ukulele Piano BanjoFreak Beak
Label = Epic
Modest Mouse Ugly Casanova
Isaac Brock (born on
July 9, 1975) is the lead singer, guitarist, banjoist, and songwriter for the American indie rockband Modest Mouse, as well as his side project band, Ugly Casanova. He currently resides in Portland, Oregon. His style is notable for his word play, lyrical themes, intense performances, vocal pitching, rhythm, guitar scratching, and unique, lisp-tinged voice.
During his childhood, Brock and his mother moved around in different offshoot circles throughout the
Pacific Northwest. Around this time, Brock's mother left his father for his father's brother. Brock was home-schooled for part of his school career. [Doran, Bob. " [http://www.humboldtmusic.com/panache/interviews/modestmouse.htm A Conversation with Isaac Brock] ," Panache Magazine. Retrieved April 12, 2007.] When his mother's house flooded she was forced to move in to her new husband's trailer where there was no room for Brock, so he stayed behind. He lived on the second floor of the flooded home until he was evicted by the police. After a period of living in a friend's basement, he moved into a shed he built on the land next to his mother and stepfather's trailor. It was there that he, Eric Judy(bass) and Jeremiah Green(drums) first started practicing music together.cite news
title=Modest Mouse Roar
date=July 14, 2004
Despite having written several songs with religious themes, Brock describes himself as "not really religious at all" and that "I'm 100 percent on the whole Christianity thing being a crock of shit, pretty much." He claims to "toy around with the whole Biblical thing, just as amazing characters."
He has addressed his substance abuse in the song "The Good Times Are Killing Me", and says that most drugs are "just something I kind of have to fight... I just try and make sure that it's not around, or I'm not around it."
Brock is a former
A&Rman for the record label Sub Pop; his most notable accomplishment with them was signing Wolf Paradein 2004. [cite web
title=Apologies to the Queen Mary
Brock is currently engaged to Naheed Simjee, who helps run his record label, Glacial Pace.
Brock has said he doesn't mind the Grateful Dead, but does not like Deadheads. [cite web | url=http://www.rollingstone.com/artists/modestmouse/articles/story/13712527/qa_and_exclusive_audio_isaac_brock | title="Q&A: Isaac Brock" | author=Scaggs, Austin | publisher=Rolling Stone | date=2007-03-22 | accessdate=2008-07-17]
In October, 2005, Brock started his own record label called Glacial Pace. The label is a subsidiary of
Epic Records, Modest Mouse's current record label. The label's first signing was Minnesota singer-songwriter, Mason Jennings. Naheed Simjee, Brock's fiancee, is the current general manager.
Accusation of rape
In March, 1999, a 19-year-old woman filed a police report accusing Brock of rape. [cite news
title=Rape Case in Limbo
publisher=The Stranger] Charges were never pressed, and Brock maintains his innocence.cite news
title=Modest Mouse interview
The A.V. Club
date=April 7, 2004
accessdate=2007-01-02] In an interview with "
The A.V. Club", he claimed: cquote|It's an allegation that was withdrawn, and of course that didn't get any press. It was complete and utter bullshit, and the whole situation was so complicated that it's hard for me to go into lots of detail. At the time, I figured I'd just shut up and give this young lady enough rope to hang herself, you know? It fucked up my life once, and I'd prefer to just let it go.... Before this all happened, I never believed that anyone would lie about rape. That was my stance: No one lies about this shit. It really made me have to adjust my entire view of people, politics, and my own personal politics. I used to be like, "Kill rapists!" And all of a sudden I have this false allegation against me. I remember totally writing people off that I'd heard had even been in just awkward sexual situations with girls, like "That guy's a fucking prick, I'll never talk to him again." It was weird being on the receiving end of that. A friend of mine who's actually friends with that girl recently told me that she had totally withdrawn having said anything. I only just found out about that myself in the last six months. I knew that basically everyone, up to and including the police, was like, "This is bullshit." This person changed her story depending on who she was talking to. It was really just this fucked-up, weird thing.|30px|30px|Isaac Brock|"The A.V. Club"
DUI, attempted murder charge, jail time
In various interviews Brock stated that he served a 10 day stint in jail in
Niagara County, New Yorkon an attempted murder charge related to a DUI incident in Oregon. According to Brock, he was driving along when he was passed a whippet of nitrous oxide. When he tried to inhale some, he lost control of the car and crashed it. During the crash his friend dislocated her thumb, which meant, under Oregon law, that because the injury was sustained due to a DUI, the charge was elevated to attempted murder, "which looks pretty bad on paper."cite news
title=Modest Mouse Roar
date=July 14, 2004
accessdate=2006-01-02] [ [http://arts.guardian.co.uk/filmandmusic/story/0,,2029089,00.html Wanted: one world-famous guitarist | | Guardian Unlimited Arts ] ]
In his interview with "The A.V. Club", Brock described his short jail time:
* [http://www.modestmousemusic.com Official Modest Mouse Website]
* [http://www.glacialpace.com Glacial Pace Recordings]
* [http://www.spin.com/articles/video-vault-modest-mouses-isaac-brock Spin.com "Video Vault: Modest Mouse's Isaac Brock"]
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