Green co-founded Modest Mouse with Team Leader Isaac Brock And a guitarist Eric Goody in Washington in the early 1990s. As the band was in its infancy, he also performed with local groups Satisfact and red star theory. Humble Mouse’s first album, This is a long journey for someone who has nothing to think about, which was released in 1996, and is now considered a classic fan favourite. In a 2014 retrospective review for Pitchfork, Brian Howe wrote, “From the outset, Humble Mouse was instantly recognizable: Judy Robbie’s bass and Green’s drums, which range from caveman to disco skip, are indispensable for the squishy, moody sound”.
Humble Mouse’s sophomore album, Crowded Wild Westattracting more attention to the Washingtonians and the group He toured to celebrate his 25th anniversary in 2022. Due to the success of the record, Modest Mouse moved from Seattle Indie App Records to major label Epic, which released 2000’s Moon and Antarctica. Another triumph, it became the band’s first album to chart Billboard 200 chartdebuted and peaked at No. 120. It was also the hit record Mossadegh went from RIAA.
The band’s fourth album, Good news for those who like bad newswas more successful and included the popular song “Float On”, but the LP did not feature Green, who temporarily left Modest Mouse in 2003 for what was described as a “nervous breakdown”. However, Green’s absence informed the direction of the album, and was part of the inspiration for the hit song as well, as stated by Isaac Brock in a 2004 interview with av club. Years later, in a 2021 interview with NMEGreene reflected on a hiatus from Modest Mouse: