Modest Mouse

The name of the indie rock band Modest Mouse, nestled in Issaquah, Washington supposedly is based on a short story by English writer Virginia Woolf.
Inspiration for band name Modest Mouse - Modest Mussorgsky - Russian composer

In The Mark on the Wall (1925) Woolf does draw the comparison between humans and mice:

'I wish I could hit upon a pleasant track of thought, a track indirectly reflecting credit upon myself, for those are the pleasantest thoughts, and very frequent even in the minds of modest mousecoloured people, who believe genuinely that they dislike to hear their own praises.'

There is another explanation however, one in which the band name is attributed to a shortening of the name of Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky.

Active: 1993-present, USA

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