The 5 bands like Modest Mouse are all indie bands that range from being based out of the US, UK and Canada. The bands like Modest Mouse have some ties that bind them, including touring, side bands and lead singer Isaac Brock signing them to Sub Pop. Modest Mouse has a unique sound mixed with the unique vocal styling of Isaac Brock that is hard to match, but these five bands come close.
- Franz Ferdinand. Franz Ferdinand is so much like Modest Mouse that people often get confused with which band has which song. Forming in 2002 out of Glasgow, United Kingdom, Franz Ferdinand played an important part in the post-punk revival of the 2000's. Their second single, "Take Me Out," rose the band to success in 2004, and is off their self-titled debut album. Both Modest Mouse and Franz Ferdinand rose to commercial fame in 2004, and the 2004 Modest Mouse song "Float On" sounds a lot like "Take Me Out." As of 2010, Franz Ferdinand has released three studio albums that have charted highly on UK and US Billboard and seventeen singles.
Neutral Milk Hotel. Formed in 1990, Neutral Milk Hotel is a band like Modest Mouse that was formed by singer, guitarist and songwriter Jeff Mangum. Neutral Milk Hotel released their first full length album in 1996 titled, "On Avery Island" on indie label Merge. The band's last released album was 1998's
"In the Aeroplane over the Sea" which sold over 141,000 copies on indie label Merge. The band is on an indefinite hiatus in 1999, but Jeff Mangum still tours and does solo shows of Neutral Milk Hotel. If you are a fan of Modest Mouse, check out Neutral Milk Hotel's two albums because it sounds like them.
- Ugly Casanova. This American band is a side project of Modest Mouse singer, Isaac Brock and Holopaw member, John Orth; initially, however, the band’s origins were a mystery. The band is so much like Modest Mouse because two "U.C." tracks titled "Baby’s Clean Conscience" and "Parasites" have appeared as unreleased Modest Mouse demos from their 1993 “Paracite Sessions.” The lead singer of Modest Mouse and Ugly Casanova, Brock admitted he created the pseudonym to “escape having to do interviews,” but Modest Mouse’s 1996 EP "The Fruit That Ate Itself" was credited to the production company Ugly Casanova.
Built to Spill. Built to Spill is like Modest Mouse because they are an important influence musically for Modest Mouse. The indie rock band Built to Spill formed in 1992 and is best known for its catchy guitar hooks and the unique voice of frontman Doug Martsch. Built to Spill produced its first major label release in 1997 with "Perfect From Now On." Their 2009 album, "There Is No Enemy," reached #50 on the US Billboard chart, and was the band's seventh full-length studio album. If you like Modest Mouse's album, "The Lonesome Crowded West," then check out Built to Spill's 1994 album, "There's Nothing Wrong With Love," because they have similar sounds.
- Wolf Parade. Forming in 2003 out of Victoria BC, Canada, Wolf Parade is an indie rock band that was signed to Sub Pop by Isaac Brock of Modest Mouse. Wolf Parade is like Modest Mouse because in 2004, Isaac Brock helped record their self-titled EP, which has Modest Mouse influence. In September 2005, their debut album, "Apologies to the Queen Mary," was released, which was titled after the Queen Mary hotel they trashed. Wolf Parade released their most recent album "Expo 86" in 2010, on Sub Pop Records. The album became a critical and commercial success for the indie band.