Exclusive Audio: Modest Mouse's Isaac Brock

March 7, 2007 5:12 PM ET

Modest Mouse's Isaac Brock spoke to our Austin Scaggs on the eve of the band's new album release, We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank (out March 20th). He covered a lot of territory, including his new bandmate Johnny Marr, Deadheads and how an unauthorized Modest Mouse biography might read.

On Johnny Marr's tips for quitting smoking.

On Brock's reserved hatred for dirty hippies.

On punk-ass "biographers."

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