Eric Judy

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Eric Scott Judy (born November 16, 1974) was the bass guitarist, founding member, and occasional backing vocalist of the indie rock band Modest Mouse. He has a wife and two children, and resides in Seattle, Washington.[1]

After meeting Isaac Brock and Jeremiah Green, the three began jamming in a provisional home next to Brock's mother's trailer. They met when Brock approached Judy, who was wearing an Econochrist shirt, and said "Econochrist sucks".[citation needed] Judy moved north and the three were unable to continue making music. However, Brock and Judy sent phone messages to each other with song ideas and guitar riffs. The three were reunited when Judy moved back, and went on to form Modest Mouse.

On the album The Moon & Antarctica, producer Brian Deck used Judy's direction at various times as guidance for additional sonic sounds and fills. Onstage, Judy plays Fender and Rickenbacker bass guitars, as well as the double bass.[1] He also plays the pump organ and the acoustic guitar on Good News for People Who Love Bad News. Judy plays guitar on "The World at Large", "Bukowski", and "Satin in a Coffin", with Tom Peloso playing upright bass on the latter two of these songs. He also does some background vocals on live performances of songs such as "Ocean Breathes Salty".

Judy has a son, named Milo, who supplied the cooing on track twelve of Good News For People Who Love Bad News, aptly titled "Interlude (Milo)".

During a Modest Mouse Japanese tour, a band looking for a name approached Judy and asked him to name their band. Judy, who was intoxicated at the time, wrote down Ogre You Asshole and said “How about this?”. Years later, the name stuck. When the band met them again years later, Judy did not recall the event.[2]

In a 2011 interview, Judy mentioned that he was looking forward to spending more time with his family. In early 2012, Eric Judy retired his duties in Modest Mouse. He was replaced by Russell Higbee. One of Higbee's first large scale performances with the band was at the Metallica hosted heavy metal festival Orion Music + More on June 23, 2012 to a somewhat befuddled audience.

Other Work[edit]

Judy appeared on Adam Forkner’s first solo album in 2003.[3] He also is a member of Brock's side project Ugly Casanova.

Personal life[edit]

He has not performed live with the band since 11/10/11 and it is rumored he has left the band to raise his children.[4]

Eric Judy grew up in Half Moon Bay, California.

Playing style[edit]

Judy is known for his atmospheric, sustained and yet reserved sound, which complements the often irregular and abrasive guitar work of Brock.[citation needed] He usually plays the middle to high ranges on his bass. He also uses a pick.

In an interview with Bass Player online, Judy described his playing style: "I don't do anything that weird, but I don't think my playing is conventional. I pick the strings pretty hard, using a lot of upstrokes. I know that as a bass player I'm supposed to hold stuff down no matter what, but melody is very important to me—I tend to play high up on the neck."[5]


  1. ^ a b "Eric Judy". 
  2. ^ Scanlon, Tom (2007-04-13). "Modest Mouse Band of Mellow Mice". The Seattle Times. Retrieved 2012-03-27. 
  3. ^ "Adam Forkner- VVRSSNN CD". CD Universe. Retrieved 2012-03-27. 
  4. ^ "Modest Mouse - Poison The Well Live 11/10/11". 
  5. ^ "Eric Judy, Jimmy Leslie". Retrieved 2011-07-15.