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After Clear Static and Protocol comes another glammed up electro-pop band presenting '80s throwback material. The Modern celebrates both style and substance on the re-release of their single "Industry" (out on March 6). The British quintet first hit the music scene late 2005 with their debut single "Jane Falls Down" on Vertigo Records. The group is currently wrapping the recording of their debut album together with producer Stephen Hague (Pet Shop Boys, OMD, Erasure).

Founded by Nic Linn and Chi Tudor-Hart, the ambitious group takes its inspiration from some of the great synth-pop artists from the past. "People are finally seeing how influential bands like The Cure, XTC and Joy Division were, bands that were guitar driven but were also pop," says main vocalist Linn on the group's website. "We want to combine the electroclash, synth pop, edgy guitar image and production values with pop songs that people latch onto. In the Eighties, pop was interesting. The Cure appealed to angsty teenagers but they could also be on the cover of Smash Hits. There just isn't that kind of crossover band any more."

Muscially, the group's boy/girl vocals, crisp melodies and new wave-ish synth pop mostly invoke memories of Human League. The critics have been rough on the group for their lack of originality, but as a child of the '80s I welcome groups that celebrate our pop heritage and bring it back into vogue with modern production techniques, fierce fashion and dancefloor-ready hooks. (Thanks to Rich for his suggestion.) (Click here to download The Modern songs from 7Digital.)

Listen to The Modern "Industry"
Watch The Modern "Jane Falls Down"

February 21, 2006 in Audio & Video Stream | Permalink

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OMG I wrote a post this weekend about them that is just like this,but hadn't posted it yet. We really do think alike and you always get there first!

This group is the real deal b/c they don't have that male vocalist that sounds like every other Green Day influenced male vocalist. They sound of the time. Berlin, Missing Persons, Madonna (old school).

Posted by: xolondon at Feb 21, 2006 5:18:56 AM

I like "industry" - kinda has that anime theme song sound. Interested to see what else they can come up with working with stephen hague.

Posted by: mikster at Feb 21, 2006 11:28:58 AM

"Industry" is the "Song of the Week" at FM104 here in Dublin this week. It's damn catchy, but good gravy are these guys ever hard to find in a Google search! :)

Posted by: Ryan Waddell at Feb 24, 2006 2:57:36 AM

I LOVE The Modern!!! I think Industry is a wicked track and their website is style is just as good as the music. Took me ages to find their website. www.the-modern.co.uk

Posted by: Josh at Feb 27, 2006 1:39:14 AM

I liked it the first time I heard it then realized that it's just a rehash of something that was done better twenty years ago.

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