'Take dead aim on the rich boys. Get them in the crosshairs and take them down. Just remember, they can buy anything but they can't buy backbone. Don't let them forget it. Thank you.' "They're like Manchester meets New York circa 1983 or 2003, but on a West Coast surfer tip." -jon best, lead singer of million dollar itch. It is easy to describe the sound that Modern has achieved by comparing it to other bands. You could say there is some Queens of the Stone Age in there. You could see an Interpol influence. Maybe it is the Weezer power chords or the Strokes-esque staccato that catches your ear. There is a little New Order or Joy Division or Morrissey or Buddy Holly, maybe even some Beach Boys mixed in. Whatever it is you hear in a Modern song, there is one thing everyone can agree on. It sounds like Modern. Modern began as the brain child of Patrick Vigil and Patrick Sullivan in the beginning of 2003 in Berkeley California. The two were roommates and were messing around with some songs that Vigil had written. One day at a bar in the Rockridge district of Oakland, Vigil and Sullivan were trying to come up with a name for their band. They both agreed that what they wanted to create was something that would always be relevant, up to date, current, and timeless. The word "Modern" was agreed upon after a round of Guinness and thus our story begins. With Vigil writing the lyrics and music and Sullivan laying out the musical blueprint for the tracks, the band added Jerome Tankersley and had their producer Steve Beachem play drums for a 3 song demo. Recorded in 2003, the tracks "Shit Like This," "Take This Away," and "White Face" were the bands first EP. Buzz started early for the band as copies of the demo leaked out through friends. As interest from a few top notch labels and solid support from the local scene gave Modern some momentum, Modern hit there first snag. Tension between Vigil and Sullivan had been mounting during recording of the demo and things came to a head in late 2003, leaving Modern on hold. It seemed Modern might be done for good. But after a chance meeting in a San Francisco nightclub and a year and a half hiatus, the two patricks spent a night talking about music and friendship. The tide had changed and modern was back in gear. After a couple of rough jams with producer Steve Beachem on drums, the band decided that it was time to continue what they had started in 2003. With Steve Beachem signing on to produce, the band need to find a new drummer and a lead guitar player. Jason Howland, one of Sullivan's past band mates who had always been a supporter of the Modern project, was agreed upon to take lead guitar duties for the band. Sullivan then asked drummer and friend Robbie Jones to sit in on some Modern practices, but after the first jam, it was clear that Jones was the man for the job. The major pieces were now in place and principle recording began at Butter Bar Studios in San Francisco on September 1st, 2005. Modern is - Patrick / Gtrs & Vox - Patrick / Bass - Jason / Gtrs - Robby / Drums - Jeremy / Keys - Contact & Booking Info @ 415-730-4970 - Email @ email@example.com.