THE MODERN SAVAGE
THE MODERN SAVAGE
OUT JANUARY 27TH, 2017
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There is a fervor swarming around The Modern Savage. Based in Anchorage, Alaska this impassioned quintet formed in 2011. They have a deep connection to Alaska; a remote, sparsely populated, and unlikely place for a rock band with worldwide aspirations to call home. Those challenges have become the foundation upon which The Modern Savage has built their success. Alaska’s isolation has lead to unbound creativity and agency that continues to thrive and evolve.
The band is led by singer Jenni May Toro, an indomitable force, who at one moment offers up performances that are poetically intimate and at the next relentlessly ferocious. The unique sound of The Modern Savage can be attributed to their varied influences ranging from Post Punk and New Wave, to 90's Indie and Hardcore. The sound emanating from The Modern Savage is electric, thrilling, and emotive. Stylistically, the band has been compared to PJ Harvey, Interpol, and Metric. “The Modern Savage bridged Cyndi Lauper and Ra Ra Riot with sturdy cables.” - Jeff Weiss, Spin Magazine. Their songs fluctuate between confessional and tender to raw and explosive, mixing high energy indie pop, with melodic and crushing punk rock.
The Modern Savage has played sold out shows throughout Alaska, developing a reputation for live performances that electrify audiences into a frenzied mania. For five years in a row, readers of the Anchorage Press have named them the "Best Indie Band" in Anchorage. The readers are not alone. Despite not yet touring outside of their home state, The Modern Savage is gaining national attention. Among other notable acts, they’ve shared the stage with Jane’s Addiction, Foster the People, Silversun Pickups, Owl City, and K. Flay. They have been featured in Spin Magazine and highlighted in American Hipster Presents. The Modern Savage is rarified. “I like everything; songs, performance, look, nuance, vibe, and power.” - Jeff Castelaz, Elektra Records
Their new album, Unwilling Participants, (independently released 1/27/17) is their fourth release and second full-length effort. It was produced, recorded, and mixed by Brooklyn’s James Frazee (Beck, Patti Smith, Sharon van Etten, Esperanza Spalding). It was influenced by the presence of duality in our lives. The light and dark moments aren’t exclusive, they bleed together and have an equal weight in the story. There are no villains. There are no heroes. This album depicts the grief of a marriage ending, the vulnerability in knowing you can’t always be in control, falling in love, and letting go. Unwilling Participants is not only more cohesive than previous efforts, it has grown up. This disarming collection is a natural progression for the musicians. It pulls you from the sidelines and thrusts you into a story that keeps growing. The Modern Savage is not scared of anything, and we’re listening.