Vancouver’s Mode Moderne has been balancing black-nail-polish gloom and indie-pop accessibility since it put out its debut LP, Ghosts Emerging, in 2009. That was followed by the group’s first release for Light Organ Records, the “Real Goths / Undiscovered Country” single, in 2011, and the seven song mini-album Strange Bruises in 2012, earning praise from the likes of Pitchfork and NME. Since then the band, consisting of Phillip Intilé, Clint Lofkrantz and Sean Gilhooly, has worked hard building a following, with tours in the U.S., U.K. and Mexico.
Mode Moderne recorded their new album, Mode IV, with producer Felix Fung in their hometown, Vancouver. The new LP boasts some of singer Intilé’s most bitingly sardonic lyrics to date. He sets the tone with the album’s opening lines: “No sir / I’m not the one to lick my wounds / And come undone / While you are having all the fun / I’m not a violent man / But I’d love to scuttle all your ships / And watch you as your trousers rip.”
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