Modernage “Creatures”

By One Track Mind on Wednesday, May 13th, 2009  |  13,782 views

Indie Rock

Modernage “Creatures” Modernage “Creatures”

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Miami’s Modernage sound very much of their time, which is to say that instead of sounding like the usual press release influences (e.g. Joy Division), the band’s sound is far more reminiscent of contemporaries like Bloc Party and Interpol. On “Creatures,” this means that Modernage’s sound can be read in one of two ways: either as somewhat creatively deficient or, conversely, as familiar and instantly enjoyable.

For my money, the case is more the latter than the former. Sure, “Creatures” isn’t taking a jackhammer to sonic convention, but what it does, it does nicely. It’s damned hard to fault the music here. Guitars ring out in twinkling, contrapuntal melodies over a skittering drum beat, the whole thing packaged with taut precision. Mario Giancarlo’s vocals were a tough sell for me on first listen–I felt as though he were striving too hard at an affected warble–but I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that his voice had won me over after two or three takes.

My favorite part about “Creatures” is how deftly everything comes together. It’s an easy song to enjoy and has a lot of crossover appeal (admit it, you can easily imagine those guitar riffs playing out in a transitional scene on some CW teen drama). Modernage may not make the whole world take notice but they seem destined to find many fans.

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Rate It Here:  My ears, they bleed!Never againMehNot my thangOne listen is enoughGood, not greatWorth a listenPlaylist-worthyThis my jam!Songasm!!! (21 votes, average: 6.57 out of 10)


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3 Comments For This Post

  1. Josh Says:

    Meh. Feels very middle of the road for me – Not bad, not great. Listenable but nothing here to make me come back for a second listen.

  2. Spaceman Spiff Says:

    I second the motion. Sort of reminds me of The Bravery on all levels. Like you said, not bad, but not enough to make me hungry for more.

  3. Hollis W. Says:

    Definitely nothing new or interesting here.