Canadian mope poppers Mode Moderne continue at break neck speed. have announced the latest spate of YK and European dates, With Guitars suggests you investigate further.
Canada’s Mode Moderne, who have a penchant for all things dark and gloomy, are coming to Europe to tour, including three key dates in theUK.
Formed in late 2008, when Clint Lofkrantz approached Felix Fung with plans to start a dance-oriented project. Teaming up with singer Phillip Intilé, the musicians spent the bleak winter months holed up in studio, listening to records and bonding over their love of classic indie and mope-pop. They wrote and recorded at a prolific song-a-day pace, turning Lofkrantz’s scratchy mobile phone demos into sweeping, synth-laden studio epics. The songs were further brought to life with help from Intilé’s sonorous vocals and brooding, image-rich lyrics. Drawing on the auteurism of Herzog, the prose of Knut Hamsun and the legend of Scott Walker, his words blended the autobiographical with the imagined.
They self-released their acclaimed debut “Ghost Emerging” on vinyl in 2009 and as their reputation grew, they signed to Vancouver’s Light Organ Records, who released new material from the band in the form of the 7” single “Real Goths / Undiscovered Country” in 2011. This led to further attention from the likes of Pitchfork and live dates with the likes of Blouse, Fresh and Onlys and Raveonettes.
Their firstUKrelease, “Strange Bruises” received rave reviews from a whole host of tastemakers. As elegant as it is elegiac, as tuneful as it is mournful, and a fine introduction to an act who are fast becoming an institution in their home country.
See the latest video below, which premiered on NME, here
The band will be playing the following dates in September:
18 – Paris – Espace B
20-22 -Hamburg, Reeperbahn
23 -Glasgow- 13th Note
25 -Cardiff- Buffalo Bar
26 -London, Queen of Hoxton
“Particularly shadowy…” – Pitchfork
“Fans of The National – and French cinema– are in for a treat.” – NME
“A classic blend of beauty and darkness” – This Is Fake DIY
‘Upcoming ‘Strange Bruises’ could be set to push the band to wider acclaim. At times pitch black, their noir songwriting is dominated by shimmering harmonies and guitars that veer out into a universe of fuzz.’ – Clash
‘Gloom pop Canadian bunch Mode Moderne…Artrocker’s very excited’ – Artrocker
“Pulsing drum machines, swathy synthesizers, ethereal guitar leads, and blankets of ambient-satin. Let’s welcome the new age.” – Weird Canada