With a new sound and name to boot, MDRN LOVE have had a big year. The band are yet to release their highly anticipated EP, with two singles serving as teasers for what’s to come.
We had a chat to the band about their new sound, journey and what they think of the industry in Geelong.
Can you please tell us a bit about your act?
Fresh off the back of their first successful Victorian headline tour, MDRN LOVE have returned better than ever. With a highly anticipated debut EP about to drop and the first two singles off the EP receiving great reviews, MDRN LOVE are a band on the rise.
Drawing influences from the likes of Matt Corby, Powderfinger, Kings of Leon, early INXS and Catfish & The Bottlemen, MDRN LOVE combine unhinged and emotive storytelling with its elevated energy, driving guitars and punchy vocal harmonies.
How long have you been performing?
MDRN LOVE commenced in the autumn of 2016 after having previously performed under a different name and with different musical influences. With several line-up changes including a new drummer and bass player, the guys adopted a grittier, rock influenced sound and added additional instruments to the mix. With the shift in focus and direction, a name change was warranted and so MDRN LOVE took shape.
Do you remember your first gig and what was it like?
Our first gig was at the Nightjar Festival in Geelong in January this year. We played with a few nerves wondering how the crowd would take to our new sound and thankfully they seemed to really enjoy our music. We had a couple of thousand people there to watch us and we must have been okay as we’ve been invited back to perform again next year.
What can we expect to see from your performance at the Geelong Show?
We’ll leave it up to others to judge our performance, but people coming to see us should expect to see original indie rock music. We think this recent review from Tone Deaf Music is a good reflection of where we’re at:
“Geelong five-piece rockers MDRN LOVE have just released their blistering debut single ‘Bring Me Down’, the first taste from their EP, due very soon. The band take influence from a long lineage of Aussie acts such as INXS, Powderfinger, and Matt Corby, and if this first blast is anything to judge by, MDRN LOVE will be joining them in the patheon of Aussie rock before too long”
Nathan Jolly – Tone Deaf Music – 2017
Who’s another Geelong act (or from around the region) you’d love to collaborate with and why?
Geelong’s own Coco Du Ma, recently dropped a remix of Touch Sensitive’s Body Stop which has received rave reviews. We think it’d be pretty cool to have these guys give one of our songs the Coco Du Ma remix treatment.
What do you think of the current state of the Geelong music industry and where do you think it is headed?
There’s been quite a resurgence in the Geelong music scene over the past 12 to 18 months with a number of new festivals and live venues opening up providing great opportunity for young bands to cut their teeth in the live scene. Geelong has a long history of producing good bands and great talent who all got their start playing in local venues, so it’s great to see Geelong evolving into a great live music city once again.
What are your social links so people can follow you?
You can check us out via any of the following socials:
MDRN Love are performing alongside other local acts on the In Bloom stage at the Geelong Show from October 20-22.