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This Modern Station
“….upbeat, catchy-lyric, song in your head the rest of the day musical experience.” Reuters Television
I wanted to find something very cerebral to say about the band This Modern Station. The best thing I can really say, though, is that I really like this music. I’m easily caught up in their tight sound. The driving guitars, great riffs, solid hooks, and life-story vocals pulled me in quickly and easily. The resemblance to early Wilco, as mentioned by Absolute Powerpop (see below) is easily seen, but the band has provided us with a modern and highly polished style of American pop. Tell me if you don’t hear some Tom Petty nuances in the band’s style, as well.
Here’s what Absolute Powerpop had to say about This Modern Station:
“Nashville strikes again. The home of so many artists that have brought us quality releases in 2009 gives us This Modern Station, whose debut disc All We Leave Behind is a melodic breath of fresh air. They tread that fine line between power pop and Americana, sounding at times like an American Teenage Fanclub and at others like early Wilco.
The driving opener “Long Overdue” sets the tone, with hooks galore and a stomping beat that’s reminiscent of Being There-era Wilco tracks like “Outta Site (Outta Mind)” and “Monday”. “Next Best Thing” follows in the same vein, while the midtempo “Just Another Heartache” recalls The Favorites (who placed in our top 20 last year) and Red Guitar.
“Evangelina” is another driving number, reminiscent of Todd Herfindal and The Meadows, and “Sunday Morning” brings the rock. Kicking off the second half of the disc, “Ruby” finds the band into a bit of pop-noir, telling the story of a wayward woman to a moody melody not unlike The Smithereens’ “Blood & Roses”, while “Playing With Fire” proves the boys can handle the ballads as well.
Closing things out, “I Think I’m in Love Again” is another infectious rocker, and “The Highway Never Ends” is quality straight-up Americana. “Popicana” fans, and those who liked the later-day Gary Louris-led Jayhawks are going to flip for this one. With nary a duff track to be heard, this one’s a definite year-end Top 20 contender.”
The band was generous enough to provide Audio Gumshoe with five tracks from their 10 track album “All We Leave Behind.” Be sure to follow one of the links below to pick a copy of the album for yourself. It’s always great to share the music of players like these; be sure to support what they do so they will continue to provide more great music.
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