London-based electro-rock hybrid band MODESTEP have announced the May 25 release of their highly anticipated second album LONDON ROAD (Max Records/INgrooves), along with unveiling the album’s tracklisting/cover art (below) and premiering the lead single “Machines” on Modestep Radio (U.K.) and BLOODY-DISGUSTING.com (U.S.).
To coincide with the album announcement, MODESTEP— brothers Josh (vocals, keyboards) and Tony Friend (DJ, guitar), Pat Lundy (drums) and Kyle Deek (lead guitar)–premiered their mini-LONDON ROAD Film on VEVO today (2/24). The film–produced by the band and Liam Underwood (Skrillex, Major Lazer, Knife Party, among others)–features snippets from the album, giving fans a taste of what’s to come with LONDON ROAD. The film also features Flowdan doing the voiceover and Big Narstie playing a cab driver. Watch the film here: http://vevo.ly/zbjMQG.
LONDON ROAD–available now for pre-order at iTunes in addition to exclusive album pre-order bundles, including physical and vinyl versions of the album, being available atmodestep.com—comes complete with 12 intense, bass-laden tracks, all produced by thequartet, who expand upon their rock, dubstep and electro hybrid sound to create a homage to their hometown. “Machines” is available now as an Instant Grat on iTunes for fans who pre-order the album there (meaning the song will automatically download to iTunes for fans that complete their pre-order purchase).
LONDON ROAD, say brothers Josh and Tony Friend, is the real deal, an accurate representation of the four-piece they’ve become, and a passionate tribute to their home city. “We got into this music from going out to London clubs,” Josh, explains, “We were lucky enough to have that access. Now this music has blown up all over the world but it came from here, the British created this vibe by drawing from parts of London that are so darkly atmospheric. We want to push that, to show those roots.” “London Road has been an amazing opportunity to get on board with some of the best talent we’ve ever seen,” adds Tony, “and to push the boundaries of what they do, what Modestep do, and what we can do together.”
Determined not to rest on their laurels since their last LP, MODESTEP have re-crafted their sound, sculpting a record that strikes a strong balance between their urban, electronic and metal influences. The new album demonstrates strong ties to urban London with MCs such as Big Narstie, Discarda, Dialect, Flowdan, Frisco and LayZ contributing to the album’s message. Combining these influences has led to LONDON ROAD, an opus that defies definition by genre. With elements transcending dubstep and rock clichés into electro, breaks, classical and traditional dub & grime, the result is sure to be heard resonating around stages at many of 2015’s major festivals as well as their own forthcoming UK headline tour–starting March 11 at London’s XOYO venue–with U.S. tour dates to follow later this year.
LONDON ROAD is a striking record from the start. Opening with dramatic strings, the aggressive cockney spoken word of “Damien” paints an intense image of the album, before joining forces with pummelling guitar riffs and throbbing sub-bass. MODESTEP’s now-signature marriage of guitar based and electronic music is prevalent throughout, with the soaring vocal of “Make You Mine” and mechanized samples that perforate “Machines,”showing them as a band not content with staying within the fold, constantly allowing their creativity to emerge to the front of their art.
Tracklisting for LONDON ROAD:
1. Damien (Modestep & Funtcase)
2. Make You Mine (Modestep & Teddy Killerz)
4. On Our Own (Modestep & Culprate)
5. Feel Alive
6. Rainbow (Modestep & The Partysquad)
8. Nightbus Home
10. Sing (Modestep & Trolley Snatcha)
11. Circles (Modestep & Skindred)
12. Game Over (Modestep & Rude Kid ft. Big Narstie, Dialect, Discarda, Flowdan, Frisco & LayZ)
1. Countdown (Modestep & Genetix)
2. Mianite (Modestep ft Tom Syndicate)
*Bonus tracks only available on the iTunes album edition
MODESTEP were born online in 2008 when brothers Josh and Tony Friend started MODESTEP Radio to showcase their productions and dubstep tracks they loved. By late 2010 they were writing their own songs, one of which was “Feel Good,” for which they made a cheap video. They gave the exclusive to dubstep Youtube channel UKF and within weeks it had 4 million hits. By January 2011, MODESTEP found themselves on the Radio 1 A-List and the hottest unsigned property in UK music. MODESTEP became a fully-fledged live band after Josh (vocals, keyboards) and Tony (decks, guitar) in early 2011. Since then the band have toured relentlessly, smashing it at festivals all over the world including Coachella, Ultra Music Festival and Electric Daisy Carnival in the U.S. The MODESTEP live show has ignited crowds from Reading to Sydney to Las Vegas to Moscow to Ibiza – the band has played to 1.5 million people in 2012 alone. The band has amassed over 50 million views on YouTube and in March of 2013 they released their debut album, Evolution Theory, on Interscope in the U.S. Elektro magazine called MODESTEP “an auricular army, shooting bullet ballads packed with some of the most creative refrains in EDM today.” “Modestep are reasserting just how dynamic and exciting the genre can be,” said Alternative Press, and Kerrang! declared, “Welcome to the future.” Modestep reintroduce themselves with their new album, LONDON ROAD, by redefining their own unique status as the forward thinking sound of 2015. The band is set to push even further towards the cutting edge of not only the electronic scene, but also to the forefront of rock music’s upper echelon.