It would figure that a band like Modey Lemon would hail from the town that gave the world George Romero and Night of the Living Dead. It's an image of pure taste bud overkill, and of course overkill is just what the Modey Lemon are all about, so the picture fits them like a glove. When the drummer is front centre, you sit up and pay attention. Formed in the city's Oakland neighborhood in the summer of 1999 by Philander Boyd guitar and vocals and Paul Quattrone drums , Modey Lemon was originally a side project to the similar three-piece Dean Swagger. Quattrone was active in numerous bands within Pittsburgh in the 2000s. In the band's earlier work, sang in a slithering rasp that matched 's blues-punk skuzz ably, if only satisfactorily.
But that's not the only change on 2005's. Because there are actual songs here, 's vocals get away with their haughty tinge. Over the course of the following year, the increasingly tight Modey Lemon gained priority from Boyd and Quattrone and honed its sound, emphasizing a rolling, sped-up -style approach to the drums; muddy, rollicking guitar; and a maniacal vocal delivery by Boyd, supplemented in places by bursts of Moog and harmonica. This show I'm reviewing happened 10 years ago, in support of the Warlocks that's how memorable it was! The pushed-into-the-red rock moves of Season of Sweets may be over the top, but that's what the Modey Lemon are all about, and when they hit their stride all that sugar turns out to be more filling than you'd imagine. The group formed in Pittsburgh's South Oakland neighborhood in 1999 as an informal side project of Dean Swagger, a rock trio that had spent the previous year mainly performing in basements to college party crowds.
He also was a member of Chk Chk Chk for several years before relocating to Los Angeles where he joined and also formed Warm Drag. The duo cut its chops on summer evenings in Pittsburgh's Strip District, playing largely improvised blues in front of a closed-for-the-night fruit stand. A listen to Season of Sweets suggests this album was made under the influence of something more potent than a mere sugar buzz, but these nine tunes find the band in slightly better control of its psychedelic-informed garage rock bashing than usual, with a solid undertow of old-school hard rock driving the power trio heroics. Prior to the mid-2003 release of second album , Boyd and Quattrone added Jason Kirker on guitar and Moog synthesizer. They're cocky too, but not in an annoying, look-at-my-awesome-haircut sort of way.
The group followed their self-titled release with a brief stint on , which released a double 7 inch record, before recommending the band to owner Dave Katznelson, who then signed the band. Boyd and Kirker formed the rock quartet Old Head in 2012 with Pittsburgh comic book artist and musician Bill Wehmann and musician Mike Layton. The Curious City, Modey's third full length, is their strongest and most adventurous release to date. The band released their fourth album on May 12, 2008. Things continued to look up for Modey Lemon.
. Phil Boyd's over the top guitar wailing and Paul Quattrone's thunderous drumming remain the heart and soul of this band, with Jason Kirker's bass holding down just enough melody and rhythm to give the other two guys more room to get wild, but the growing presence of lo-fi keyboard overdubs and electronic accents reinforces the trippy side of the songs while emphasizing the melodies at the same time, a good trick given the Modey Lemon's fondness for wandering into the twilight zone. Ten tracks of metal mayhem, psych sickness and all-out rock 'n' roll psychosis. Modey Lemon's songs conjure images of mechanical dinosaurs, cemeteries and the entire universe coming undone. Splinters sprayed from his sticks and his punk attitude saw him spit on the people standing in front of him. Boyd has released several solo albums under the name Hidden Twin since 2006. If we painted my skin silver And I had myself a seat I could be a baby to the sea With the way your bones tower And the light bulb in your skull You could be a beacon on the rocks When we're wrapped in black blankets And its warm while we sleep Keep a spotlight on our every dream I know you held it close With the city streets so sandy And the sun no place to hide Plant the palms so tall that forests thrive If the stars become a spider Poke their fingers through the trees Slow your breath it isn't so scary I know we hold it close We're not so new Just walking through the zoo We just are we Are we are we We're not so old So petrified and cold The in-between are we Are we We're not some Hot shot horny astronaut Out on a string Are we are we We're not some new breed Of feathery thing The in-between are we Are we credits.
The original lineup consisted of guitarist Phil Boyd and drummer Paul Quattrone, then nominally students at the. Feel lucky to have seen a band with such vitriol giving it everything in the snarling vocals and piercing stop start guitar. In 2006, the band appeared in a 'punk club' scene in the adaptation of 's , performing two original songs written for the film as well as two songs. By 2000, the duo had gained a reputation around Pittsburgh for its concerts. He currently lives with his wife in Marfa, Texas.
My eyes were opened wide and my body taken in by the dirty hooks they spunked out at us. Boyd and Quattrone formed Shockwave Riderz in 2012 with singer Sara Mac. In August 2009 the band supported the Arctic Monkeys in New York City, Boston, and Chicago. In spring 2005 Dinosaur Jr tapped the duo to open the European leg of their reunion tour. Looking at the cover of the Modey Lemon's fourth album, Season of Sweets, is enough to make your fillings ache as multicolored hills of cheap candy lurk beneath a mountain of white sugar, with the band's name written into the crystal expanse in bright red syrup. . .
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