Miracles of Modern Science
|Miracles of Modern Science|
|Origin||Princeton, NJ, USA|
|Genres||Indie rock, chamber pop|
Miracles of Modern Science (or MOMS) is an American independent band formed at Princeton University in 2005. The band is composed of Evan Younger (double bass, lead vocals), Josh Hirshfeld (mandolin, vocals), Kieran Ledwidge (violin), Geoff McDonald (cello), and Tyler Pines (drums). Their musical style stems from modern orchestrations for classical string instruments, which results in self-described "orchestral space pop."
Miracles of Modern Science was formed at Princeton University by Josh Hirshfeld and Evan Younger, after the two met on Facebook in 2004  The duo experimented with a wide range of styles, from country to sea-shanty, before arriving at their signature sound of indie rock blended with classical string quartet. They were later joined by Ledwidge and McDonald, and finally by Pines in 2005, completing the band's lineup. Once assembled, the band played mostly at Princeton and in venues close by until they graduated. During this time, the band became known for wearing silver space suits during performances, although they have since discontinued the trend.
EP release (2008-2010)
After graduating from Princeton, MOMS moved to Brooklyn. In 2008, they released a self-titled EP, which they began recording while still in college and completed post-graduation. This album was critically well-received, with The Wheel's Still in Spin calling it the fourth best EP of 2008, Consequence of Sound giving a four and a half star review, and Wired News writing that MOMS play "consummate major-key space-pop that sounds like something new". Spin Magazine named the band one of the "25 Must-Hear Artists from the CMJ Festival" in October 2009.
Album release (2011 - present)
The band began recording their debut LP Dog Year in early 2010. WNYC premiered the lead single "Eating Me Alive" in August 2011, and the band released the album independently on December 6, 2011. Dog Year received critical acclaim upon release, including favorable reviews from Paste, Consequence of Sound, and Beats Per Minute, who also included Dog Year on their list of the top albums of 2011. Wired News included the track "Eating Me Alive" on their "Top 100 Songs of 2011" playlist. A live performance and interview with Audie Cornish on NPR's Weekend Edition the weekend after the album release earned the band national recognition.
In January 2011, Miracles of Modern Science released the parody video "Bon Joviver" (a portmanteau of Bon Jovi and Bon Iver) on YouTube. The video, in which the band performs an excerpt from Bon Jovi's "You Give Love a Bad Name" in the visual and musical style of Bon Iver, received considerable viral attention after being shared by The Huffington Post, Buzzfeed, CollegeHumor, and Bon Iver's Justin Vernon himself, among others.
- Dog Year (2011)
- Miracles of Modern Science (2008)
- MEEMS (2013)
- "Funny Friend" featuring Soce, The Elemental Wizard (2013)
- "Art of Science" (2010)
- "I Found Space" (2010)
- "Bossa Supernova" (2009)
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- Miracles of Modern Science Facebook http://www.facebook.com/miraclesofmodernscience#/miraclesofmodernscience?v=info
- Interview with The Daily Princetonian http://www.dailyprincetonian.com/2009/11/19/24486/
- Interview with Groupee http://www.groupee.com/displaycontent/content/127240557044169651
- Wheel's Still in Spin Best EP of 2008 http://www.thewheelsstillinspin.com/2008/12/best-eps-of-2008.html
- Consequence of Sound Album Review http://consequenceofsound.net/2008/11/11/album-review-miracles-of-modern-science/
- Wired Miracles of Modern Science http://www.wired.com/listening_post/2008/07/band-stuns-list/
- Spin Magazine: "25 Must-Hear Artists from the CMJ Festival" http://www.spin.com/gallery/25-must-hear-artists-cmj-festival?image=22
- Miracles of Modern Science blog archive: "WE ARE GO FOR THE LP" http://www.miraclesofmodernscience.com/2010/03/11/we-are-go-for-the-lp/
- WNYC: "Gig Alert: Miracles of Modern Science" http://www.wnyc.org/shows/soundcheck/articles/music-hub/2011/aug/25/gig-alert-miracles-modern-science/
- Paste: "Miracles of Modern Science: Dog Year" http://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2011/12/miracles-of-modern-science-dog-year.html
- Consequence of Sound: "Album Review: Miracles of Modern Science – Dog Year" http://consequenceofsound.net/2011/12/album-review-miracles-of-modern-science-dog-year/
- Beats Per Minute: "Miracles of Modern Science - Dog Year" http://beatsperminute.com/reviews/album-review-miracles-of-modern-science-dog-year/
- Beats Per Minute: "The Top Albums of 2011: Honorable Mentions" http://beatsperminute.com/features/the-top-albums-of-2011-honorable-mentions/2/
- Wired: "Wired's Top 100 Songs of 2011 Spotify Playlist" http://www.wired.com/underwire/2011/12/100-best-songs-of-2011/
- NPR Music: "Miracles of Modern Science: No Guitars Necessary" http://www.npr.org/2011/12/11/143395128/miracles-of-modern-science-no-guitars-necessary
- The Huffington Post: "Bon Joviver Mashup By Miracles Of Modern Science Is Perfect (VIDEO)" http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/24/bon-joviver-miracles-of-modern-science_n_1228211.html
- Buzzfeed: “Bon Joviver” Is The Bon Jovi/Bon Iver Mashup You've Been Waiting For" http://www.buzzfeed.com/whitneyjefferson/bon-jovier-is-the-bon-jovibon-iver-mashup-you
- CollegeHumor: "Bon Joviver" http://www.collegehumor.com/embed/6698276/bon-joviver
- Twitter / @blobtower https://twitter.com/#!/blobtower/status/161482237056008193