Modestep

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Modestep
Modestep (2015)
Modestep (2015)
Background information
OriginLondon, England, United Kingdom
Genres
Years active2010–present
Labels
Websitewww.modestep.com
Members
  • Josh Friend
  • Pat Lundy
Past members
  • Matthew Curtis
  • Nick Tsang
  • Kyle Deek
  • Tony Friend

Modestep are a dubstep and electronic rock duo from London consisting of Josh Friend and Pat Lundy. They were initially a band that formed in 2010, but former members Nick Tsang and Matthew Curtis left in 2014, Kyle Deek in 2016, and Josh's brother Tony soon followed in 2017. Their debut album Evolution Theory was released on 11 February 2013, including its five singles: "Feel Good", "Sunlight", "To The Stars", "Show Me a Sign" and "Another Day". Modestep's second album, London Road, was released on 25 May 2015, marking the band's first album featuring Lundy and Deek as members. Between 2017 and March 2019, the now-duo released four singles on record label Monstercat and two EPs on Disciple Records.

History[edit]

Early career (2010–2011)[edit]

Tony had been DJing since 2001 while Josh had been in multiple bands prior to Modestep with the drummer,[1] only forming the band in 2010, along with guitarist Nick Tsang, a former member of Go:Audio.[2]

Evolution Theory (2011–2013)[edit]

Modestep began work on their debut album during early January 2011, with their debut single "Feel Good" being released in the United Kingdom on 6 February 2011; managing to reach the BBC Radio 1 A Playlist during the weeks prior to release.[citation needed] The single was released as part of a 3-track extended play, including another track entitled "Bite The Hand". On 13 February, the single debuted at number 38 on the UK Singles Chart,[3] also reaching number 5 on the independent releases chart[4] and number 6 on the dance releases chart.[5] The music video of the new version of their single "Sunlight" was released on YouTube on 3 July, passing 1 million views within four days, also making the Radio 1 A-list and debuting at number 16 in the UK charts. "To The Stars" has also made it onto the Radio 1 A-list and was released on 6 November. Their fourth single "Show Me A Sign" made its YouTube debut on 19 March 2012 and was released on 6 May 2012.[6] They were also a support act for Lostprophets Weapons tour in mid-2012 and have been received extremely well by audiences. In July 2012, the fifth single from Evolution Theory, entitled "Another Day", was aired on BBC Radio 1Xtra. Modestep had previously performed this song to open their set when supporting Lostprophets on their spring UK tour. Just before the song was aired, Tony Friend revealed in an interview that Modestep hoped to release their debut album on 3 September 2012. After the album was pushed back to 14 January 2013, it was pushed back yet again to 11 February 2013.

Second studio album, departure of Tsang and Curtis and arrival of Deek and Lundy (2013-2017)[edit]

Modestep have announced via their social pages that they are now in the studio working on new material.[7] On 16 October 2013 they began work on the first track from their then-forthcoming second studio album.[8] In December 2013, the band embarked on the Foot Locker tour in Europe, promoting popular shoe retail store Foot Locker.[9] On 14 January 2014, Tsang and Curtis both left the band to pursue their own careers in the music industry. Despite this the album was still scheduled and a world tour is expected with the two new members, Pat Lundy (ex-drummer of the iconic band Funeral For A Friend) and Kyle Deek (age 22) who joined in the spring of 2014.[10] Starting in mid-2014, Josh and Tony began their recurring appearances in TheSyndicateProject's YouTube series, "Mianite", a series of videos based around the game Minecraft.

The band released a new single titled "Snake" for free download in mid-January 2015.[11] On 22 February 2015, they announced the title and track listing for their second studio album, to be released on 25 May 2015. London Road, released through Modestep's own record label Max Records, features collaborations with FuntCase, Teddy Killerz, Culprate, The Partysquad, Trolley Snatcha, Big Narstie, Flowdan, Frisco and more. On 14 May 2015, Modestep announced the release of one new song per day until the full album release.

Monstercat, Disciple, and the departure of Tony and Deek (2017–present)[edit]

After a brief hiatus, Modestep came back strong with "Living For The Weekend," a song about wanting to get out of work and have fun that released on British record label Never Say Die.[12]

Tony left the band in the summer of 2017. On 13 November, Canadian record label Monstercat released the duo's next single, "Higher".[13] The duo then released two more singles on Monstercat: "Going Nowhere" (with Dion Timmer)[14] and "Summer".[15]

On 4 July 2018, British record label Disciple announces that Modestep signed to the label. The duo released "By My Side" alongside Virtual Riot and Barely Alive on Disciple's fourth compilation in the Disciple Alliance series.[16]

A few miscellaneous Disciple releases later, Modestep came back to Monstercat to release "Not IRL" on 14 January 2019.[17]

Musical style & influences[edit]

Modestep have various musical styles and sounds as they have incorporated electronical elements such as dubstep and drum & bass, however they have also incorporated hard rock into their music, thus giving them a unique style. Josh Friend has also incorporated vocals into their music.

They have been placed next to bands such as Pendulum and The Prodigy due to their musical style, however they are able to play along with other artists such as The Script, Skrillex, Ed Sheeran and Flux Pavilion.[18] In a 2012 interview with Soundsphere Magazine, the members explained that "We’re all massive ‘tech-head’ musicians...". It is explained how each member of the band influences their musical style with different genres of music, also explaining that their unique musical style was unintentional.[19]

Members[edit]

Discography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whats Up Whatson. "Modestep Interview With Josh Friend". WhatsUpWhatson.com. Whats Up Whatson. Archived from the original (Interview) on 14 December 2013. Retrieved 13 December 2013. Tony’s been DJing for about thirteen years...
  2. ^ Kevin Wicks (2 April 2013). "British Breakout Interview: Dubstep is Dead, Long Live Modestep" (Interview). BBC America. BBC America. Retrieved 13 December 2013. ...guitarist Nick Tsang to fill out the band’s arena-ready sound...
  3. ^ "Top 40 Official UK Singles Archive". Official Charts Company. 19 February 2011. Retrieved 7 August 2011.
  4. ^ "UK Top 40 Independent Singles Archive". Official Charts Company. 19 February 2011. Retrieved 7 August 2011.
  5. ^ "UK Top 40 Dance Singles Archive". Official Charts Company. 19 February 2011. Retrieved 7 August 2011.
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 19 August 2014. Retrieved 10 September 2017.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ "Modestep working on new material". Twitter. Modestep. Retrieved 11 May 2013.
  8. ^ "Twitter / modestep: First day in the studio to ..." Twitter. 16 October 2013.
  9. ^ "MODESTEP X FOOT LOCKER TOUR LANDS IN PARIS". Mixmag.net. Mix Mag. Archived from the original on 3 July 2014. Retrieved 4 January 2014.
  10. ^ "Tsang and Curtis leave the band (Facebook post)". Facebook.com. Modestep. Retrieved 14 January 2014.
  11. ^ Carter, Emily. "Modestep offer new track, Snake, as free download". Kerrang.com. Kerrang!. Retrieved 29 January 2015.
  12. ^ "Modestep Gets All TGIF in 'Living For the Weekend' Video With Zomboy: Exclusive". Billboard. Retrieved 18 March 2019.
  13. ^ "Modestep release vigorous single on Monstercat, 'Higher'". Dancing Astronaut. 15 November 2017. Retrieved 18 March 2019.
  14. ^ "Modestep and Dion Timmer team up on 'Going Nowhere'". Dancing Astronaut. 20 February 2018. Retrieved 18 March 2019.
  15. ^ thisisanoukk (13 May 2018). "GENRE IS DEAD's Releases Of The Week: Modestep, Babymetal, Christina Aguilera and more!". GENRE IS DEAD!. Retrieved 18 March 2019. The versatile London-based duo brought us the banger called ‘Summer’ on Monstercat and makes us all excited for high temperatures, drinks and good times!
  16. ^ "Disciple Alliance Vol. 4 is underway". Dancing Astronaut. 11 July 2018. Retrieved 18 March 2019. Disciple also released a collaborative project with Modestep, Virtual Riot, and Barely Alive: "By My Side." It’s more of a melodic hard-hitter, with bright synth fills.
  17. ^ "Modestep Reinvents Themselves With Surprising New Single "Not IRL"". Run The Trap: The Best EDM, Hip Hop & Trap Music. 16 January 2019. Retrieved 18 March 2019.
  18. ^ Martyn Young (14 February 2013). "Modestep – Evolution Theory Album Review". musicomh. Retrieved 14 February 2013.
  19. ^ Soundsphere Magazine (29 August 2012). "Interview: Modestep [Leeds Festival 2012]". Soundsphere Magazine. Retrieved 29 August 2012.

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