Bristol - Cafe Kino
Entry Requirements: Over 18s
Modern Studies with support from The Nervy Betters!
Modern Studies are a band from Scotland-via-Lancashire.
They released their debut LP ‘Swell to Great‘ through Song, by Toad Records in September 2016.
It was named the 19th best LP of 2016 by MOJO Magazine, and one of the 12 best LPs of 2016 by The Herald.
In August 2017, Modern Studies staged SOUNDING, a run of audio-visual shows, at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Swell to Great was reissued by Fire Records in October 2017.
Modern Studies’ second LP, Welcome Strangers is released by Fire Records in May 2018.
“Old and new, sweet and sharp, Welcome Strangers holds you in an ambiguous, but utterly enchanting, embrace… songs that suggest a muddy-hemmed Jim O’Rourke lost in a field in rural Perthshire.”
★★★★ MOJO (Welcome Strangers)
“Melancholic magic… recalls Johnny Marr’s hazier reveries and the febrile, electrified folk of Polly Harvey’s Let England Shake.”
8/10 UNCUT (Welcome Strangers)
“Sit up and take note; Modern Studies are setting the standards for intelligent pop in 2018.”
★★★★ Record Collector (Welcome Strangers)
“A stunning second album. Welcome Strangers looks likely to feature strongly in the lists of 2018’s best albums.”
90 %, The Fountain (Welcome Strangers)
“there is a calmness in its melancholy, a beauty in its blues. These are songs that see the mystical beyond the material, abstracted folk ballads awash in memory.”
★★★★ MOJO (Swell to Great)
“a gorgeous sound which lands somewhere between Belle & Sebastian at their most icily wistful, and Fairport Convention’s autumnal folk-rock.”
The List (Swell to Great)
“an impressionistic mix of sea shanty post-rock and chamber pop. Like Rachel’s with vocals, it’s a gentle delight.”
Americana UK (Swell to Great)
The Nervy Betters make gentle and experimental pastoral pop.
You can hear them here – https://thenervybetters.bandcamp.com/