Modern English releases ‘1 2 3 4’ after eight years

"There's always one or two songs that don't sound anything like punk rock. They sound like Modern English"
25 February 2024
Photo by Sheva Kafai

Announces Global Tour and New Wave Festival Dates

Modern English are back with 1 2 3 4, their first album in eight years, showcasing a blend of new wave and post-punk energy. Produced by the esteemed Mario J. McNulty and refined by mixing and mastering experts, this album revisits the band’s classic themes while pushing into new territories.

The release is accompanied by an international tour, including unique performances at the Totally Tubular Festival, featuring a lineup of nostalgic acts and contributing to local food banks. The band’s creation process, influenced by the isolation of the pandemic, led to a raw, live-sounding record, reflecting their enduring spirit and evolving sound.

Experience the standout track Not Fake from the band’s engaging new album.

Founding members Robbie Grey and Mick Conroy, alongside their bandmates, maintain the iconic Modern English identity while exploring fresh, dynamic directions.

Conroy reveals that the band intentionally aimed for a “raw, energetic” sound, recording the album with few takes and minimal overdubs at a home studio in upstate New York. “We wanted some edge to it,” Grey states “Live drums and getting the feel of moving from verse to chorus with everyone playing. It sounds like a live album.”

The band’s sharp understanding of dynamics shines consistently across 1 2 3 4“With Modern English, we start off with an idea and then we go off on slight tangents,” explains Conroy. “But there’s always one or two songs that don’t sound anything like punk rock. They sound like Modern English.”

Their journey from the early days continues to resonate, with their sound unaltered at its core, proving their lasting influence in the music world.

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Modern English 2024 live shows are listed below, with more to be added soon:

MARCH

09 — Mexico City, MX — Foro Puebla *
12 — Tucson, AZ — Rialto Theatre *
13 — Los Angeles, CA — Teragram Ballroom *
15 — Orlando, FL —American Gardens Theater at Epcot #
16 — Orlando, FL—American Gardens Theater at Epcot #
22 — London, UK — KOKO *

APRIL

11 — Dortmund, DE — Musiktheater Piano *
12 — Frankfurt, DE — Batschkapp *
13 — Berlin, DE — Huxleys *
14 — Hamburg, DE — Knust *
18 — Stockholm, SE —Hus 7 #
20 — Malmo, SE — Medley #
22 — Copenhagen, DK — Little Vega #
24 — Oberhausen, DE — Kulttemple #
25 — Hague, NL — Paard #
26 — Amsterdam, NL — Paradiso #
27  — London UK — Dingwalls #

MAY

02 — Paris, FR — Le Petit Bain #

JUNE

25 — Seattle, WA — Remlinger Farms ^
27 — Sacramento, CA — Hard Rock Live ^
28 — Santa Barbara, CA – Santa Barbara Bowl ^
29 — Los Angeles, CA – YouTube Theatre ^
30 — Oakland, CA – Fox Theatre ^

JULY

03 — Phoenix, AZ — Arizona Financial Theatre ^
06 — Englewood, CO — Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre ^
09 — Irving, TX — Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory ^
10 — Houston, TX — 713 Music Hall ^
13 — Raleigh, NC — Red Hat Amphitheatre ^
16 — Bridgeport, CT — Hartford Healthcare Amphitheatre ^
17 — Boston, MA — MGM Music Hall at Fenway ^
18 — New York, NY — Pier 17 ^
19 — Atlantic City, NJ — Hard Rock Live at Etess Arena ^
20 — Bushkill, PA — Poconos Park Amphitheatre ^
23 — Laval, QC — Place Bell ^
24 — Mississauga, ON — The Theater at Great Canadian Casino Resort ^
26 — Detroit, MI — Meadowbrook Amphitheatre ^
27 — Cincinnati, OH — Riverbend Music Center Amphitheatre ^
28 — Cleveland, OH — Music Center ^

* — supporting The Buzzcocks
# — headline appearance
^ — Totally Tubular Festival (feat. Thomas Dolby, Thompson Twins’ Tom Bailey, Men Without Hats, The Romantics, Bow Wow Wow, Tommy Tutone, The Plimsouls)