Modakai

Modakai

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Indi-Brit-Pop. Raised on Bowie, Nina Simone, Radiohead, Keane, Blur, 80's rock, and Pulp and other greats, Modakai is no one hit wonder. Sometimes powerful and explosive and sometimes sexy and melodic. Working Class roots that has a hardcore cult following and building every month.

Biography

Modakai (Mod-a-kie), originally called Belafonte, born and raised as working class ranch hands on the dusty open plains of Texas found their solace in music (most notably from the UK). Throughout high school and the years beyond the band went through many changes and incarnations until founding its solid core in 2003. After establishing itself as a local media favorite throughout Texas, Modakai found its way onto the UK airwaves. College and indie bloggers raved over the EP, “Any Place is Better Than Here”, heralding its release on the BBC Radio 1 airwaves by Jo Whiley. Within weeks, the band¹s self-released EP flew off the shelves of Virgin Megastores in the UK, as their second single, “If You’ll Stay”, climbed its way onto the Radio 1 airwaves only months later. Modakai proceeded to tour all across the south building a tidal wave of followers.

The band began recording its debut self-titled album in early 2006 with renowned engineer and producer, Paul Williams. Over the course of the next two years, the band worked several jobs each to pay for the album, recorded in several studios (based on the acoustics of the room for each song), and scoured the internet for rare vintage pedals to acquire the right sound. Famed producer, Rip Rowan (Old 97’s, Rhett Miller, and several top R&B artists), heard of the band and requested to start mixing the album at Pleasantry Lane Studios before its completion in December of 2007.

One night while the band was drinking cheap whiskey on the border of Mexico on the hood of a ‘64 Mustang, lead singer and songwriter, Brian Hedenberg, decided it was time to dust off the boots and head to New York City. Three days later they bought a map from the local gas station, loaded the pick-up, and the band drove north. They dropped off the radar for almost a year while they settled into their new surroundings. They began playing small clubs and coffee shops in and around New York, spending every weekend outside Arlene’s Groceries, Pianos, The Living Room, and Mercury Lounge handing out CDs and making new fans. It wasn’t long before they had built up a buzz in both Manhattan and Brooklyn and club owners began asking the band to play. They were asked to play the Emergenza International Music Festival, where they blazed a trail to the semifinals. Soon after, Knitting Factory asked Modakai to open for UK EMI Recording artist, Air Traffic, filling the room with screaming new fans.

Modakai will reach a pivotal point in its career when its 12-track, self-titled debut album is released worldwide on iTunes, October 24, 2008. The band expects to tour the east coast this fall, and in the UK, where fans have patiently waited for two years, in early 2009.

Modakai’s self-titled debut album captures the band’s heartbreak, insecurity, intense love and self-sacrifice, while trying to break out of a small town. They have been noted as being “the perfect morning after music” and “a band that is pure gold.” The band expects to release its first video for “If You’ll Stay” this coming fall. Two EPs and three singles with several B-sides are also slated for release between December and spring of 2009, while the band begins work on its next album.

Lyrics

Hard to Keep

Written By: Brian Hedenberg

She says she knows me more,
Than I give her credit for,
even though we just met not even an hour ago.

We tear off into the night,
we hide in the dark like spies,
and then she turns to me and says...

"It's great to have you next to me just in case I die right in my sleep",
you're so beautiful but try not to speak I'm to tired to explain the words I mean

I travelled in circles outside your apartment,
leaving trails in the snow,
Firgured you were out with someone else but didn't want me to know.

We tear off into the night,
we hide in the dark like spies,
and then she turns to me and says...

"It's great to have you next to me just in case I die right in my sleep",
you're so beautiful but try not to speak I'm to tired to explain the words I mean,
You can raise your fists and your voice to me,
tear up my room and throw out my things,
you're so beautiful but try not to scream,
if you'll let me speak there's just one last thing

If you want me take me I'm just right here I'm not so very Hard to Keep.

If You'll Stay

Written By: Brian Hedenberg

If I could make this moment last I wouldn't need this song,
Feels like you've been running all along.
But I need you.
Just give me one more night and I'll be gone.

If I say one more word to you, I'm going to lose it in front of all these people.
Standing in an airport preying to God that you won't go.

But If You'll Stay I'll be better,
If You'll Stay I will make things work,
They can wait for you just one more night but if you leave me now I'll be down again.

They say that life in made of tiny moments, well i don't want this to end.
This time in my life has been more confusing than it's ever been.
Are you out there somewhere and still thinking of me and all those mornings alone.
The sun hit our face it was warm it was perfect,
I don't know where I went wrong.

But If You'll Stay I'll be better,
If You'll Stay I will make things work,
They can wait for you just one more night but if you leave me now I'll be down again.

As Hard As You Like It

Written By: Brian Hedenberg

I'm a one-spoke wheel that crashing,
I'm a broken face with appeal,
I've got potential,
I've got something for you.
You see this pig's optomistic,
I'll give you anything you want,
I'll give it to youAs Hard As You Like It

I'm a train racing off its tracks,
I'm a treasure trove that's exploding,
She says I'm awfully sensual,
But not much more then that.
You see this pig's optomistic,
I'll give you anything you want,
I'll give it to you As Hard As You Like It.

Like a comet my love comes to save the Universe!

Movin On

Written By: Modakai

I tried so hard to make things right,
but you stare at me like I'm a stranger
You left me standing all alone,
what did I say to you?

Was it More than my words?
The tone in my voice when I said I'm through?
Was it more than my words?
The tone in my voice when I said I'm through with you for good?

We all know that you choked, you choked
and we liked it
And just when you think you've sussed me out,
You'll see I'm not by your side anymore

(Chorus)

You said I can't take it,
But I'm breathing, I'm still breathing,
You said I can't make it,
but I'm movin, I'm still movin on

The words we use are like daggers thrown so
easily at spinning wheels you risk it all so eagerly
(when you look in my eyes you see yourself)

(Chorus)

Discography

Any Place is Better Than Here (EP) - 2006

Modakai - 12 song LP to be released 2008

Hard to Keep EP - 7 tracks to be released 2008

Bedroom Recordings (Japanese Import) - Spring 2008

Concentration of a Single Dot EP - B-sides- to be released Spring 2009

Set List

depends on the show but 10-18 songs.
1. We Made You
2. Slacker
3. Movin On
4. Matadora
5. PPW
6. If You'll Stay
7. Everything
8. I'm Just a Man
9. It Was You
10. Any Place is Better Than Here
11. Hard to Keep
12. As Hard As You Like It
13. People Change