Mod Amish

Mod Amish

 San Diego, California, USA
BandRockPunk

Punk/Alt/Classic Rock/Indie...its all in Mod Amish’s hybrid blend of rock-n-roll. Dig into their EPK and find out for yourself what the critics have been raving about!

Biography

“This is alt-rock done right, laden with melody and drive, and completely ignoring the mainstream. Heaping on piles of influences from the past and forcing them kicking and screaming through their own amps, Mod Amish will satisfy your alt-musical itch. God bless the underground.” -The Ripple Effect

"Mod Amish fuse ear-splitting punk and extraordinarily catchy pop…the Southern California four piece are on the verge of great things." -Rock and Reel Magazine (UK)

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-At the end of the day, the only thing that matters in music is how good the song is. That’s where Mod Amish come in. These Les Paul wielding aggropop/alterna tunesmiths use words and overdriven amps to alchemize loud pop gold out of thin air. As one reviewer put it “Mod Amish’s songs are out of the speakers and tattooed on my brain before I even know what is happening.”

Based out of San Diego, the MAs are using the southwest corner of the map as a launching point for their aural vinegar & pop tart assaults. Fueled by influences from the Beatles to Husker Du to KISS, Mod Amish realize that may only have one opportunity to get your attention and, whether live or in the studio, they take that opportunity seriously.

After the release of their second album, “No Use For Sunshine” in September of 2008, rave reviews began pouring in for the band and these virtual unknowns began turning heads on the national scene. With their first single “September” leading the charge and without label support, they spent three weeks on the CMJ Top 200 charts with airplay on over 100 stations in the US and Canada. Further accolades were thrown their way when they were named 1 of 10 winners out of over 5000 entries in the first ever Converse Shoes/Downtown Records “Get Out of the Garage” music contest.

2009 is already shaping up to be a monster for the Amish. They've inked deals with MTV and PBS to have their music included on several televevision programs and have recently been featured on Indiefeed...iTunes top podacast.

Presently, the band is harvesting their collective soul and writing material for the next album to be recorded this fall...its tentatively titled "My God, Its Full of Stars."

Don’t just sit there reading about it though. Pour yourself a glass of something refreshing, slap on a good pair of headphones and dig into the sounds. When you’re walking down the street later today playing air guitar to that awesome tune in your head… you’ll be thanking Mod Amish.

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Within 6 months of the release of “No Use For Sunshine”:

-Mod Amish came in first place in the Converse Shoes/Downtown Records “Get Out of the Garage” contest with the song “September.” There were over 5,000 entries into the contest.

-"September" was selected and is being featured on Indiefeed…iTunes most popular podacast.

-UCLA radio named Mod Amish one of their best unsigned acts of 2008.

-Mod Amish has spent 3 weeks on the CMJ Top 200 College Charts peaking at #143. This was done by an unsigned band with no label support.

-The single “September” was featured in the new Armand Montiel film “3 Ways To Sunday.”

-“No Use For Sunshine” was chosen as a CD BABY EDITOR’S Pick on cdbaby.com.

Lyrics

September

Written By: Shannon Jones/Mod Amish

Open Eyes
Taking Roads
To the sky
And Explode

And as they board the plane
I sense their wonder

(1st chorus)
The daylight makes me shake
And choke before I speak
The sky is slowly closing
But they don't notice
I'd like to go outside
And think before I breathe
To stop the blood from boiling
Through my fingers

Tell them I can't see
Tell them I can't speak now

Red tail lights
Dare we speak
Of the nights
That we dream

And if we set it down
I'll miss the way we've been

(2nd chorus)
The way it makes me shake
To stop before I reach
I'm lost besides the moment
And they fly over
I'd like to go outside
And think before I breathe
To stop the blood from boiling
Through my fingers

(repeat 1st chorus)

Fade

Written By: Shannon Jones/Mod Amish

Fade

Letting go
How I use to make it so
I’m supposed to relate it
Wrote the lines
That not read here
They made you so sincere
And became the only note
That was faded

Follow me
We’ve been told
We’ll forget about how
Wisdom made us old
Seen your kind
Left behind
To worried of the day
You’ll never find

All I know
Is that I used to move real slow
Letting go
When I’m able
Now I find
That even here
Things remain so unclear
And I hope that half my life
Isn’t wasted

Involving A Hearse

Written By: Shannon Jones/Mod Amish

Involving a Hearse

Speak loud
Cause soon you’ll lose your turn
What’s left of you
Is feeding the worms
Met by the river
With a hearse
I never needed a reason for worse

And when ascending
Through your stratosphere
Taught evolution
Cause it works
Came down and taunted
All the others here
Turned round to see
How much it hurts

Read ‘bout
The father and his son
Kept telling me
That three are really one
He made the world
And watched it turn
Even gave it a hell
For us to burn

Discography

Mod Amish (2006)
No Use For Sunshine (September 30, 2008)

Set List

Original Music-

Sangreal
Papito
Please Proceed
The Sea
Day
Fade
Gone To Pieces
Fall
September
Involving A Hearse
So Long For Now
Brand
No Friend

Here are some of the cover tunes we occasionally perform...

Psycho Killer (Talking Heads)
I Need You Around (Smoking Popes)
In The Mouth Of A Desert (Pavement)
Do You Love Me? (Kiss)