Modern Aquatics
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Modern Aquatics

Calgary, Alberta, Canada | Established. Jan 01, 2013

Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Established on Jan, 2013
Band Alternative Post-punk




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Still working on that hot first release.



Working on their debut full length album with engineer/producer Scott Munro (Vietcong, Labcoast) Modern Aquatics have come out of the gate actively playing numerous shows locally with some of Calgary’s most prominent  acts (Vietcong, Labcoast) whilst just completing a small west coast tour and slated to play Sled Island Music Festival in Calgary and then followed by Shakearama Music Festival on the west coast.

Modern Aquatics is a story born of loss… digging themselves out of the muck of the Calgary flood of 2013, they started as a sort of rebound project for Javier Palomino and Andy Flegel of Seahorse and Rena Kozak of Gold. Each member, eager to move forward from their respective band break ups, embarked on a recording project to document new and old tracks. Recruiting the vintage charm of Munro’s 8-track, their initial recordings were graced by ex-Seahorse bassist Michael Halls (Telstar Drugs, You are Minez and Faux Fur) who was later replaced by William Thomas Johnson (Gretchen) to solidify their live set when they lost Halls to the Montreal scene. 

Each member of the current line up is rooted deeply in the Calgary music scene and their history stops just short of the genealogy of an incestuous family tree, with all the heartache of a Cure song; Javier Palomino and Andy Flegel (Also of Faux Fur) were founding members of Seahorse who made waves in the music scene despite a short life cycle; releasing the EP Mal de embarquement and touring Spain in 2012. Seahorse was listed by Ian Russell, owner and founder of Flemish Eye, (Women, Chad van galen) “ as the band to watch out for” in Exclaim! Magazine, and were slated to play the Sled Island Music Festival 2013 before flood-waters washed it to the way side. Rena Kozak was born out of the ashes of the promising act Gold, who released the 2013 EP Losing your Hair on Mammoth Cave, also playing the CMJ Festival in NYC.

Modern Aquatics takes the heart-ache/heart-break of their incestuous pastband break-ups and transforms them into catchy hooks with all the sadness of The Cure, and the energy of bands like Sonic Youth, Wire and The Talking Heads. Dreamy, reverb soaked, sharp and whimsical guitars weave mystifying melodies, compounded by Ian Curtis / Robbie Smith style vocals, and  riveting, mind-bending drum rolls make Modern Aquatics a vital Canadian act to follow.

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