The Modern Airline

The Modern Airline

 Brooklyn, New York, USA
BandEDMPunk

Spastic New Wave!

Biography

THE MODERN AIRLINE is a five-piece new wave band from Brooklyn, NY featuring lead vocalist and guitarist Lee Chabowski, bassist and vocalist Amy Brown, synth player and vocalist Margaret Chabowski, drummer Gary Langol and guitarist Josh Hunter. Since their debut at Brooklyn’s Southpaw in late 2008, the band has built a loyal following playing in the New York City area.

Their angular, spastic sound borrows equally from ‘80s new wave and ‘70s punk and hard rock, while soaring out into new territories. Twin tube-soaked guitars are pierced by synth, cut by space, and propelled by kick and driving bass. Outfitted as corporate airline pilots and stewardesses, the band delivers a tight, powerful show amped up by Lee’s manic, on-stage antics. Sci-fi, surrealism and sex are all recurring themes in the lyrics.

Frontman and songwriter Lee Chabowski and bassist Amy Brown previously shared the stage in the popular upstate power pop band Dog’s Life, playing packed shows at clubs throughout the Northeast including NYC’s CBGB. Dog’s Life released two albums, Dog’s Life and Queenie Gots a Pinworm, receiving national and international press and getting nationwide college radio airplay.

Lyrics

Monster on the Campus

Written By: Lee Chabowski

a boy a man a dog a van a question a wish a skirt a fish drink the blood of a living fossil this will probably happen to you when you leave home for school do it for science come on let's try it a lecture on evolution a lust for the provost's daughter a love for the professor of biology a bug banging on the window a klutz with teeth-marks in a wounded hand a kill stabbed in the thorax a rampage through the clutter of life's day-to-day a chill hanging from a tree branch smoke the blood of a living fossil this will probably happen to you when you leave home for school do it for science come on let's try it it happened then it's happening now believe me Jack when I tell you there's a monster on the campus a trip a flash an ax a gash a theory there's a monster on the campus a tact there's a monster on the campus a photo there's a monster on the campus a fact there's a monster on the campus inject the blood of a living fossil

Vee Haf Veys(of Making You Rock)

Written By: Lee Chabowski

you will move your hips to the side you will move them back again you will do this over and over don't make me tell you again you will jump up an down you will move your arms around you will respond to the sound you will respond to the sound we have these things no one can resist like a kicking boot like a cracking stick and when we come in we don't knock you will find we have ways of making you rock so so you think you are something so standing still like a stone so you won't be so smug when we call up your mother to drive you home no you will jump jump 'til we stop you will shake shake it when we pop yeah yeah yeah when we tell you to rock you will rock when we say rock you will rock rock we have these things no one can resist like a kicking boot like a cracking stick and when we come in we don't knock you will find we have ways of making you rock you will jump up an down you will move your arms around you will respond to the sound you will respond to the sound

Accelerated Evolution

Written By: Lee Chabowski

accelerated evolution head the size of a punching balloon makes his way between the modern day human beings accelerated evolution wears a smug look on a sunken face featuring half-mast eyelids first he comprehends then he condescends accelerated evolution accelerated evolution stares into the eyes of hopeful crowd points out the obvious again points out the obvious solution first he comprehends then he begins to dispense accelerated evolution he shares his thoughts they cry joyous tears he straightens up his papers they let go their fears then they head off high to the world outside then he cracks wise to two passers-by accelerated evolution they used his head for a punching balloon knocked him back between apes and slow human beings accelerated evolution holds a mug of bear, they score, he let's out a cheer featuring half-mast eyelids he can't comprehend and he can't pretend accelerated evolution

The Modern Airline

Written By: Lee Chabowski

someday you'll be our guest yes you will and when you do you'll feel our specialness yeah we think your special too it's something about the way we shine sparkling brilliance like sun on water it's something about our state of mind you can set your watch by our arrival time someday you'll get where you're going yes you will and when you do we'll be the ones to get you there we're flying no-stop everywhere it's something about the way we move smooth like a snake through the grass but in the sky we tear through the air like we're subatomic our planes are all so supersonic now if you say there's a big storm comin' who cares?' is our reply we fly so high you can see the curve of the earth now if you say what about the lunatics in the world now don't be alarmed not only are we armed we're trained in the deadly arts someday you'll find someone to love you yes you will and when you do don't be afraid to fool around up in the sky we're The Modern Airline come on give us try it's something about the way we give our planes are huge and we've got toys for all the kid and we don't care what anybody else thinks we know what you've been through

Au Revoir Jean Claude

Written By: Lee Chabowski

ice-cold liquid black green neon twinkling food chair crush-proof crab-clawed flood light monster searching red-hot boiling alternative life form captured hi-res documented above you miles above you everything up there up there up there she says bonjour Jean Claude oui oui Jean Claude non non Jean Claude au revoir Jean Claude great big endoskeletal thing drifted down and settled in picked and picked and picked apart in the dark delicious great big exoskeletal thing drifted down and settled in radio silent catastrophic secret up there up there up there she says bonjour Jean Claude oui oui Jean Claude non non Jean Claude au revoir Jean Claude sunbeams hung like curtains waving flicker down and fizzle out a lake underwater like glass lays littered with the scraps of a fish-storm funnel cloud a young man sits his acrylic sphere drifts giving off a lone strange murky light scribbling notes and scratching daydreams snatched awake by a bump in the night up there up there up there she says bonjour Jean Claude oui oui Jean Claude non non Jean
Claude au revoir Jean Claude

Voyage to the Bottom of the Sky

Written By: Lee Chabowski

I've always lived around airports I love the sound of a plane coming in I strapped on my parachute and crouched down in a tin can staring down at the kids looking on from high up in their tree forts and a man trying to reach the roof tiptoe on the last rung of the ladder if we fall and if we fall then I'll slow my acceleration some will live some will die on our voyage to the bottom of the sky jumper in the air if you can hear me kick your feet jumper on the ledge give me your hand and I'll get you warm and buy you something to wear staring up at the men staring down trying to see the girls walking 'round on the ground and a five beer lunch and a poor attitude will certainly weed out some if we fall and if we fall then I'll slow my acceleration some will laugh some will cry on our voyage to the bottom of the sky spread your wings and drop it's not so much like a smash it's more like a pop I've always lived around airports I love the sound of a plane coming in I strapped on my parachute and crouched down in a tin can staring down at the kids sitting

Messages are Streaming in From Things

Written By: Lee Chabowski

they called her Pam 'cause that was her name she rolled her eyes faced with another city loon she'd seen it all as a waitress in this town then there was this clown let's take a look ears glowing red from the cold outside he'd blown in through the door and headed straight for the counter sitting erect and dead-calm on a swivel stool he sat and stared that's when he twirled his finger round and round pointing down at his head that's when he said what he said messages are streaming in from things they called her Pam she remained aloof and offered him coffee as she put down a menu with barely a nod of his thawing head he affirmed, she reacted let's take a look as if particles of light had been super-cooled time crawled by like a chameleon on a stick and they both watched the coffee flow like glass out of the carafe going down that's when he twirled his finger round and round pointing down at his head that's when he said what he said messages are streaming in from things ears still glowing red from an energy inside his intensive glare intensified with barely a nod of his receptive head he could see the world had changed in her eyes that's when he twirled his finger round and round pointing down at his head that's when he said what he said messages are streaming in from things

Periods of Missing Time

Written By: Lee Chabowski

she had a beer in the left hand pocket of her coat she had another one in the right and one in her hand and one before and when she woke up she was inside but when she went out she was out and she turned her head up to see the light in the sky then the egg inside was fertilized she had periods of missing time so we sat in a circle and listened we were very scientific at Cornel University 'cause when she woke up she was inside but when she went out she was out and she turned her head down to see the thing in the crib then I'll tell you girls just what she did she had periods of missing time she had a baby in the left hand corner of the room she had another one in the right and one in her hand and one before and when she woke up he was inside but when she went out he was out and she felt like a speck of floating cosmic debris but she was very special indeed

New Planets

Written By: Lee Chabowski

how? how am I? how am I affected by? new planets way way up high way up high in the sky new planets should I laugh or should I cry? new planets can? can I see? can I see then with my eyes? new planets are? are they just? are they just a pack of lies? new planets should I stop to wonder why? new planets spinning spinning 'round spinning 'round a distant sun new planets are? are they bored? are they bored of having fun? new planets are they meant for everyone?

I'm Vibrating (in the Key of F)

Written By: Lee Chabowski

I'm vibrating in the key of F I rode a wave into the world I crashed down on the floor what do you think are we in sync are we standing face to face when we get to the peak I'm vibrating in the key of F I saw you moving in G not much to do with me and then you beckoned and in a second we stared into each other's eyes and did we harmonize this songs in B flat I don't wanna be like that my one desire's to spend a summer day with my F against your A what do you think we're so in sync yeah we're standing face to face against your kitchen sink I'm vibrating in the key of F

Discography

The Modern Airline