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Rock rookies get their fingernails dirty with a scuzzy, distortion-happy...love song. - Blender Magazine (Dec. 2008)


The Modern Society's music reflects a mix of old-fashioned influence and contemporary appeal. Rock 'n' roll guitars and pop melodies are emphasized in timeless fashion, while a dose of indie swagger and studio sparkle updates the band's sound to the 21st century. - The Washington Times


"...a rocking affair that infuses’ TMS southern roots with La-La-Land grit and rebellion." - Guitar World (Jan. 2009)


"[The Modern Society have] the chops to tear up a small club, but the polish that could pack arenas one day. Catch ‘em while they’re creepin’ North..."
- Dave Allen, Phawker.com (Dec 03, 2008)
- Phawker.com


"On its sophomore release, the group stuffs an impressive set of hooks into 10 tunes, plays them with conviction and adds enough production touches to resonate with singalong choruses that stick around after the first spin. "
- Hal Horowitz (Sep 28, 0008)
- The Sunday Paper


"straightforward rock’n’roll with a tip of the hat to the classic era of rock – think the Stones or the Flamin’ Groovies..."
- Luke Toney, (Sep 30, 2008)
- Racket Mag


"These guys are bonafide magicians, I swear every song on their album "The Beat Goes On" has me thoroughly endeared. It's so evil how fast I took a liking to them."
- Style on the Inside (Oct 11, 2008)
- Style on the Inside


"...head's will be bobbing, feet will be stomping, and good times will be had...[they] have an addictive appeal. By the time you take a seat and strap in...you'll probably want more...The Modern Society may be young, but [they] keep listeners young at heart..." - Elmore Magazine


"...a suitcase full of infectious hooks, soaring melodies and the restlessness that has marked more than one damn fine piece of pop-rock." - Performing Songwriter (Dec 2008)


Discography

Friends & Enemies - Released (USA) Jan. 2006
Friends & Enemies - Released (JAPAN) Nov. 2006
Black Daisies Single - iTunes 2007
Paper Moon Single - iTunes 2008
The Beat Goes On - 2009

All songs from Friends & Enemies and The Beat Goes on can be found on internet radio such as Pandora Radio, Last FM, Fearless Radio.

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The Beat Goes On, the sophomore album from Atlanta–based quartet The Modern Society, is a succinct 35 minutes of foot–stomping, hand–clapping rock n'roll. Written in the band's practice space — a whitewashed barn surrounded by cattle, nestled in a valley between the Georgia hills north of Atlanta — the album pulses with a working class fervor and impeccable style, all anchored by frontman Brown's winsomely whiskey-soaked howl. The Beat Goes On is both immediately engaging (just try to sit still and not sing along) and rewarding upon listen after listen.

Formed roughly three years ago by Brown and Bence over shared musical passions, dislikes, and a glass of whiskey, The Modern Society came together like a primitive big bang of the right place and the right time. The two had first met while playing in different area bands and when they joined up, they began finishing each other's songs from the very moment they started writing together. Bence knew Martin and Carter since high school, where they'd all met through their various bands, and he brought them to play with him and Brown one night. Ask Brown how it all came together and he can't really explain… they simply met, practiced together only once to discover it felt like they'd known each other their entire lives and… it was just magic. After demoing five songs and sharing them online to a good response, the band booked their first show with no expectations only to have close to 400 kids show up to hear them. By their third show The Modern Society was nominated for a few Atlanta Music Guide awards and shortly thereafter entered the studio to record their debut.

The making of Friend and Enemies, recorded in Atlanta with local producer Danny Howes, proved to be a frenzied process for the young band. Taking out a loan and cribbing together studio time in between their day jobs, the band members tracked their different parts individually, rarely with another band member in the room. Regardless, The Modern Society soldiered on to craft a winning first album that, by self–releasing on iTunes, earned them enough money to buy a van and hit the road.

After touring the Midwest and Southeast for the better part of a year — including a stop at Milwaukee's Summerfest — the band played a month–long residency in Chicago before heading home to Atlanta to write new songs. Somewhere in between that writing, more touring, road trips across the U.S. and some time spent in Europe, the band uploaded the video for a new song, "Black Daisies," to the Music Nation site. Catching the eye of Original Signal Recordings, Music Nation's sister company and label, the band was chosen as the winner of Music Nation's online rock competition. The Modern Society signed to OSR and headed to Los Angeles to record their second album.

With producer Stacy Jones (Plain White T's, Low vs Diamond, Towers Of London) manning the controls, The Beat Goes On was recorded in a whirlwind three weeks consisting of a hotel with a tree growing through its lobby (the Bevonshire), Hite beer, Willie Chambers at The Kibitz Room, and The Deathstar (the studio, not the spaceship). The resultant ten songs depict the weary loneliness that can come with youth, rebellious young love, and the need to escape — all sprinkled with a distinctive Southern grit. From the anthemic chorus of opener "Matinee" to the sexy, bluesy stomp of "Paper Moon" to the wistful "History," The Beat Goes On is a retro–inspired modern classic. By the time album closer "Mona Lisa" begins, with its wall of sound guitars and rallying cry, don't be surprised to find yourself ready to hit repeat and listen all over again.