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  • Modern Skirts - All Of Us In Our Night (2009) - [Indie]



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    ARTIST: Modern Skirts
    TITLE: All of Us in Our Night
    LABEL: Self-Released
    GENRE: Indie
    BITRATE: 192kbps avg
    PLAYTIME: 0h 40m total
    RELEASE DATE: 2009-01-20
    RIP DATE: 2009-03-01

    Track List
    1.  Chanel                           2:54
    2.  Soft Pedals                      3:13
    3.  Chokehold                        2:34
    4.  Radio Breaks                     3:33
    5.  Yugo                             3:34
    6.  Face Down                        3:45
    7.  Conversational                   2:10
    8.  Astronauts                       3:29
    9.  Eveready                         3:47
    10. Motorcade                        3:55
    11. Mrs                              2:59
    12. Like Lunatics                    4:37

    Release Notes:

    Thanks to our hiphop friends ;)

    Ordinary music tends to get classified by genre. Some of this stuff is quite
    exciting, really. It does what you expect it to, but it follows the formula well
    enough that its derivative nature doesn't matter. We call it indie, or pop, or
    modern rock, and we recommend it to listeners who enjoy those styles. But every
    now and then, a band reminds us that when the songs are good enough, and
    innovative enough, genre is the last thing that matters. You don't need to be a
    music major to recognize that the twelve tracks on Modern Skirts' sophomore
    album, All Of Us In Our Night, are unusually constructed. They have unexpected
    twists and turns, chords that startle with their novelty, and melodies that feel
    refreshingly original. And you don't need to be an aficionado to get excited by
    such infectious choruses – they'll get stuck in the heads of neophyte listeners
    and super-hipsters alike. So call it "pop", call it "rock", call it "indie",
    call it "classic" if you must. Better yet, call it what it is- a collection of
    fantastic, irresistible, entirely unclassifiable songs.

    It's been an inexorable rise to prominence for the Athens quartet, and one that
    will only be accelerated by the release of All Of Us In Our Night. Since the
    group formed five years ago, Modern Skirts have sold out shows at the legendary
    40 Watt Club and are regulars at Chapel Hill's Cat's Cradle and NYC's Mercury
    Lounge. This past summer, they traveled to the UK for a second time on a
    successful two week tour, first appearing at the Glastonbury Festival before
    crossing the channel to open for R.E.M. in Amsterdam and joining them in Belgium
    alongside Vampire Weekend and The National at Rock Werchter. They followed these
    shows with a performance on the MTV Stage at the 02 Wireless Festival in London.
    Furthermore, they landed their debut album Paste Magazine's Best of 2005 list,
    placed a track on a Q Magazine radio sampler, performed on the Mountain Stage
    radio program, and showcased at the In The City music festival in Manchester,
    England. Catalogue Of Generous Men, their debut, remains one of the best-loved
    underground records from the Athens scene in years, and the video for their song
    "Pasadena", directed by New Slang Films, received airtime on 40 different

    Music fans all over the world are learning who this band is and are loving what
    they're hearing. So are industry insiders and some world-famous friends. Mike
    Mills of R.E.M. produced a track on All Of Us In Our Night (the insanely catchy
    "Motorcade"). David Lowery of Camper Van Beethoven and Cracker produced another
    five. Nevertheless, as the group proves on the six cuts they produced
    themselves, these songs are so good that it's hard to imagine Modern Skirts'
    sophomore offering being anything but a success. Lead singer and principle
    songwriter Jay Gulley's knack for crafting an undeniably catchy melody keeps our
    ears glued to All Of Us In Our Night from beginning to end. Many cuts are built
    around vintage keyboards and surprising progressions- the gorgeous opener
    "Chanel", for instance, and the radiant "Radio Breaks", which concludes with a
    chorus of muted horns. Phillip Brantley's rhythm guitar pushes along the
    punchier tracks- the marvelously Beatlesque "Astronauts" and the
    Badfinger-dazzling "Soft Pedals". Pianist JoJo Glidewell bounces and struts
    through these twelve songs, illuminating their corners, burying dark layers of
    chords under the aching "Mrs." and sprinkling electric piano over the top of
    "Yugo". Long days spent on the road have turned the band's rhythm section
    (anchored by drummer John Swint) into an unstoppable unit, capable of imparting
    sensitivity to the heady "Soft Pedals", then turning on a dime to storm through
    the rollicking "Eveready". And in keeping with Modern Skirts' classic models,
    everybody sings, and the harmony-vocal arrangements are sophisticated, sweet,
    and effortlessly discharged.