Miracles of Modern Science at Dominion (10/20/11)
Photo: Jon Klemm
After six years together as a band, Brooklyn based drum + string quartet, Miracles of Modern Science, will be releasing their debut LP, Dog Year on Dec 6, 2011.
The band began at Princeton University when vocalist/bassist Evan Younger and mandolinist Josh Hirshfeld discovered a shared boredom with the status quo of pop and rock. “We felt there was a lack of fun music that was challenging and a lack of challenging music that was fun,” says Hirshfeld. They found kindred spirits in other restless musicians from the school’s orchestras and jazz bands: conductor-by-day cellist Geoff McDonald, Aussie violinist Kieran Ledwidge, and finally powerhouse drummer Tyler Pines, who spurred them to plug their miniature orchestra into amps.
Their debut LP, Dog Year, sounds like an impossible collaboration between David Bowie and Béla Bartók, squeezing symphony-sized crescendos and complex instrumental textures into irresistible, danceable rock songs. MOMS’ lyrics, delivered by Younger’s unhinged baritone, look inward and then upward, communicating earthly emotions through space-bound narrators who would be in good company with Bowie’s Major Tom or Elton John’s Rocket Man. [Press Release]
I don’t have information about their record release show as of yet, but I’d imagine something will be announced shortly. Miracles of Modern Science will be playing a record release show on Dec 6, 2011 (the day the record comes out) at Pianos. More pictures of MOMS from CMJ and their brand new video for their orchestral cover of FTP’s “Pumped Up Kicks” after the jump.
Miracles of Modern Science by Jon Klemm