Modena Vox

Countless “The ________” bands have arisen in the past few years, ably and logically carrying on the traditions of The Ramones, The Replacements, The Clash and (you get the picture), but there has been an obvious paucity of young musicians paying deference to the artists that made it possible for us to use big “A” alternative as an intransitive adjective.  In fact, you can count them on one hand, and when you do, give the big finger in the middle to Modena Vox.  These cats were losing baby teeth when 4AD released Come on Pilgrim, so Alternative music ain’t just a part of their cultural lexicon, it’s a part of their soul.  At least that’s the impression you’ll get when you hear them.

These guys are frog’s-ass tight, with an obvious sense of the song as a whole.  The creatively restrained interplay of J.J. De Libera and Daniel Harris’ guitars creates memorable hooks one might expect if Mike Campbell reminded Jesse Johnson to tell Thurston Moore to show Keith and Woody how to play some of Johnny Marr’s riffs.  Thomas Bragg’s bass sounds like it’s actually connected to Mike Savage’s kick drum, which it could be, considering that they always break simultaneously from their basement descant into a solid, driving framework for front man Anthony Timperman’s swarthy, charismatic baritone.