Interview with The Modern Strangers
Nikki Keating | On 28, Dec 2013
I sat down in a little corner on a bar stool and nursed my beer. The Archive has always been a favourite bar of mine, so when The Modern Strangers frontman, Adam Stonehouse, eagerly agreed to meet me here for an interview I figured, if nothing else, the band had a decent taste in beer.
Singer, Adam Stoneshouse, and guitarist, Jeremy Bellis, are two of the four-piece band. As we shouted at each other over the loud conversations of the packed bar, I realised that The Modern Strangers were an accumulation of many years of work.
Formerly known as Trinianâ€™s Boy, The Modern Strangerâ€™s have come from a background of heavy tunes and dirtier sounds. With every member coming from a different walk of life, helping out with other local bands and touring as part of the on stage set, a great deal of experience has come together, resulting in their new sound.
Making up the band is Adam on vocals and guitar, Jeremy on guitar, Owen Tilbury on drums and Niyi A on bass. With the release of their latest single â€˜Lifetimeâ€™, they spoke to me about the struggles of defining their sound.
Adam:Â “Itâ€™s not like we play a whole lot of different sounds, it sounds like us. The difficulty in us trying to describe it is because we take elements from so many different things. For us trying to describe the whole thingâ€¦ I guess itâ€™s an indie rock band?”
Jeremy:Â “Itâ€™s tough for us to answer because I think, weâ€™re so close to what weâ€™re doing we donâ€™t want to sum it up with one identifier”.
Adam:Â “Jeremy will write a bit thatâ€™s got a really rock and roll sound to it and after that weâ€™ll have this bit that has a funk kind of sound to it thatâ€™s really chilled and laid back and we make those two things come together.”
With their next single release still being mixed, the Triple J Unearthed band gave me a sneak peek at the current sound, and I can only agree with them.
The song is really only possible to describe with the term â€˜indie rockâ€™. The places you go and feelings that wash over you when you listen to the piece remind you of bands like The Kooks, Arctic Monkeys and Tame Impala. Yet, the music obviously comes from the evolution of themselves. The song is catchy, affecting and upbeat.
Their previous music slightly more sorrowful and rock influenced, their latest sound is the kind of music you would find yourself dancing to on the woodchip covered grounds of Splendour in the Grass.
Incredible sounds, great guys and a decent taste in beer; check them out.
What: The Modern Strangers perform live with Canyonero, Mazer and Junior Danger
When: January 3rd 2014, doors open 8pm
Where: The Zoo, 711 Ann St, Fortitude Valley QLD
How Much: $10.00 at the door