Category: SubModern Sessions

Tokyo Police Club

Canadian indie rockers Tokyo Police Club have been longtime SubModern favorites, going back to their 2007 EP A Lesson In Crime. During the making of last year’s TPC album Forcefield, singer/bassist Dave Monks moved to New York City from his “home and native land” of Canada. Monks also got into a new relationship, which helped inspire the songs that make up his first solo release, the EP All Signs Point To Yes. The six song set is full of minimalist, charming tunes, kicking off with the handclaps and keyboards of “Vegas.” You’ve heard the single “Gasoline,” which is actually...

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Big Harp

The L.A. husband and wife duo of Chris Senseney and Stefanie Drootin-Senseney make up the core of Big Harp, who recently became a full-fledged three piece, with the addition of drummer Daniel Ocanto, for their third album Waveless. The new album finds the band exploring a more rock-oriented sound than their previous two. With songs like “Diev,” “Numbers,” “Golden Age,” and “Image” all receiving specialty airplay in the weeks since the album’s release, I was happy to have the opportunity to sit down with Chris and Stefanie for our latest SubModern Session. You can hear them talk about the...

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Beach Slang

In their short time as a band, Philadelphia’s Beach Slang have had a great deal of success, leading to the release this week of their full length debut The Things We Do To Find People Who Feel Like Us. There is some pedigree here as front man James Alex hails from veteran Pennsylvania punk band Weston, not to say that Beach Slang hasn’t earned their own cred. Following two EPs in 2014, the band signed with Polyvinyl Records for this intense 27 minute, 10 song body of work, which I recently got to chat with them about for our...

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Sunflower Bean

You’ve been hearing a lot from Brooklyn trio Sunflower Bean for a little while now.  They recently released their debut full length album Human Ceremony.  Last month I had the opportunity to sit down with the band for a chat and to oversee a live studio session including performances of songs from the album at Kawari Sound in Wyncote, PA.  Sunflower Bean is Julia Cumming on bass and vocals, Jacob Faber on drums, Nick Kivlen on guitar and vocals JL: Congratulations on the album! I heard a bunch of the shows on this tour have been sold out. JC:...

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TEEN

Brooklyn’s TEEN, comprised of sisters Teeny, Lizzie, and Katherine Lieberson, along with Boshra AlSaddi, just released their third full length album Love Yes last week and I recently had the opportunity to chat with them about the record at Spice House Sound in Philadelphia. JL: Love Yes is your third album. What have you learned along the way that influenced how you made this record? TL: I think we’ve just become a better band. Since Boshra joined, we’ve toured a lot. I think that’s changed our dynamic of how we write and play music and influenced how our sound...

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