Category: SubModern Sessions

Zella Day

You may remember the rich, sultry voice of Arizona native Zella Day from last year’s single “Sweet Ophelia” or her folky take on The White Stripes‘ “Seven Nation Army.” Now Zella’s full length debut album Kicker has arrived, featuring the songs you’ve heard from her EP and a lot of new material, running the gamut from from singer-songwriter fare to spaghetti western sounds to dance jams. I recently had the opportunity to sit down with Zella to chat about the record and hear her perform (almost) acoustic versions of some of its tunes, including “East of Eden” and “Jameson,”...

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Hippo Campus

Back in February, Minnesota natives Hippo Campus, fresh out of high school, released their debut EP Bashful Creatures and they’ve been picking up steam ever since. In fact, shortly after the EP was released, the band was among the most talked about new acts at SXSW. Now I realize that all of this was a while ago, but with a very busy summer of touring ahead for the guys, including major festivals like Lollapalooza, Made In America, Reading, and Leeds, it seemed like a good time to revisit their impressive six song set that includes singles “Suicide Saturday” and...

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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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