Modern Faces are an unsigned indie rock band from Dunfermline, Scotland who take their influences from the 60’s and their attitude and swagger from the 90’s. They come with a touch of angst, a dash of debauchery and confidence in spades! Taking inspiration from the likes of The Stones Roses, Oasis and The Verve the band aim to throw some attitude back into British music and bring Brit Rock to the forefront once again.
Modern Faces were originally a four piece band that formed in 2010 by musicians that all possessed a respect and love for British music, a desire to cause mischief as well as a fight to recruit their fifth member, but we'll get to that bit later.
Early on, the lads realised their sound would need to be honed and perfected in order to satisfy their high individual and creative standards. They aspired to be on a par with some incredible musical predecessors and in order to achieve this, not only did the music have to be great, but the Modern Faces experience as a whole had to be unparalleled.
“We love the Stone Roses, Oasis, The Charlatans, Kasabian, The Arctic Monkeys sure, but it’s not just the music with these bands, it's the whole aura that surrounds them.”
After several appearances on the local Dunfermline scene the band had amassed a large following with songs like Break Off, See How They Run and No Mans Land attracting interest all over Scotland. The band was looking to make the next step by releasing an EP locally. At this time they were looking to complete the line up by adding a fifth member, a keyboard player. What happened next wasn’t in the script but is typical of Modern Faces.
One night during one of Lee’s local acoustic sets he was about to find a keyboard player in the most unusual audition ever. Heckling at the bar was another local musician and lad about town; James Shields. After Lee had finished his short set and got a pat on the back from locals, James in his own unique style offended Lee with a snide comment, “Kelly Gallagher” a reference to Stereophonics front man Kelly Jones and Liam Gallagher of Oasis. A few words were subsequently exchanged and this swiftly escalated to one almighty punch up. With their differences settled, and a few more battle scars than they started the night with, they had a few beers and the deal was done… Modern Faces had a keyboard player.
The band’s new multifaceted sound propelled them to fill one of Dunfermline’s respected live venues; Velocity with a capacity of 850. In that one night the now completed No Mans Land EP sold hundreds.
In early 2011 the band put together demos Gun for Hire, Lost in a Moment, Rock n Rolla and distributed them in their usual self-assured way. They swiftly secured management and on the way to a Beady Eye gig called up their manager only for Kasabian front man; Tom Meighan to answer the phone and talk to the lads. The phone conversation culminated with Tom inviting the band to support Kasabian at the Sheffield O2 Academy and Manchester Apollo in June 2011. Two memorable nights with Kasabian playing to 8,000 people and Tom Meighan declaring “Modern Faces remind us of us when we were young, ready and willing to do anything in the name of rock n roll, real highlanders” and the band were hungry for more.
Further tour support slots were secured with The Charlatans, The Rifles, The Animals, Mystery Jets, Shed Seven and an extensive UK tour supporting The Twang. Needless to say these tours provided great exposure and created stories far too graphic for this biography. The lads will save that for their book!
2013 saw the lads focus on writing, recording and their singles launch for Lufthansa in October saw a sold out local crowd of 450 turn up with an additional 400 revellers having to be turned away by door staff. Lufthansa was awarded Indie Rock Track of 2013 as voted by Amazing Radio listeners. In 2014 Lufthansa gained national support from a broadcast on Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch as well as featuring in the Sun Newspapers “One 2 Hear” column, Soccer AM, Sky Sports and synched on the new BBC series of Top Gear.
Patient fans were rewarded with a sold out hometown show in April 2014. The Alhambra, a venue with a capacity of +1,200, saw fans being turned away from the door. The night was one to remember as the lads threw down a blistering set and had special guest support from founding member of Oasis Paul Bonehead Arthurs. A hungry crowd enjoyed the main live show but they weren’t expecting a Modern Faces encore with Bonehead, together performing Oasis’ classic Columbia. A special moment in the week Oasis celebrated the 20th Anniversary of their debut single Supersonic which had Columbia as a B-side.
2014 sees Modern Faces continue where they left off with the release of Matter of Time on the 25th August 2014. Release day saw the track broadcast as XFM Breakout track of the day and later that week, the official video was broadcast nationwide as part of Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch Playlist. The year will continue with promoting the single, release of an EP and a few live shows in the pipeline.