Interview: Modern Guilt

I recently reviewed Modern Guilt’s latest EP release You’re Welcome and I really enjoyed it, so I decided I wanted to learn more about the band! Find out more below and if you like what you read, then make sure you check their EP out!

By Jane Howkins

You recently released an EP titled You’re Welcome. What can you tell our readers about the EP?

Jaz – It’s comprised mostly of music we finished recording mid lockdown. We had the title for it before we had a name for the band.

Scott – It was great to release the EP, in a way it sort of boxes off what feels like our early sound.

Do you have any plans to release a full-length album in the near future?

Jaz – No plans to release a full length album yet, we are investigating what sounds we like and that suit us inside the format of EPs. It gives us a chance to shift things up faster than if we were working on a cohesive full length album.

Scott – We’re probably going to keep things fresh by releasing another few singles later this year and into 2022, but it’s definitely something we’re building up to in the long term, when the time is right.

What/who influences your music the most? What artists have influenced your music since you started writing and performing?

Scott – As cliché as it sounds, it’s a bit of everything for us as a band – we have our own influences individually, but when we come together to write we find those crossovers. I personally love a lot of motown/soul as well as indie and some of the great 80’s music like early Madonna, Prince and George Michael/Wham! Andreas grew up on a lot of heavier music so it shows how we all bring different elements together to create our sound.

Jaz – My main influences are Dylan, Springsteen, two murakami’s, Jorge Luis Borges, breakfast food, clothing and the weather.

We hear that Bobby Gillespie of Primal Scream was very impressed with your music! How did that feel? Are you Primal Scream fans?

Scott – He’s amazing, they’re amazing – they’re are a huge influence for us. Hopefully we could play together sometime in the future!

Jaz – Primal Scream, for sure. The scope of their tracks is wild, it’s like having someone sat on the switchboard in your head just going to town. Like all kind words though, I need more now.

Do you plan to release any singles at any point?

Scott – We’re almost finished mixing quite a few new tracks and we want to get a new single out soon, so yes! We’ll keep you posted.

Do you have any tour dates lined up?

Scott – We’re working on a few things so will hopefully be able to make announcements soon.

What can people expect from a Modern Guilt gig and why do you think people should come and see you perform live?

Jaz – Joy. We love playing and we love playing to a crowd of people. And people who turn up to shows who can’t seem to digest it fast enough to fill them up – we want you to feel a bit lost when it’s done.

What sort of music have you been listening to recently and what can you recommend to our readers?

Jaz – I’ve been listening to a lot of soul, brilliant contemporary artists like Curtis Harding (his new single is a real gem) alongside the classic motown and then Elvis, Roy Orbison and Charlie Parker.

Scott – Always a bit of everything, sometimes I get really into older music properly for the first time – recently I’ve been diggin’ ABBA. Aside from that, newer acts like Eliza Shaddad – she recently released her second album, check her out – she’s great. And I’m really into the new Jungle album.

Has the pandemic hindered your work as a band much? Would you ever consider doing socially distanced gigs?

Jaz – The pandemic has hindered us a band as we do so much work together. It’s a collaborative process and it’s never going to be the same when you do it in isolation. There was also a lot of pressure within lockdown to create, given the time. I find it hard when I witness people being prolific, I worry it presents as proof of my fraudulence. And all that’s before you look at the other ramifications of being witness to a pandemic, how it plays out for you personally and around you. It has felt more like a prolonged elevator ride and when you reach your floor, eighteen months has disappeared or condensed into the chronological equivalent of an old mint. So it’s been weird.

Jaz – Socially distanced shows feel like skimmed milk. I’d rather not? But that’s for what we play, not for all music by any means. But if everyone were In those giant inflatable balls like human dodgems, I’d play that.

Any last words for the fans?

Scott – Thanks for all the support so far, we’ll be seeing you soon