MODERN LIFE IS WAR – Fever Hunting

Modern Life is War - Fever HuntingA five year hiatus is all it took for one of hardcore’s best to make a comeback.  Simply put, Fever Hunting is a damn good album and one that sees the original line up of MODERN LIFE IS WAR doing what they do best – making music that matters.

As we’ve come to expect from the band, their music is all about wearing their hearts on their sleeves and the passion and emotion exude from every note and shout.  After stretching out and briefly warming up with “Old Fears, New Frontiers,” the band get right into it with their driving riffs, melodies, and impassioned singing. The song range from the slower, more “dramatic” “Chasing My Tail” and “Blind are Bleeding” to the uptempo melodics of “Media Cunt” to the tension filled title track.  The production is immaculate from the immaculate Kurt Ballou (CONVERGE).

Much of extreme music is gimmick centric and often does not reach fans on a profound level.  Not the case here.  One listen and you’ll quickly feel that Fever Hunting is something very special, something that is overwhelmingly positive.  Gentleman, Welcome back, MODERN LIFE IS WAR!  (Deathwish Inc.)

MODERN LIFE IS WAR – Midnight in America

MODERN LIFE IS WAR’s star continues to rise with their most accomplished album in Midnight in America. They’ve been able to hone that raw, youthful energy into a progressive and dynamic musical technique and approach. Midnight in America aspires to be a powerfully emotional and diverse album. The mood is always declared from the outset of each song and the band work to maintain and present each vibe. Thankfully, MODERN LIFE IS WAR dutifully accomplishes their mission. Lyrically, the themes and stories are akin to folk story telling of forgotten American tales by a hardcore punk band. There are some moments when MODERN LIFE IS WAR takes on almost MOGWAI-like heavy atmosphere, as well as riffing. However, they build their foundations on their relentless strumming of guitar chords and lively tempos. To top off the album, there’s a feel of honesty and conviction that is refreshing and invigorating to hear. All in all, Midnight in America is a winner and perhaps one of the most spirited albums of the year. (Equal Vision Records)

Watch the Making of MODERN LIFE IS WAR’s New Album

While MODERN LIFE IS WAR were recording their upcoming album Midnight in America with legendary producer J. Robbins, a short film was made that documents the recording process.

Click here to watch a clip of this film that shows some of the time and energy that went into creating the album, and what the band does during their free time in the studio.

MODERN LIFE IS WAR are currently on tour with HE IS LEGEND and MAYLENE & THE SONS OF DISASTER (ex-UNDEROATH) through the beginning of August.

Midnight in America will be available in stores and online Tuesday, August 21st.

Tour Dates:
07/17 – Sauget, IL – Pops Nite Club – 07:00 PM
07/18 – Shelbyville, IN – The Sanctuary – 06:30 PM
07/19 – Cincinnati, OH – Bogart’s – 07:00 PM
07/20 – Detroit, MI – The Magic Stick – 07:00 PM
07/21 – Louisville, KY – Bulldog Cafe – 07:00 PM
07/24 – Manchester, MD – Ottobar – 07:00 PM
07/25 – Philadelphia, PA – The Fillmore at the TLA – 07:00 PM
07/26 – South Hackensack, NJ – School of Rock – 07:30 PM
07/27 – New York, NY – The Knitting Factory – 06:45 PM
07/28 – Peekskill, NY – Peekskill Elks Lodge – 07:00 PM
07/29 – Troy, NY – Revolution Hall – 07:30 PM
07/30 – Providence, RI – Living Room Inc. – 07:30 PM
07/31 – Worcester, MA – The Palladium – Upstairs – 07:00 PM
08/04 – Wilmington, NC – The Soapbox Laundrolounge – 07:30 PM

MODERN LIFE IS WAR Sign with Equal Vision Records

Iowa-based melodic hardcore/punk band, MODERN LIFE IS WAR, have signed with Equal Vision Records.

“We chose to sign with Equal Vision for a couple reasons,” explains vocalist Jeffrey Eaton. “Number One, because they can give us the support we need to keep touring year round. And number two, because the label is driven by music and not trends, images and marketing schemes like so many other prominent record labels.”

MODERN LIFE IS WAR are currently at home writing the follow-up to their 2005 album, Witness, but will be taking a break in February to preview some new songs on the road with AMBITIONS AND THE GEEKS. Following the tour, MODERN LIFE IS WAR has studio time booked with legendary indie/punk producer J. Robbins to lay down tracks for the upcoming album, which will also be available on vinyl through Lifeline Records.

Tour dates:
2/18 – Kansas City, MO @ The Anchor
2/19 – St. Louis, MO @ Lemp Arts Center
2/20 – Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen
2/21 – Indianapolis, IN @ The Underground
2/22 – Dayton, OH @ The Water Front
2/23 – Mt. Clemens, MI @ Hayloft Liquor Stand
2/24 – Beloit, WI @ Beloit University


CONVERGE, who are nearing the end of their current tour with MASTODON, have announced the dates for their upcoming No Heroes US tour with MODERN LIFE IS WAR and SOME GIRLS.  Dates thus far are as follows:

11/1: Richmond, VA @ Alley Katz (also w/ GOSPEL)
11/2: Harrisonburg, VA @ Guzmans (also w/ GOSPEL)
11/3: Wilmington, NC @ Soapbox Laundro – Lounge (also w/ GOSPEL)
11/4: Columbia, SC @ New Brookland Tavern (also w/ GOSPEL)
11/5: Jacksonville, FL @ Thee Imperial (also w/ GOSPEL)
11/6: West Palm Beach, FL @ Respectable Street (also w/ GOSPEL)
11/7: Orlando, FL @ TBA
11/9: Birmingham, AL @ Cave 9
11/10: Metairie, LA @ The High Ground
11/11: Houston, TX @ Meridian Red Room
11/12: San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
11/13: Austin, TX @ Emo’s
11/15: Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade (also w/ KYLESA)
11/16: Nashville, TN @ The Anchor
11/17: Louisville, KY @ Headliners Music Hall (also w/ KYLESA)
11/18: Pittsburgh, PA @ Lawrenceville Moose (also w/ KYLESA)
11/19: Syracuse, NY @ The Furnace
11/20: Albany, NY @ Valentine’s (also w/ KYLESA)
11/24: South Hackensack, NJ @ School of Rock (also w/ GOSPEL)
11/25: Baltimore, MD @ Otto Bar (also w/ BLACKLISTED)
11/27: Buffalo, NY @ Showplace Theatre (also w/ BLACKLISTED)
11/28: Cleveland, OH @ Peabodys (also w/ BLACKLISTED)
11/30: Philadelphia, PA @ The Starlite Ballroom (also w/ BLACKLISTED)

CONVERGE‘s new album, No Heroes, is set to drop October 24th through Epitaph Records.

A special double-gatefold vinyl reissue of the band’s Petitioning the Empty Sky and When Forever Comes Crashing called Petitioning Forever is shipping to Deathwish Inc. and available for pre-ordering soon.