Exposure: So So Modern
- David Pollock
- 17 February 2010
They’re hard men to pin down, are So So Modern. In the midst of a 28-date European tour over 31 days when The List tries and fails to collar them for a chat (somewhere over France, in fact), the quartet from Wellington, New Zealand are clearly adherents to the ‘go hard or go home’ school of touring. In their absence, here’s what you need to know.
Who are they?
Mark Leong (synth/guitar/vocals), Grayson Gilmour (synth/guitar/vocals), Daniel Nagels (drums) and Aidan Leong (synth/vocals) started playing together as SSM in 2004. They’ve been stuck in ‘going to be big’ limbo for much of the past half decade, but that’s allowed them to build up a vibrant back catalogue of indie EPs and a wealth of live experience. 2007 alone saw them play more than 200 shows around the world.
So why should we care about them now?
Following a limited release compilation of their EPs in 2008, their first album proper is out next month. Crude Futures, as it’s so appropriately called, is a record which lives up to SSM’s reputation for eclectic excitement – among it’s standout tracks are ‘Berlin’, a proto-electro instrumental shuffle which exhumes the ghost of Death in Vegas, and ‘Dendrons’, a noisy thrust of angular, synth-tinged punk which calls to mind These New Puritans and Scotland’s own Errors. The latter bunch, in fact, have already made a connection with SSM, and will be playing alongside them on the final dates of this tour – if the Kiwis are still standing, that is.
Sneaky Pete’s, Edinburgh, Wed 24 Feb; Captain’s Rest, Glasgow, Thu 25 Feb.