Modern Pain are a band from Dallas, Texas who jumped onto our radar when they signed to Bridge Nine Records last February. In March they hit the studio with producer Arthur Rizk (Power Trip, War Hungry, Inquisition) to record their yet-to-be-titled debut full-length that Bridge Nine will release later this summer. Earlier this week they released the first new track that will appear on a two-track preview EP that will be out in May. To get some more info on Modern Pain, I asked guitarist Jay to introduce his band.
Please introduce yourself and your band.
“My name is Jay and I play guitar in a band called Modern Pain.”
How did you come up with the band name, Modern Pain?
“Unfortunately no interesting stories here. Just a result of tossing various words around and some how Modern Pain was put together and stuck from there.”
Define your sound in three words and elaborate on that.
“Caustic, abrasive, aggressive. I think these are fairly self-explanatory.”
You’ve just released the first song from the 2-track EP that will be released in May. I understand this will only be a preview of what the LP has in store. What can we expect from the LP?
“We always hated the difference of how we sounded recorded and what it was like to see us live. We are all finally satisfied and believe that the LP accurately captures what we’ve been building towards since the band started. It is chaotic and spacey and abrasive. At times it takes cues from bands like Scratch Acid and Slint. Friends who have heard it has described it as “In Utero if it was a hardcore record”. While it is definitely still a hardcore punk record, I think there are times where it extends beyond that.”
Noisey recently did an extensive feature on the Dallas punk scene. Can you summarize what makes your scene unique and why it’s worth fighting for?
“Dallas has something for everyone. My favorite band in Dallas right now is Slimy Member. They’re a dark punk band that encompasses everything from anarcho stuff to deathrock to 80’s hardcore. Amazing basslines and a gripping live show. Another personal favorite is Sin Motivo which I can’t begin to explain what they sound like, they’re just a band you have to listen to and see. Other great ones are The Sentenced, Power Trip (of course), a new band that I really love called Kept In Line that is straight Think I Care worship, the list could go on. I don’t think Dallas is in a position where we have to “fight” for anything, but a new spot where we could consistently do smaller shows at would be great.”
Finally, when will Modern Pain make way to Europe?
“You tell me.”
Stream Modern Pain’s new song ‘Peace Delusions’ in the Soundcloud player below.