Mode Moderne have managed to capture everything we love about new wave. Whether it’s the lush synths that lure you in, The Smiths inspired lyrics, or mysteriously intriguing Joy Division-like vocals, Mode Moderne are a must-listen of 2013. The Vancouver quartet (Phillip Intilé, Clint Lofkrantz, Sean Gilhooly, and Rebecca Gray) release their new album Occult Delight in January of next year. We had a chat with Phillip and Clint ahead of its release to talk about their first single, loving new wave, and more.
AMBY: What have you been up to in the past week?
Clint: We’ve been rehearsing, getting ready for our European tour in February.
Phillip: Making videos, taking photos, making tapes and posters and shit to hustle on tour.
AMBY: Your album Occult Delight is set for release in January of next year. What’s the significance behind the title?
P: It’s a lyric and a song title from one of the tracks on the album, a rallying song for freaks and outsiders, sitting in their rooms drawing up strategies for avenging affronts, sweet and tender hooligans. The band heard the lyric and thought it was a great album title, I agree!
AMBY: Looking forward to the release of Occult Delight; how would you describe the overall feel of the LP to fans?
C: We wanted the album to sound cohesive not just “these are the songs we have lets mash them together”. We spent a lot of time re-working old demos and making sure the production had a different feel than our older material. We think this is our best record yet and we think you’ll hear the progression and passion we put in to it.
AMBY: The first single, She, Untamed, is amazing! What’s the story behind the song?
P: Thanks! Here in Vancouver, for a couple of years, we keep having these reports about men sneaking around at night grabbing at women like Neanderthals. I don’t think that this is exclusive to Vancouver, the idea that women are dressing in a way to attract dominant men, asking to be assaulted or to be treated like trash. It’s just such a devolved way of thinking. I think it’s time for young women to take back the night from these mutants that are dragging their knuckles all over town. I’d actually like to see gangs of girls physically assaulting and publicly humiliating these creeps! Lives will halt when she’s having fun!
AMBY: It’s incredible how quickly the track takes me back to my everlasting love of new wave. Which artists are your biggest influence?
C: Peter Hook and Will Sergeant
P: Stephin Merritt
AMBY: Which Mode Moderne lyric is your favourite?
C: Ask the girl with the Mode Moderne tattoo!
AMBY: Where did the name Mode Moderne come from? And what other names had you considered for the band?
P: For one afternoon we were called Mane Moderne because I gave Clint a very hip, very cosmopolitan hair cut and styling.
C: We just didn’t want to be a THE band or an ‘S band.
P: The truth is it’s inspired by the 80’s French synth band Mathematiques Moderne.
AMBY: Has there ever been a song you wish you wrote? And if so, which song?
C: The Smiths – This Charming Man OR Echo & The Bunnymen – The Killing Moon
P: The Magnetic Fields – Deep Sea Diving Suit OR The Art Museums – Paris Cafes
AMBY: If you could invite any three people to record an album with, who would you pick?
P: Martin Newell, Grant McLennan, and Shayde Sartin
C: My bandmates Sean, Phil, and Becs (Awwwww)
AMBY: What’s the best release of the year?
C: Grave Babies – Crusher
P: Dead Ghosts – Can’t Get No
AMBY: And lastly, what’s something about Mode Moderne that nobody knows yet?
C: We’re punk.
Thank you Mode Moderne, for giving us your answers!
Alicia Atout | @AliciaAtout