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Melt Into Modern English's New Album '1 2 3 4' Out February 23!

Modern English

British band Modern English has announced their first album in eight years, titled '1 2 3 4.' Produced by Mario J. McNulty, who has previously worked with renowned artists such as David Bowie, Lou Reed, and Nine Inch Nails. The album features diverse tracks, including keyboard-forward rockers, darkwave-meets-post-punk gems, and punk-bite songs. The album explores themes such as aging, failed relationships, love, and the environment.

The band's keen sense of dynamics is evident throughout the album, with the album-closing track 'Voices' being particularly subdued, bolstered by echoing, Doppler-like sound effects and Robbie Grey's somber vocals. Grey's lyrics are thematically in line with other Modern English albums, with "Not My Leader" being a pointed song inspired by the fact that "it seemed that everybody in charge of the world was completely incompetent." Other favorites include "Not Fake," which Grey says he likes quoting all the things he doesn't like, and "Long In the Tooth," a song about getting older.

Cenzo Townsend mixed the album, which was mastered at Abbey Road Studios. The band recorded the album in a residential studio in upstate New York, with minimal overdubs, to achieve a "raw-sounding affair" that was "more energetic." The album showcases the band's versatility as musicians and lyricists, with Robbie Grey's lyrics thematically in line with other Modern English albums.

Modern English began working on the music for '1 2 3 4' during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown in the spring of 2020. Founding members Robbie Grey and Mick Conroy exchanged ideas remotely, and Conroy set up a temporary home studio in Suffolk, England, with equipment set up in a small kitchen and sent the songs to the band. Modern English then got together to go over the new music.

The release of '1 2 3 4' is essential for any Modern English fan. It delivers the band's signature sound while exploring new creative territories and offers a fresh take on their music. The album showcases the band's versatility as musicians and lyricists and their ability to create music that speaks to both old and new fans.

The band has also announced a series of international tour dates in support of '1 2 3 4.' They will be performing as part of the Totally Tubular Festival across North America throughout June and July, with various well-known artists. A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales will go towards local food banks in each market.

Over the years, Modern English has become widely respected as innovators, with younger generations discovering their catalog, and new artists citing the band as an influence. This increased popularity has translated to sold-out tours and a main stage appearance at the 2023 Cruel World Festival in front of more than 25,000 people.

The upcoming tour dates provide an opportunity to witness Modern English's magic live and experience their energy firsthand. Take advantage of the chance to see this legendary band in action!


09 — Mexico City, MX — Foro Puebla *

12 — Tucson, AZ — Rialto Theatre *

13 — Los Angeles, CA — Teragram Ballroom *


11 — Dortmund, DE — Musiktheater Piano *

12 — Frankfurt, DE — Batschkapp *

13 — Berlin, DE — Huxleys *

14 — Hamburg, DE — Knust *

22 — Copenhagen, DK — Little Vega #

24 — Oberhausen, DE — Kulttemple #

25 — Hague, NL — Paard #

26 — Amsterdam, NL — Paradiso #

27  — London UK — Dingwalls #


02 — Paris, FR — Le Petit Bain #


28 — Santa Barbara, CA – Santa Barbara Bowl ^

29 — Los Angeles, CA – YouTube Theatre ^

30 — Oakland, CA – Fox Theatre ^


03 — Phoenix, AZ — Arizona Financial Theatre ^

06 — Englewood, CO — Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre ^

09 — Irving, TX — Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory ^

10 — Houston, TX — 713 Music Hall ^

13 — Raleigh, NC — Red Hat Amphitheatre ^

16 — Bridgeport, CT — Hartford Healthcare Amphitheatre ^

17 — Boston, MA — MGM Music Hall at Fenway ^

18 — New York, NY — Pier 17 ^

19 — Atlantic City, NJ — Hard Rock Live at Etess Arena ^

20 — Bushkill, PA — Poconos Park Amphitheatre ^

23 — Laval, QC — Place Bell ^

24 — Mississauga, ON — The Theater at Great Canadian Casino Resort ^

26 — Detroit, MI — Meadowbrook Amphitheatre ^

27 — Cincinnati, OH — Riverbend Music Center Amphitheatre ^

28 — Cleveland, OH — Blossom Amphitheatre ^

* — supporting The Buzzcocks

# — headline appearance

^ — Totally Tubular Festival (feat. Thomas Dolby, Thompson Twins’ Tom Bailey, Men Without Hats, The Romantics, Bow Wow Wow, Tommy Tutone, The Plimsouls)

Modern English

1 2 3 4 track listing:

Long In The Tooth

Not My Leader

Not Fake



Crazy Lovers

I Know Your Soul


Out To Lunch



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