When Athens, Georgia quartet Modern Skirts first appeared on the scene in 2005, they were heralded by plenty of people as masters of piano-pop. The band received quite a bit of praise for their debut record Catalogue of Generous Men. When their second album was met with somewhat mixed reviews, the group decided to change things up a bit.
If you need an illustration of the kind of variety these guys are capable of, listen to the catchy,quirky lo-fi gem “Rebecca St. Claire” from Happy 81 EP — which was on a TWJ mix awhile back — and then lend “Bumper Car,” the first single from the band’s forthcoming third LP Gramahawk an ear. “Bumper Car” is gritty — it grinds its gears with synths and keyboards, and lead vocalist Jay Gulley moves from low to high register in a way that’s not quite smooth, but it works well nonetheless.
So give both tracks a listen, make your own comparison and appreciate a band that takes some chances and has some talent.