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Site Updated 2017.05.06

2017 Germany Tour Just Announced!

Oct 3 - Wiesbaden - Schlachthofe (Kesselhaus)
Oct 4 - Munchen - Strom
Oct 5 - Berlin - SO36

Oct 6 - Hannover - Chez Heinz
Oct 7 - Hamburg - Monkey's Music Club

Modern English Cancel Remaining US Tour Dates 3/27-4/16

Modern English Fans, Pledgers, Concert Goers, we are so sorry to let you know we’ve cancelled the rest of our remaining Take Me To The Trees tour dates in March and April. Our Guitarist, Gary McDowell, was hospitalized Friday morning after a great show in Los Angeles. Gary is in stable condition following Emergency Surgery. See our statement and more info here.

For Pledgers: Most of the Pledge offering are intact and beginning to mail to you this week.  We plan to make good on all VIP Meet & Greet and tour experiences, as soon as this Summer.  We were able to record a live show too so, the Live CD is still in the works and we're hoping it's up to snuff.  All the other pledge items are beginning to ship this week.  Again, thanks for all the support and for sticking with us.  We'll be back as we plan to reschedule the dates as soon as Gary is ready.  In the meanwhile, our thoughts are with our band mate and we'll be in touch with all updates when we have them.  ME

Modern English 2017 US Tour!

:: March 2017 ::
March 14-16 - Austin, TX - SXSW
March 19 - Tuscon, AZ - The Rialto Theatre
March 21 - Phoenix, AZ - Valley Bar
March 22 - San Diego, CA - The Casbah
March 23 - Los Angeles, CA - The Regent
March 24 - Oakland, CA - Oakland Metro Operahouse

Until Further Notice

More Details Here

March 27 - Portland, OR - Star Theatre
March 28 - Seattle, WA - Neumos
March 30 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge
March 31 - Denver, CO
Larimer Lounge

:: April 2017 ::
April 2 - Kansas City, MO - Record Bar
April 3 - St. Louis, MO - Off Broadway
April 5 - St. Paul, MN - Turf Club
April 6 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle
April 7 - Ferndale, MI - The Loving Touch
April 8 - Pittsburgh, PA - Rex Theatre
April 10 - Washington, DC - Rock N Roll Hotel
April 11 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda's
April 13 - Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall
April 14 - Brooklyn, NY - Rough Trade
April 16 - Toronto, ON - Adelaide Hall



Long awaited new album Take Me To The Trees
Out Now 2/24/17 & A
vailable to Order!

Rough Trade


After reuniting in 2009 and a successful US tour in 2013, British post-punk/pop craftsmen Modern English, are proud to announce that they will be returning to The States in May/June beginning on 5/11 in Seattle and ending 6/7 in Boston. Titled the “Mesh & Lace Tour", named after their 1981 debut album, this is the first time that the band, (original founding members, vocalist Robbie Grey; bassist Mick Conroy; guitarist Gary McDowell; and keyboardist Stephen Walker, along with drummer Roy Martin, who originally toured with the band in 1986), will be performing the album in its entirety.  The tour also celebrates the soon to be released reissue of Mesh & Lace on CD and Opaque Green Vinyl and 200 Gram vinyl, and the CD and vinyl re-release of After the Snow, both on Drastic Plastic Records.  This is the first time the vinyl for Mesh & Lace has been available in the US.  You can also purchase these on the Official ME Merch Store!

According to bassist Conroy, “It took us 2 weeks to make Mesh & Lace.  We didn't really know what we were doing, but knew what we wanted it to sound like.  Noisy and pounding, and atmospheric at the same time.  I guess these days it’s called 'post punk'.  When we play these songs live today, I am reminded of the energy and chaos that we put down on tape back in early 1981.”

Since the band’s last tour, they’ve been working on their eagerly awaited eighth record, their first since 2010’s “Soundtrack”.  The Pledge Music-supported album will feature artwork by iconic 4AD sleeve designer Vaughn Oliver, and is produced by Martyn Young, a founding member of 4AD's band Colourbox.

Known for their sonic and multi-layered music, LCD frontman James Murphy told Derrick Rossignol of “Music Mic” in his article "13 Albums That the Most Successful Musicians Listen To" that the closing track from Mesh & Lace, "Dance of Devotion" is  "possibly one of the best and most underrated screaming British punk/new wave songs."  He said of the album, "That record is a sneaky secret that everyone writes off, because they just think it's going to be a 'Melt With You,' but it sounds way scarier than any Joy Division record."

On the band’s 2013 US tour, David Klein from Raleigh’s “Independent Weekly” wrote, “Their non-‘I Melt With You’ songs deliver a solid, dark new wave kick, more likely to give you a chill than to induce melting” and Aidan Levy from the “Village Voice” proclaimed, “…Modern English's diverse body of work shows an evolving aesthetic that transcends Thatcher-era malaise. Their electrifying live shows testify to frontman Robbie Grey's lasting charisma….”

In the words of Grey, “Mesh & Lace is Modern English growing branches, like a tree, experimenting with sound and atmosphere.  We were young and daring.  It’s my favorite album because it’s all us.  The ideas are all ours.”- Press Release, Howlin' Wuelf Media

Listen to "Black Houses" from "Mesh & Lace"