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Mick Conroy, Guitars   Gary McDowell, Guitars   Robbie Grey, Vocals   Stephen Walker, Keyboards

The Future's Open Wide... 

  1. We compile News & other sources on this page, so check back often
  2. Join in the discussion with band members, record labels, and many fans!
  3. Join the forum today and discuss the latest news and topics! 

Watch the official video of "Sweet Revenge" from the new album Take Me To The Trees

17 June 2019

Meet Modern English! VIP package Meet & Greets are available here for each city or you can purchase regular tickets here!  * Tickets and VIP Meet & Greets sold separately.

There will be a new limited edition 7" of I Melt With You featuring brand new art by Vaughan Oliver in 2019.   Also, there will be a limited edition lithograph of the new I Melt With You artwork designed by Vaughn Oliver.  
We will be selling these signed copies on the US Tour along with all our other merchandise.

01 March 2019

Modern English is still working on new material and will be touring this summer in the US with The Alarm and Jay Aston's Gene Love Jezebel.  You cannot miss this tour!  Check back here and also the Facebook tours page for details.

15 May 2018

Modern English has written a lot of new material and plans to start recording this Summer.  They also have select shows in Europe and will be spending the rest of the Summer touring with The Retro Futura Tour.  See home page, news, tour dates, or Retro Futura Tour Website for more details.

05 Nov 2017

See a show at a city near you!  The band has arrived in America!  Check home page or tour page for dates.  You can also keep up to date on the facebook events page with Modern English.

16 Sept 2017

The rumor is true!  The band will coming back to The States in November for a month long Fall US Tour.  See home page or tour page for more details.  You can also keep up to date on the facebook events page.

05 Sept 2017

Rumor has it that the band will be coming back Stateside in November 2017....stay tuned!

USA Summer 2017 RetroFutura Tour

Get your 80's groove on with Modern English and other great bands playing the RetroFutura Tour!  Check them out at

24 February 2017

Excellent News!  Brand NEW LP, Record, Vinyl, CD release for Modern English's album Take Me To The Trees was released today 24 February 2017.  Get your copy at one of the following official stores:

  1. The Official Modern English Merch Store
  2. Amazon
  3. iTunes
  4. Rough Trade
  5. Kartel

12 Dec 2016

Take Me To The Trees is available for pre-order.  Street release date is February 2017.  Modern English Announce 2017 US Tour which include all original band Members again, playing their first original line-up album in 30 years!  Don't miss out on all the pre-exclusive tour items available in your city!  Also, Pledge vinyl orders are being sent.  Vinyl will be available soon.  Many exciting things going on the Modern English front, so stay tuned... 

22 Sept 2016

Pledge orders are being sent.  Vinyl will be available shortly.  Please contact pledge via the website or facebook for if you have any serious issues.  The guys are working on a video for "Sweet Revenge"...more news soon on this.

18th June 2016

The Gang's back from the 2016 US Tour and just finished mastering their new album! It is now ready for digital download through Pledge Music!  Album artwork and title will soon be revealed along with the rest of your pledges.  In the meantime you can download all 10 new songs here if you haven't done so already!  Cheers, Listen, Enjoy! ~ Modern English

29th April 2016

Tour Dates updated and changed a few venues including San Antonio and Dallas, TX...both with new venues, 25th Florida venue updated, and some removed.  Please see Home Page or Tour Page for more details.

Also critically acclaimed musician & drummer Roy Martin will be joining the band this tour!  He last toured with the original band in 1986 on the Stop Start tour.

April 25, 2016

New and Original Modern English Merchandise store items coming soon!

March 28, 2016

The 80's Cruise was a Blast from the Past! We're also looking forward to the 2016 North American Mesh & Lace Tour and New Album is set to release May 2016.  Tour Dates have been updated with exception to a few that are still TBA, please check back soon.

October 6, 2015

This is happening.

Posted by Modern English on Tuesday, October 6, 2015

September 17, 2015

Via Facebook: We have started to Mix our New LP, here in Suffolk.  More updates soon...


We have started to Mix our New LP, here in Suffolk..More updates soon...

Posted by Modern English on Thursday, September 17, 2015

September 7, 2015

Listen to the latest interview from Robbie Grey on "The Beats and Eats Podcast" internet radio.  I Melt With You from Modern English is heard everyday on the radio, in movies, and on tv. The virtual lounge welcomes the writer of that classic, Robbie Grey to Beats and Eats. Ty and Nick talk to Robbie about what inspired this monster hit. Plus the trio talk about how the band has preserved for more than 30 years. To conclude the episode Nick and Ty chat with Dane Butcher, director of operations for the 80's Cruise. The trio discuss all the events planned for this once in a lifetime 80's themed trip planned for February 2nd through March 6th of 2016. For more information go to the - You can stream or download the mp3 podcast and listen to it here or there.

July 24,2015

Happy Birthday Robbie!  To help celebrate this day and into the future, you & your friends, or family (or both!) can get a great deal with the 80's cruise to help celebrate the band's 37th year next year, a new album release, an American Tour, and also celebrate this and more at the 80's cruise!  Please visit for more details!

July 15,2015

Modern English will be returning to America to perform their early 4AD material in the following cities:

Dates TBA

Vancouver, BC
Seattle, WA
Portland, OR
Sacramento, CA
San Francisco, CA
Los Angeles, CA
San Diego, CA
Phoenix, AZ
El Paso, TX
Houston, TX...

Austin, TX
Dallas, TX
New Orleans, LA
Atlanta, GA
Chapel Hill, NC
Richmond, VA
Baltimore, MD
Philadelphia, PA
New York, NY
Boston, MA
Rochester, NY
Cleveland, OH
Detroit, MI
Indianapolis, IN
Chicago, IL

Please e-mail any offers/proposals to

March 15, 2015

Hi everyone,
Just had the latest update on the new material from Mick Conroy:

"...we are still going at it..we are in asylum studio in Rendlesham. 
Its slow, but going well..titles so far:"

Sweet Revenge
I Feel Small
Do You Hear The People Sing?
Come Out Of Your Hole
Dark Cloud
It Don't Seem Right..

Also, NEW 2015 European Dates are updated at the Tour Page here.

December 17, 2014

See Modern English and other legendary bands play The 80's Cruise!
February 28th - March 6th 2016!

The 80s Cruise

Also, the band is putting the finishing touches on the new album in the studio! Stay Tuned!

February 18, 2014

In addition to the London gig the guys have now arranged an additional gig in Colchester and a gig in Germany, Switzerland and the Netherlands. The full tour dates so far are located on the Tours Page.

December 15, 2013
Added one gig in London for June 2014, check out the tour dates here.  The guys are finishing up the new album and should arrive in 2014 soon. 

June 22, 2013 **Updated Aug 08, 2013

Just got word from Mick about new dates & venues for United States part of the 2013 Tour, some of these have not even been added to the hosting venue websites, so you may have to give them a call if needed.  That's how fresh these are!  Go catch a show, hear some new songs, and purchase some new merchandise!

May 27, 2013

New USA & UK Tour Dates have been updated on the Tours Dates page.  Also, just got word from Robbie that the new material should be out around this Summer 2013!  More venue tour dates are also coming soon! So stay tuned into this space!

March 2nd, 2013

Here's a feel for the new material & album, one song filmed live last tour, a song called Moonbeam!

February 26th, 2013

Wishing Modern English A Happy 30th Anniversary! ('After The Snow' debuted in 1983 and it's already 2013!?  Awesome!) Happy Birthday to Modern English & their popular Album 'After The Snow'!

To Support the NEW 2013 Album release, join & post on the 
Modern English Forum to contribute your thoughts, ideas, or opinions for any new suggestions for the band members and/or fellow fans to consider...

Most of the Modern English News is straight from Richard (Who Runs 
The ME Forum Really Well and Very Thorough!):

Newest Forum Update:

Hi everyone,

I thought it was about time I posted something up to let you know that things are still happening. Though the guys are taking some time off work is still going on for the new tracks. The studio live recordings are currently being mixed and should hopefully be ready by the Spring. I've heard the bands new recording of 'Someone's Calling' and it's brilliant. The guys are still working on the new songs as well and still plan to release them this year.

As well as that plans are also being readied for tours which will include more of the new tracks. 2013 promises to be one of the most exciting years for fans of Modern English for a very long time. Watch this forum for more information.


P.S. special thanks to you for keeping the forum alive. If only more fans were as 
forum chatty as you."

October 8th, 2012

While on tour The Band recorded some new cutz for the new album due out in late 2012 or early 2013...stay tuned!

September 4th, 2012

Well after the disappointment of a cancelled UK Tour, Modern English is heading back to sunny Florida USA! Go to the Tours Page for latest dates!

August 28, 2012

Modern English regret to announce, due to unforeseen circumstances, that the 2012 UK Tour has been postponed/cancelled beyond our control. We would like to sincerely apologize to our UK Fans or to anyone that has been inconvenienced by this. We would also like for you to know that plans are already in motion to organize a new 2013 UK please stay tuned!

June 14, 2012

New dates posted for upcoming UK September 2012 Tour!  Vist the Tours Page or Forum for new dates.


May 29, 2012

New dates posted for this coming July 2012 tour.  Some of these are vague at the moment, but the details will keep rolling in.  Please keep up to date here at the Tours Page or the Modern English Forum.

March 28, 2012

Rumor has it that the band are still working and finishing up their new album, recorded with all original members.  Stay tuned!

Oct 01, 2011

Kevin Dermody filmed a nice overview of the concert in Orlando, Florida; at The Abbey...check it out on the Tours Page! Very Nice! Thanks Kevin...nice job!!!!

Sept 28, 2011

Excellent reviews of the current US September Tour below! 

Yes, the "Future's Open Wide!"

    The Return of Modern English!

    Modern English is Not a One Hit Wonder!

Sept 20, 2011

The Boys are back in town, the Southeast and Florida that is! Check out the tour dates page for your local venue.

Also, possible dates in November, watch this space!

Sept 8, 2011

New Robbie Grey Interview!

Robbie Grey covers the early days, how the band started, the difficult times and the excitment of being back with the band again writing new material. To hear this 24 minute long interview you will need to register as a member of the forum and then get the link and password in the 'Registered Members Area' of the forum here! Well worth it!

Sept 01, 2011 (New 2012 Release by Original Members!)

Possible New Album to be released in 2012!!!! Support the band by submitting your email and getting the "all-in-one" free download of the film version of 'I Melt With You', Newsletter, other possible releases, and more by
visiting the Pledge widget or read the Home Page for more details!

Aug 25, 2011

Check out the upcoming US Tour Dates for September 2011 on Tours Page!

Aug 15, 2011

Plenty of good news to go around! Check out the front page of the website, there's plenty of things going on with Modern English.
  1. The Band are offering a free download of the new 2011 version of "I Melt With You" specifically made for the film "I Melt With You"!  Visit front page or left menu for the download.            
  2. A new book created named Put The Needle On The Record includes Gathering Dust Artwork from Modern English"Put the Needle on the Record: The 1980s at 45 Revolutions per Minute, is finally going to press, and Modern English is featured on its own page, with commentary.  It looks fantastic!"  Says Author, Matthew Chojnacki.  Preorder at Amazon US or Amazon UKMatthew is also working on a website for the book, in the meantime please visit Facebook or the above links for more information.
  3. NEW Links added to the left main menu so make sure you check them out!  These include old Memorabilia, Flyers, and Posters from some Vintage Modern English, enjoy!
  4. Don't forget to ask Robbie a Question on the forum by August 28th!  See previous post for more details (below). 

July 28, 2011 [Part I of II]

(Exclusive Fan Forum Interview with Lead Singer Robbie Grey!  One Month from today)

Great News!
  Lead singer Robbie Grey has agreed to an exclusive interview on 28th August, by Richard, who runs the fan forum (and does an outstanding job doing it!).  If you haven't signed up to be part of the fan forum yet, please do, and keep up with the latest news about the band. 

If not, this interview will also be open to both regsitered and unregistered fans; having this very rare opportunity to ask Robbie their very own question(s)!  Wow, that's awesome!

To participate, please visit the fan forum here or you can also send Richard an email at for any questions, suggestions, ideas, or discussion you would like to ask or tell Robbie about!  Wow, you cannot miss this!  Looking forward to the questions and answers generated from this exclusive interview/question session with Robbie and Modern English Fans!

July 28, 2011 [Part II of II]

Modern English will be holding two more concerts in the UK in August, check out the Tours Page for more information!  Very special gigs and very limited quantity on these tickets!  They will go fast! 


July 22, 2011

Full tour itinerary documents and the two 1984 Fanzines to the discography, plus of course all the photo's and video from the recent UK tour are NOW Available Online!

  Check out the Tour Details here!

  Link for the Fanzines

  Link for the UK Tour Photo's!

May 23, 2011

Tour Dates updated on the Tours Page.  Also a NEW Discography page was created by Richard Anvil.  See Discography link on the main menu.  Enjoy!

Also, word is that Modern English might be coming back to The States for a tour late this year.  Stay tuned!

April 11, 2011


 Tour Dates Added in the UK...see Tour Dates page for more details!

Also updated the Modern English Discography to reflect the complete catalogue, see Discography page for more information!

March 14, 2011

Things are finally starting to come together for the first Modern English Tour of the UK and Europe in almost 25 years!  Tickets are NOW On Sale for the first two confirmed dates (see below for details) with others coming shortly...

11 June 2011, Tunbridge Wells Forum, UK

25 June 2011, Colchester Arts Centre, UK

January 11, 2011

The New Movie 'I Melt With You' which is in post-production, is set to be released January 21st.  The movie will include the original version of 'I Melt With You' plus a totally new version of the song that the band specially recorded for the movie.  The original version of 'Gathering Dust' is also included in the movie. 

You can visit the Modern English Forum or Internet Movie Database for more details!

Some other information about the film can found here, herehere, and here just to name a few.

Stay tuned for more information about the movie, the song, and the band Modern English!

August 29, 2010

A new EP will be available for download from Darla, iTunes & Amazon. 

The tracks listing is;
1. Blister (album version)
2. Happiness Training (previously unreleased track)
3. It's OK (demo version)
4. Here Comes The Failure (demo version)

August 25, 2010

The Band IS nearly ready to Jam and hit the Scene for the upcoming September Tour in North America!  All known dates have been posted for September 2010!  You should head out and see the guys play live this time's like no other experience!  It may have been 30 years and 7 albums later, but the sound is bold and fresh enhancing both new & old songs.  Break Away and see the NEW Modern English SoundExperience IT!!!!

August 5, 2010

The Band is warming up for the September Tour in North America.  We will post them as the dates roll in!  Check back soon...Modern English may be coming to a town near you!

July 15, 2010

Welcome Back Mick!  Wishing you guys a great gig in Toronto tonight!

If your attending or want to attend the NYC Concert at Le Poisson Rouge tomorrow July 16th, try your luck at this contest first!  Follow the instructions on The Music Slut homepage here.  Good Luck!

July 14, 2010

Latest Stuff "On The Road" with Modern English:

1. You can now view the XRT Chicago Radio Interview in full video mode.

2. Check out some Chicago Concert pics from Chicago Music Guide.

3. Modern English was just interviewed yesterday by MTV's Matt Pinfield on 101.9 RXT in New York, little chat and 2 songs live in the studio, it will be broadcast this Thursday during the 8am show in NYC, you can listen tomorrow (morning of Thursday July 15th in the USA) here at 8am EST or 9am CST, etc.

4. Check out yesterday's performance in Fords, NJ at Vintage Vinyl.

July 13, 2010

1. Latest & greatest article about the current lineup of Modern English.

2. You can now listen to the XRT radio broadcast from last Friday July 9th here or play it below:

3. I also wanted to say that I met the band at the Chicago Show on Sunday, and also met many fans, fellow forum members, and had a BLAST!  The guys rocked out like never before, it blew the original album recordings out of the water!  They sounded so fresh and new too!  Let's hope some new studio recordings or live tracks come out of this tour!?  I'll post more information on the forum here within the next day or so when i get a chance!

4. Also, today the Band will be performing FREE at Vintage Vinyl in New Jersey...Go Check Them Out if you can, you will not regret it, MODERN ENGLISH WILL ROCK THAT PLACE OUT!!!!

July 09, 2010

Many NEW things from Chicago, IL USA WGN TV & Radio, plus Twitter...the band will be tweeting from show to show, between shows, and more while in the keep up with the gang here or just click the twitter icon at the bottom of this page when visiting any website page.

1. Official Store Now Online!  Check out Link to on Main Menu or click here!

New Official Store Is Live!  The Band is selling the "I Melt With You" tee shirt (original art by Vaughn Oliver) and is the exclusive store for the 4ad reissues of Mesh and Lace,  After the Snow and Ricochet Days not available anywhere else.  It's the only place to find all these CD's.  The new Soundtrack CD is also available.  More items will follow...

2. Also follow the latest from the news page (you're already here!), twitter, or forum.

3. Modern English will also play "WGN Breakfast TV in Chicago".

    Go check it out here or also here.

4. Modern English Live on WXRT Chicago TODAY 1pm!
    Also check out the article from 93 WXRT Radio.
    The XRT Radio performance that took place today will be available next week.
    We will most definitely post the video link here when it is available.

5. Tomorrow, 07/10 Modern English will be kicking off the tour in Louisville, KY.

July 07, 2010

The Band arrives back in the USA!  Welcome Back Modern English!

"Tweet Out!" to the Guys a BIG "WELCOME BACK!" if you can.  They're getting ready for the upcoming shows!  Do you have your ticket yet?  If not, visit the tour dates page!

Other News:  Modern English Official Store Coming Soon!

June 28, 2010

Richard Anvil (Forum Administrator) has met up with the original band members (except for lead singer Robbie Grey) and enjoyed a Tranquil Afternoon with Gary McDowell, Mick Conroy, and Stephen Walker

This is a Great conversation with Gary, Mick, and Stephen, and some trivia in between..go check it out at the forum, join, and make a comment!

Also, Richard collected tons of memorabilia from the band which he is sorting through...he will scan, post, and take note of everything that the band gave him.  Some of this neat memorabilia and trivia is already posted up on the forum!  We will also post these pictures on the website photo album soon.
1. The Set Lists from First Modern English gigs
The Lepers Gig Flyer
Gary's Movie & TV Apperance 1980
The pre-4AD demo's and 1st single 'Drowning Man' 

June 27, 2010

Added another semi-confirmed gig at 
Sausalito Art Festival.

June 23, 2010 

The band will also be playing a FREE 'In store' concert in New Jersey Tuesday, July 13th at 7pm.

Vintage Vinyl Records
51 Lafayette Road
Fords, NJ 08863

June 18, 2010

Welcome Back Gary!

It looks like Gary McDowell made it back from Thailand and is now practicing with the band for the upcoming tour!

June 17, 2010

New Modern English T-shirts by Vaughn Oliver for the upcoming Summer 2010 Tour!

June 14, 2010

"I Melt With You" MIDI file available for your instrument use: keyboard, synthesizer, or other instruments.  Download the file here.

See the photos page for the "2 Steve's Photo" posted recently, and many other recent photos of the band gearing up for the summer tour and other stuff! 

June 13, 2010

Some more interesting links & interview with lead singer Robbie Grey:

          10. Modern English Sees Some Changes, Getting Better All the Time
          11. Reviews Soundtrack
          12. PR Log - Lead Singer Robbie Grey discusses New Album and Single
          13. Great Interview at Talking 80s Music with Robbie Greydownload interview here.
                ...FYI, the interview starts at 24:04 after you download and start listening.

June 12, 2010

Mick Conroy has made this mp3 "violet two in E maj 112 bpm" available for's a beautiful short instrumental and available for download at link above or here!

June 08, 2010

New Modern English Single possibly Planned!  Darla are currently in negotiation with 
Apple iTunes
for a second single to be released from 'Soundtrack' which will include extra exclusive tracks.  No details yet.  We will post additional details in the forum and here.

The reviews keep coming in, here's another to read at Leonard's Lair Weblog

Plus, a few more informational links:
8. MODERN ENGLISH Reunites Original Lineup for Concert Tour, New Album Released
9. One Hit Wondering: Modern English Reunite...

June 07, 2010

You can now play mp3 samples & buy related items through Amazon on the discography page.

June 04, 2010

A few news stories, links, reviews that you might like to read:
1. Pollstar
2. Brooklyn Vegan
3. PopMatters
4. Antimusic
5. Exclaim
6. Just one older article - slicingupeyeballs
7. Article about the cover artist Vaughan Oliver

June 03, 2010

Yes, it's true!  The Original 80's lineup for the current 2010 Tour will include:

Original members Robbie Grey (main vocals), Gary McDowell (guitars, vocals), Mick Conroy (guitars, vocals), Stephen Walker (keyboards), long time collaborator Steven Walker (guitars), yes there are two, and Ric Chandler on drums!  You will definitely not want to miss this tour!

June 01, 2010

6 Tour dates confirmed for July and more to come in September 2010!  See Tour Dates for more info.

May 27, 2010
Full Modern English Discography now available on Discography page.  The images are still being compressed, edited, and uploaded.

Excellent!  Tour Dates are coming in...please check the Tour Dates page for more info!

May 24, 2010
New Album Soundtrack released on Darla Records.  Download "It's Ok" here & also here.

May 11, 2010
Modern English's Soundtrack CD starts shipping May 11th from Darla Records.

May 07, 2010
New album Soundtrack review from ME Webmaster.  See the home page for review or email me at 

May 05, 2010 Get the Official iPhone app here 

Apple iTunes

Modern English's Mick Conroy developed an iTunes app for the iPhone Check it out here.

May 04, 2010
1986's Stop Start reissued on Wounded Bird Records.  The CD's will be shipped in late April.

May 03, 2010
Steven Walker provided the website some old forgotten photos of the band from the last tour of Modern English on the road.  Please see the photo album.  We will be updating more photos from the old website soon.  Please check back soon for those greatly missed pics of the band. 

Also added more links to the Related Links page.  This includes Steven Walker's photography and related links.  All links from the old website were included too.  Go check them out!

April 30, 2010
Heard from the Modern English Forum that Gary McDowell is considering rejoining the band on the next tour!  Let's cross our fingers and hope that he does!  Keep up with the latest news on the forum or from the main menu to your left.

April 15. 2010
Web site Admin: Working with fan base and band members to get this site up and running to full potential.

April 11, 2010
Richard Anvil provided me the old website from the previous webmaster.  I'll try to incorporate as much of this as possible into the new Modern English site.

March 28, 2010
New Website, Social Page, Forum, Blog, and Website Coming Soon!

March 16, 2010
Win a FREE COPY of the new album 'Soundtrack"...get more information at the Modern English forum or blog.

December 2009
Check out Richard Anvil's "I Melt With You" Modern English web forum at  This was also added to this website as the Forum link on the main menu.

Please contact Webmaster for any corrections to this page or if you see any news not listed here.