Original member, lead singer and vocals
Original member, lead guitarist and vocals
Original member, bass guitar and vocals
Original member, keyboards and vocals
Roy Martin, drums
25 August 2021 Press Release
MODERN ENGLISH POSTPONE UPCOMING U.S. TOUR
ICONIC BRITISH BAND WAS SET TO BEGIN THEIR 13-DATE TOUR
ON TUESDAY, AUGUST 31 IN ST. PAUL, MN
AFTER THE SNOW: LIVE FROM INDIGO AT THE O2 AVAILABLE DIGITALLY
AND ON CD, CD/DVD THIS FRIDAY, AUGUST 27 WITH VINYL IN STORES ON
RECORD STORE DAY, FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 26
“SOMEONE’S CALLING” RECORDED FOR AFTER THE SHOW:
LIVE FROM INDIGO AT THE O2 NOW STREAMING ONLINE
WATCH: “SOMEONE’S CALLING” LIVE
(FROM AFTER THE SNOW: LIVE FROM INDIGO AT THE O2 ON YOUTUBE)
STREAM: “I MELT WITH YOU” (LOCKDOWN VERSION)
“I MELT WITH YOU”
(OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO)
Today, legendary British band Modern English have announced their After the Snow album tour has been postponed due to safety concerns and rising cases of COVID-19. The 13-date trek across the U.S. was set to kick off on August 31 in St. Paul, MN and culminate in a three-night stand in West Springfield, MA on September 17, 18 and 19. The band and its team have already begun to work on rescheduling these dates, and information on these upcoming shows will be announced in the very near future. Frontman Robbie Grey shared the following statement:
“It’s with massive regret we have to cancel our tour playing the whole of ‘After the Snow’ live for the first time. The safety of the band, the crews, and most of all the fans has to be our priority.
We will be with you in 2022 and will reschedule as many concerts as possible.
Stay safe and we will see you soon.”
Additionally, Modern English will release its performance of After the Snow from Indigo at the O2 on CD, CD/DVD and Digitally this Friday, August 27. Pre-order for the CD, CD/DVD and Digital is available HERE and a vinyl version of the performance will be exclusively available on Record Store Day on Friday, November 26. Check out “Someone’s Calling” from After the Snow: Live From Indigo At The O2 HERE.
Simply put, "I Melt With You" by Modern English is one of the most iconic songs of the New Wave era. It garnered heavy rotation on the then-thriving Modern Rock radio format, MTV and dance clubs across the globe, and was prominently featured in the classic 1983 film Valley Girl, starring a young Nicolas Cage.
On 1982's After the Snow, the band's sound evolved from the dark, moody and challenging post-punk found on its debut, Mesh & Lace, to a more commercial and radio friendly mix of synthesizers, guitars, catchy drumbeats and singer Robbie Grey's unmistakable vocals. As the title suggests, the icy sound featured on Mesh & Lace melted away on After the Snow to reveal more concise and potent songs, highlighted by "I Melt With You” which brought the band up from the underground to the mainstream. It's a song so popular that the band was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2020 BMI Awards for six million plays on radio.
Purchase Mesh & Lace and After the Snow reissues featuring reimagined artwork
by Vaughan Oliver in LP and CD formats via ETA HERE
8/31 – Minneapolis, MN – Turf Club *
9/01 – Chicago, IL – SPACE *
9/03 – Milwaukee, WI – Summerfest #
9/04 – Three Oaks, MI – The Acorn *
9/05 – Detroit, MI – Magic Bag *
9/08 – New York, NY – Sony Hall
9/10 – Asbury Park, NJ – Asbury Lanes ^
9/11 – Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Casino
9/12 – Amityville, NY – The Warehouse ^
9/14 – Pittsburgh, PA – Crafthouse ^
9/15 – Philadelphia, PA – Ardmore Music Hall ^
9/17 – West Springfield, MA – The Big E
9/18 – West Springfield, MA – The Big E
9/19 – West Springfield, MA – The Big E
* = Ganser supporting
# = festival appearance
^ = Bootblacks supporting
Modern English perform their After The Snow album Live in it's Entirety 9/25, 9/26, & 12/11. Watch this space or Facebook for future shows.
We had planned on touring throughout 2020 for our After The Snow Anniversary Tour. Due to unforeseen circumstances due to the pandemic this year, we hope to postpone this until 2021-2022. Postponed until further notice. Keep an eye on this space for further details and updates.
Throughout 2020, we will be playing the After The Snow album in its entirety Live at the O2! This will be streamed at certain dates off and on throughout 2020. So stay tuned!
Westbury, NY - Westbury Music Theater
July 14 - Englewood, NJ - Bergen Performing Arts Center **
July 15 - Lynn, MA - Lynn Auditorium
July 17 - St. Charles, IL - Arcada Theatre #
July 20 - Salt Lake City, UT - Red Butte Amphitheater
July 21 - Las Vegas, NV - Mandalay Bay
July 22 - Saratoga, CA - Mountain Winery
July 25 - Phoenix, AZ - The Van Buren ~
July 26 - Costa Mesa, CA - Orange County Fair
July 28 - Los Angeles, CA - Wiltern Theatre ***
July 29 - Tucson, AZ - Anselmo Valencia Tore Amphitheater
August 1 - Milwaukee, WI - Pabst Theatre
August 3 - Northfield, OH - Hard Rock Live
August 4 - St. Ignace, MI - Kewadin Casino Resort
** No Annabella
*** Only ABC/Modern English/Tony Lewis/Limahl/Annabella
~ Belinda Carlisle, Modern English, Tony Lewis
# Newly Added! Venue Not On RetroFutura Website
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"