Having shared stages with the likes of Jane’s Addiction, American Authors, and more, The Modern Savage’s new album, Unwilling Participants, was produced, recorded, and mixed by Brooklyn’s James Frazee (Beck, Patti Smith, Sharon Van Etten, Esperanza Spalding) and ranges from morose and melodic to brazen and unabashed. Lead single “Straight And Narrow’ blends commanding riffs with multi-layer distortion and dynamic vocals. Lead singer Jenni May Toro spans the urgency of Pat Benatar and the vulnerability of Sufjan Stevens, gently guiding the raw potency of the creative quintet.
Quote from Jenni May Toro:
“We are huge Interpol fans. The sense of longing and desperation in the song fit the mood of our new album. A gender role reversal of the lead vocal excited us, and we thought it would provide a fresh perspective for the listener.”
Quote from David Devlin:
“There’s a strong sense of community amongst Alaskans, especially Alaskan artists. In the ‘Evil’ video, we collaborated with local film maker Emma Sheffer and Pulse Dance Company to tell the visual stories. They had 100% creative control to express how our version of ‘Evil’ made them feel.”
The video was:
Art directed and choreographed by Stephanie Wonchala
Filmed and edited by Emma Sheffer