Thu, 18 Jun 2015 10:45:00
UK metal and electro pioneers on their striking new album London Road and why the dance floor and mosh pit aren't so different.
Modestep bring heavy metal and electronic music together smoothly. Many have tried to pair these two disparate bedfellows, but nobody nails the combination quite like the UK foursome—Josh Friend [singer, producer], Tony Friend [DJ, producer], Kyle Deek [guitar], and Pat Lundy [drummer]. Their second full-length album, London Road [INgrooves/Max] is equally suited for the mosh pit or the dance floor, and that's what makes it such a standout. The boys collaborated with everyone from Skindred to Grime producer Rude Kid, and the result is a worldwide banger of epic proportions. So, in this exclusive interview, we talked to Josh Friend about London Road, British gangster flicks, influential metal bands, and more.
Did you approach London Road with one particular vision or vibe in mind?
We have always been massive fans of records that start, and then take you on a journey. Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon is my favorite record of all time. I really wanted to create a body of work from start-to-finish, and we hope the crowd goes mad for the whole thing. We really aim for our music to translate live to an audience as well.
Is there an overarching theme throughout?
Before we started the record, we did three tracks that were a "mood board" for the rest of the record and really wanted to set a vibe for the entire album. We planned out the album's sound and what we sought to accomplish before getting into pre-production to develop the songs. We demoed three songs. It took only two weeks and, after that, we had a clear vision of the album.