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    Wed, 30 Nov 2011 10:17:11

    Modestep to Play US For First Time Ever in December - They will hit the West Coast.

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    London-based dubstep-influenced rock band Modestep will perform in the US for the first time ever next month. The band will be playing three West coast cities — San Diego, San Francisco, and Los Angeles — in December. Check 'em out now, so you can say you were there way back when. We have a feeling these guys are going to be massive come 2012.

    "Since we started Modestep over two years ago, the majority of our fans have come from the US," says the band's frontman and keyboardist Josh Friend. "It's been a year of talks with different promoters, and finally we get to bring our live show to the States. Expect big bass, epic stage shows, and an abundance of energy. We're ready for you America, let's hope you're ready for us too." Bring it, boys!

    Not familiar with Modestep? Well, here's some background info:

    Modestep, which also includes Josh's brother Tony Friend (DJ, guitar) Matt Curtis (drums), and Nick Tsang (guitar), is not simply a "dance/rock crossover" act, but is attempting to join a tradition of massive acts who see beyond the guitar-band format to bring technology and performance together to create something ultra dramatic. From Pink Floyd to Muse, Slipknot to Pendulum, the band's influences are sonically ambitious and theatrical on a gigantic scale. They weave dubstep's contemporary sounds into thrilling, genre hopping songs, and couple this with an explosive live show that is as hard-hitting and sweat-inducing as any traditional rock bands.

    In the UK, Modestep have lit up festival crowds at Glastonbury, Download, LED and Isle of Wight with their non-stop sonic assault, and had the chorus to their second single "Sunlight" chanted back at them from huge crowds culled from an ever-growing Internet fanbase. The videos for "Sunlight" and their debut UK single "Feel Good" have each been viewed more than eight million times on YouTube.

    The band's latest single "To the Stars" has just been released by Interscope Records in the US and is currently available on iTunes as a four-track EP featuring three remixes. One critic wrote of the track: "How would you like your ears throttled, yanked off, and then trodden upon by four London lads who produce an almighty racket that can only be described using words like large, sick, and a little bit naughty? Then Modestep's A-listed latest is most certainly for you." Wow, those are big words. We likey.

    "Feel Good," "Sunlight," and "To The Stars" have all gone Top 10 on the UK Dance chart. Their debut album is due out in the US in early 2012.

    Modestep's upcoming U.S. tour dates are as follows:

    Dec 08 San Diego Voyeur (DJ set)
    Dec 09 San Francisco The Regency
    Dec 10 Los Angeles, CA Music Box

    Are you going to check out Modestep next month?

    —Katie Sheehan

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