In February, legendary post-punk rockers Modern English released Take Me to the Trees, their first album by original members of the band in 30 years. The band successfully funded the album via PledgeMusic. Now, they will perform at Rock and Roll Hotel on Tuesday, Nov. 21.
Earlier this year, Modern English set off on a tour to celebrate the new material, but it was cut short due to the sudden hospitalization of guitarist Gary McDowell. Gary has now recovered, and the band rescheduled a date for Rock and Roll Hotel originally slated for April.
For the tour, vocalist Robbie Grey confirmed the band will play music from across their career, including well regarded albums Mesh & Lace, After the Snow, Ricochet Days, and Stop Start as well as new album Take Me to the Trees.
Watch the official music video for “Melt with You” by Modern English on YouTube:
The Nov. 21 showtime will be the first time Modern English have been in DC in quite a while. They reconnected with many of their American admirers on a Mesh & Lace tour in 2016, but they didn’t get closer to DC than Baltimore, where they played at Ottobar nearly a year ago. (Read our Parklife DC review of Modern English at Ottobar.)
Of the Modern English show last year, I wrote, “And the performance proves that the band were well head of their time 35 years ago. If anything, the band have grown into their deeply affecting songs, which are about self-assessment, placement, individualism, and questioning societal expectations.”