Modern Tribes – No Messing Around – ‘You Do Drugs’ EP – *AND TOUR PLANS*

Modern Tribes – Oswestry, England, United Kingdom.


Photo credit to Neil Taylor

Things are pretty busy in the MF camp at the moment, jobs, uni, the site itself, I actually moved to Australia for a year-ish this week – busy times. I’ll be keeping the writing going though, because obviously, I have a duty to provide you all with a heightened level of tedium, via my sinfully boring prose.

A little while ago, we received a message from Oswestry lot, Modern Tribes and their Guitarist/Vocalist, Eric Evans, asking about a possible single review. We said yes, but then changed our minds when it came down to it, and decided to look at the EP as a whole. Because music, that’s why.

You Do Drugs


Describing themselves as ‘Modern Punk’, Modern Tribes are certainly straying from the “norm” so to speak. Low rumbling bass-lines, gritty rhythms and Funk-like, almost Indie guitar-work, coupled with hoarse and defiant vocals. And the great thing is, that’s just track one.

Influences: Moose Blood, The Gaslight Anthem, The Menzingers, Joyce Manner, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, The Front Bottoms…

Punk-Rock attitude and grit, stitched haphazardly to the back of anĀ Alternative Rock body, but still in control. We’ll stick with that analysis I think.

‘Annie Adderall’ is a very English sounding number, and by that I mean, it’s needlessly odd and quirky, yet really does work.

‘Well I wonder what would happen, if I crashed my car, into the front of your house set the fuel tank on fire’

‘And I wonder what would happen if I changed my name. Wonder what would happen would I still feel the same.

‘As it burns down, you’ll see me smile, as it burns down, as it burns down’

Track three is an absolute cracker of a song. The playful guitar and aggressive Punk vocals ride in and out on an old-school, pre-Hardcore style set of rhythms, but with that extra aggression that really makes it. Much like Hellman’s (apparently) makes a Sandwich, but with Punk-Rock.


‘Psycho’ plays us out with it’s instrumental and driven Alternative Rock, that includes some lovely soundbites from the one and only Patrick Bateman. What more could you want?

The followings links are clickable (didn’t see that one coming) and they take you to relevant pages (what?!?):

  • Modern Tribes can be found on Facebook and Twitter for details on gigs and general tomfoolery.
  • For listening, head to their bandcamp where the EP is up for Free/Pay What You Want download. If you want a CD, then go to a show!
  • For music and videos, check their YouTube Channel.
  • The band also have a a few gigs coming up in October as well as five-date Mini Tour in December, from the 28th to the 2nd January, which includes dates in Leicester, Manchester and Liverpool.
  • And if that wasn’t enough the band are heading out to Belgium in April from the 23rd to the 1st May. All details for both of these tours will all be posted by the band on their Facebook page in due course.


Matthew Speer

Matt has 2.1 BA in History and is most likely somewhere in his twenties. He enjoys a wide range of music, but has a strong penchant for Punk-Rock. Originally he hails from the Isle Of Wight off the South Coast of England, UK and spends most of his time around England's South-West.

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  1. January 11, 2016

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