Nordic Fiction, the debut EP by Modern Literature encompasses a mixture of carnivalesque garage rock, jagged post punk and epic sweeping sounds. Lyrically; uncertainty, loss, distrust of patriarchal structures, the hypocrisy of religious statute and the replacement of norms with medication and self-reflection are all covered.
Formed in late 2018, by a mixture of prodigal wanderers returning, and a malcontent who never left, Birmingham’s Modern Literature are a combination of post punk’s icy atmosphere and the impassioned snarl of an alcohol laced preacher. Lyrically biased towards the 21st Century’s betrayal of the human condition, they are tarnished by existence and dreaming of an insular escape, while being doused in the stench of Pinter’s hated brandy. Modern Literature produce a combination of ethereal soundscapes and incessant rhythmic motifs. They metamorphose from breakneck rants to a sedate and sinister stagger, with the seeming immediacy of Kafka’s ill-fated salesman Gregor Samsa, expelling inner turmoil via cathartic and intense performances.
Nordic Fiction was recorded and mixed at Muthers Studio, Digbeth and Magic Garden and Cellar Rooms, Wolverhampton by Jimm Zorn of Black Country Recording Company. Mastered by John McBain at JPM Mastering, California. It is being released on 12” vinyl and digital download by DIE DAS DER (cat no. DDD09V).
Vinyl and download are available for pre-order here
Modern Literature can be found in the following places:
- 15 September – Hare and Hounds, Kings Heath, Birmingham
- 27 September – Some Weird Sin’s 7th Birthday Post-Punk Special, Nambucca, Holloway Road, London
- 28 September – DIE DAS DER Yr Welcome 5th Birthday, Muthers Studio, Digbeth Birmingham
- 23 November – The Mother’s Ruin, Bristol
- 30 November – The Railway Inn, Leamington Spa