Hi-energy crossover rockers Modestep to play Plymouth University
A BAND with the potential to become the biggest rock/dance crossover act since the 1990s are playing Covert in the University this Sunday.
Having smashed it at festivals all over the world and toured the UK with Lost Prophets, Modestep are currently on a 14-date tour of the country to promote their debut offering Evolution Theory.
"People try to pigeonhole us," says Modestep drummer Matt Curtis, "But we're so eclectic it's not easy. We mix bit of rock, drum'n'bass and epic chill-out, along with the dubstep. We're certainly not hardcore dubstep as some people expect."
The album contains all their hit singles: Sunlight, Feel Good, Show Me A Sign and To The Stars, the videos of which have received over 45 million views on YouTube, plus new single Another Day, featuring Popeska.
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But they particularly excel at incredible hi-energy live shows:
"Our main aim is simply to be a great live band and our proudest achievement is that we can play anywhere and pull off a great show wherever we are. We played Reading Festival last year, our local festival that we'd grown up attending every year as kids, and it was a surreal experience – quite emotional actually."
"We've played Pukklepop in Belgium with 20,000 people rammed into our tent and more partying outside.
"Then we played a place in Manchester that was so sweaty, I looked up and a drop of sweat from the ceiling fell into my mouth!"
The band was born online in 2008 when brothers Josh and Tony Friend started Modestep Radio to showcase dubstep tracks they liked and by 2010 they were penning their own tunes. They made a low budget video for one track, Feel Good, gave it to dubstep Youtube channel UKF and within a matter of weeks it had four million hits.
By 2011, having become a fully fledged live ensemble with Josh on vocals and keyboards, Tony on decks, Nick on guitar and Matt on drums, they found themselves A-listed on Radio 1, being touted as the hottest property in music.
They signed to A&M in the UK and Interscope in the US.
Theirs is quite unlike any other live show doing the rounds at the moment as Kerrang magazine says:
"The Modestep live show is something you have to see to believe".
Catch them while you can.