Modern Convenience

Modern Convenience

The Shakes

Modern Convenience is a punk band from Memphis. They’ve got a really cool 11-track album on Bandcamp called The Shakes recorded at Kick ‘Em In The Mouth Studios. This band started as a solo project of Mike Bibbs and now also includes his girlfriend on drums and a rotating cast of bass players for live shows. They’re playing at The Buccaneer on June 7 if you want to get some really punky garage rock on your calendar!

The title track from the album is also my favorite song on the album. The main guitar riff is really catchy and sort of haunting. The drums hit hard and the vocals are gritty and distorted. Everything is a little over the top and that’s the way it should be. This is punk rock, and it’s just as gritty as punk rock should be. I do wonder about the specifics on the vocal processing here though. People get into some really innovative situations when they come up with sounds like this.

The rest of the album is just as raw and just as cool. I’m sure these folks put on a really entertaining show live so if you’re in the Memphis area, you should totally be sure and check them out. This kind of music is almost always more powerful live than recorded, and I love shows from bands like this. If you aren’t near Modern Convenience, you can head over to their Bandcamp and stream The Shakes for free or download it all for seven dollars.