The incredible indie explosion: Mode Moderne
Singer Phillip Intilé is the chief brooder in Mode Moderne, heading up a lineup that also includes bassist-keyboardist Clinton Loftkrantz, guitarist-keyboardist Felix Fung, drummer Sean Gilhooly, and keyboardist Rebecca Gray. The band’s seven-song Strange Bruises EP is perfect for anyone who ever woke up on a sunny morning and was disappointed that it wasn’t pissing rain.
Best local release other than yours:
“Yung Mums’ self-titled cassette. Brilliantly simple, angular postpunk. Reminiscent of the Flatmates, kind of. Rad chicks.”
The year’s best gig:
“K-Holes at the Waldorf [on June 22], for certain. It was so heavy and nihilistic. I kept thinking, ‘This is what metal enthusiasts would be listening to if, instead of being into hot licks, they were into something hip, like bomb shelters or lung cancer.’ ”
What classic never leaves the turntable?
“Television Personalities’ And Don’t the Kids Just Love It. Just an incredible collection of songs. No smoke and mirrors, just brilliant songwriting; a song for every one of your teenage mix tapes.”
Where are we impressing your out-of-town friends?
“I’m a borderline shut-in who is far from the authority on ‘impressing people’. I’d take them to the City of Vancouver Archives [1150 Chestnut Street], knee-deep in microfilm, or Vancouver Central Library [350 West Georgia Street], wrapped up in books.”
Like LMFAO, who’s sexy and knows it?
“Maurizio [Chiumento] from Dead Ghosts. Denim edition. Bad boy.”
Uncle Morty left you his fortune. Where are you opening a venue?
“Convert the Bloedel Conservatory in Queen Elizabeth Park. Custom earplugs for the macaws.”