The Lonetones have perfected contemporary Appalachian music.
• Alec Cunningham, Blank Magazine
TOP-10 ALBUM OF 2012: Think of the Lonetones as spiritual kin to Wilco or the Byrds. Led by husband and wife team and lead singer-songwriters Sean McCollough and Steph Gunnoe, the Lonetones are folky, a little rock and are constantly finding new and gorgeous sounds and expanding their horizons. The leaders songs and vocals are contrasts that blend into something amazing.
• Wayne Bledsoe, Knoxville News Sentinel, Host of All Over The Road on WDVX
I expected to like this CD, but not necessarily to go crazy over it, but that's what I've done. One minute I love Steph's songs and the next I'm thinking I lean more toward Sean's. Of course, the whole is greater than the parts in this case. I can't stop listening.
• Knoxville Urban Guy, Stuck Inside Knoxville With The Urban Blues Again
The tradition they tap becomes only part of the overall equation; these engaging encounters could be considered radio-ready regardless of the environs. To say this is an outstanding effort [Modern Victims] doesn't even begin to describe it.
• Lee Zimmerman, No Depression
Modern Victims is a bright combination of sounds and styles from a surprising consortium that includes the Lonetones themselves, several talented friends, and more than a dozen instruments. It sounds, at several turns, like smart alt-pop. If a band of 24 year olds with justthe right hats and beards came out with this release, we might be looking for it on the pop charts, catching a ride on the neo-Americana wave that's been recombining itself every few weeks.
• Jack Neely, Metro Pulse
Modern Victims is a fine example of taking some of the best things about our local music scene from the past (players, influences, styles, etc) and putting it together with some of those same best things about our current-day scene, and then coming out with a disc that sounds like a "Welcome to Knoxville!" postcard. It sounds just as good on college radio as it does on a roots/Americana station. What a great way to cap off an amazing year of music made and played in our scruffy city!
• Benny Smith, General Manager and Program Director, WUTK
Music world behold The Lonetones! Not only have they created a new genre of music, with their new record, Modern Victims, they have taken it to a whole new level. As a friend and contemporary, I'm lucky to know them.... and as a songwriter... inspired.
• Kevin Abernathy, musician
A GENRE UNTO THEMSELVES: The Lonetones may struggle to label their sound, but not to make it beautiful.
• Steve Wildsmith, Maryville Daily Times
Modern Victims is the band’s fourth album and marks more than a decade-long career performing together. Following up on their 2009 work, Canaries, The Lonetones continue to sift through musical influences in service of each song. Their signature melodic Appalachian string-pop sound is certainly represented, but they have also unleashed their inner indie on this disc.
The band line-up has changed only slightly since the last album, but the instrumentation has expanded. The core members still include Steph Gunnoe (vocals, electric guitar, acoustic guitar), Sean McCollough (vocals, piano, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, banjo, mandolin), Maria Williams (electric bass, background vocals), and Steve Corrigan (drums). Cecilia Blaire Miller has been added on cello. The addition of cello elevates the band’s string-pop sound, while the emphasis on electric guitar, keyboards and electric bass adds a new edge.
The disc features a cameo by Knoxville spoken-word/hip-hop artist Black Atticus (The Theorizt) on the title track. Kyle Campbell (The Band of Humans, The Bearded) and Seth Hopper (Christabel and the Jons, The Leah Gardner Band) provide horns on three tracks. And the Latin-tinged “Who We Are” features grooving congas by Jon Whitlock (Christabel and the Jons, Band of Humans) and a ripping guitar solo by Kevin Abernathy (The Kevin Abernathy Band).