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Self Arise

by Modalities

Island vibe mixes with american world beat creating a fun, multi-cultural blend of upbeat music.
Genre: World: Island
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1. Self Arise
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3:25 $0.99
2. Island Vibe
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2:45 $0.99
3. Moments
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3:08 $0.99
4. Am a Man
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5:16 $0.99
5. Rise Up
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4:23 $0.99
6. To Love Me
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3:59 $0.99
7. Langet
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3:42 $0.99
8. Be My Lady
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3:30 $0.99
9. Killing Me
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Album Notes
The Modalities were fronted by singer/songwriter Shawn San Nicolas. A native of Guam, Shawn left the island to pursue his passion with music. Ending up in the Napa Valley he struggled to meet fellow musicians who shared his passion and was often seen playing in coffee shops and restaurants for tips.

It was there that he met guitar player Cody Tucker who was just parting from the well established band TRADE. Cody later introduced Shawn to drummer Sco Dunshee and bass player Brandon Breazeale who he had been friends with for many years. Together, they found a common goal. To create a band that would get the residences of northern California off their feet and start dancing. The Modalities were born.

With such a wide range of taste and styles between the four musicians, the Modalities began creating their own style that blended the island vibe feel of Guam to the hip-hop beats of the bay area. Together they got a truly world beat feel with some earthy rock flavor that few could resist getting down to.

In the year 2003 the Modalities recorded their debut album Self Arise. The album was recorded at Prairie Sun Recording Studio in Cotati, CA and features nine original songs. Within the first month of its release they sold over 100 copies from their online website and even more at their live shows. It was played on indie and college radio stations across the US, Canada, and even in Germany.

To Be My Lady was selected by COS Productions to use in author Christine Feehan's Dark Melody commercial. COS later released a special promotional DVD featured three Modalities songs and their Self Arise music video. Many Feehan fans will recognize Moments, Be My Lady, and Self Arise from the DVD.


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Mattilane Moore

Great range of emothions
I'd be hard pressed to choose a favorite song. Moments,
Langet and Be My Lady were impressive. I liked very much
the positive attitude in your music. Keep up the great
work. Best of luck to you all.

Kam Patel

A Band to Keep your eyes on...
A melting pot of influences combining world beat, hip hop, blind mellon-esque guitar psychedelia, and general good vibes; this is a band to watch out for!!

Ralf from Heidelberg/Germany

Music for Body and Brain, Heart and Feet - GREAT !!!!!!
WOW, what a beautiful CD.

Great Songs, several styles mixed together to a individual, wonderful type of music. I will tell all my friends about "Modalities".

Please you people all over the world - BUY THIS RECORD!!!

Maida Reyes

I truly love the Modalities CD!!! Its got that Lenny Kravitz touch to it and at the same time still sounding very unique!!! It very different from the music I hear on the radio and wishing they play more songs like this. THANKS!! ;)

The Muse\'s Review, Steve Allat

mixture of reggae, hip-hop, and rock with positive message
For Fans Of:: Terence Trent D'Arby, Ben Harper

Fav Track: Moments, Am A Man, Rise Up.

If I was to have a house party with an 'island vibe' theme, I think these guys would be my musical guests.

The music, a nice mixture of reggae, hip-hop, and rock, fits well with frontman Shawn San Nicholas's voice and positive message. In fact, they drift from one style to another very easily and mix them all together well. Some very solid playing by Nicholas (guitar), Cody Tucker (lead guitar), Brandon Breazeale (bass) and Scotis Dunshee (drums) back up the versatile vocals, which range from silky-smooth to rough and ready to take on the world. I'd like to hear more of what Shawn can do with his stylings and with what he has to say as the band's lyricist.

The mix is very warm and fuzzy, suiting the band and their message perfectly. The music and vocals blend well, and I can imagine them sounding very similar live to how they do on this disc.

Lyrically, the tone of the CD is a positive message of personal power and responsibility, something we're hearing more of these days and which is always welcome with this reviewer.

I expect this group will continue to have fun bringing their music to the public, and look forward to more as they continue to develop their already unique sound.

Denise Feehan

Great CD for Family Road Trips!
I love this CD. I typically have a hard time listening to an entire CD of one artist most of the time, but this one is an exception. Every song is great and you don’t get bored with it. They are very diverse and appeal to many ages. It is the only CD I own that is enjoyed by my grandmother, my mother, and my 10-year old nephew. Great for family road trips!