Mod Amish is a band born out of the love of hard pop tunes, melody and ear splitting noise. While these two things might seem contradictory to some, the MAs stir them together like cereal and milk. The band's roots trace back to south Louisiana where they gigged relentlessly and built a loyal following. Today, the Mod Amish are making a name for themselves in Southern California.
Central to the band's sound is the songwriting of singer/guitarist Shannon Jones who has honed his craft nicely over the course of the bands first album "Mod Amish" (2006) and "No Use For Sunshine." (September 30, 2008) As a unit, they seamlessly blend together classic influences like the Beatles and the Who with punk/alternative favorites Husker Du, the Pixies, Mercury Rev and the Arcade Fire.
Reviews of "No Use For Sunshine"
THE RIPPLE EFFECT (http://www.ripplemusic.blogspot.com/)
-Talk about a grower. I swear everything about this disc just keeps getting better each and every time I play it. On first listen, I was attracted to the X-ish intensity and vocal harmonies of the lead-off cut, "Sangreal." Then, on next listen, it was the mighty powerful Husker Du, garage, alt-punk of "Fade," and "Involving a Hearse," that caught my ear. Just check out those choruses for a trip of beauty right back to Minnesota in the late '80's. Third listen brought me face to face with the stark, languid, Joy Division or early Jesus and Mary Chain-esque melody of "September," a song I just can't stop playing. Slow and deliberate, like a beaver building a dam, the song layers upon itself all the way to the big noise-rock chorus with melody hooks big enough to catch a whale. "Gone to Pieces," finishes the first half of the album with a melodic fuzz-punk blast of pure alt-rock energy. And we've still got 5 tracks to go. This is alt-rock done right, laden with melody and drive, and completely ignoring the mainstream. Next time you get tired of the same ol' crap on what passes for radio, tune into the Ripple Radio Show. We'll be playing cuts off this baby for months to come. Heaping on piles of influences from the past and forcing them kicking and screaming through their own amps, Mod Amish will satisfy your alt-musical itch. God bless the underground.
THE BIG TAKEOVER (www.bigtakeover.com)
-Three chords is pretty much where Mod Amish’s No Use begins and ends, but in the case of these San Diegans, the simplest formula is the most effective. Axeslinger Shannon Jones harmonizes with himself atop a flurry of rugged riffage, with inspired salvos ranging from the incessantly catchy “September” to the spastic, demi-metal throwdown “The Vatican Song,” which closes out the album in a cathartic bloodbath. Sunshine is a record that aficionados of Hüsker Dü or Blink 182 can find common ground on… and how often does that happen?
SAN DIEGO PUNK (www.sandiegopunk.com)
-A refreshing break from the dance beat filled pop punk that floods the scene today. I thoroughly enjoyed the album.
AMERICANA UK (http://www.americana-uk.com/)
- short sharp jabs of guitar, swirls of drums, major chords, melodies obscured by the flurry but most definitely in there. The first three songs are out of the speakers and tattooed on my brain before I even know what is happening; then there’s a melodic fizz of guitars knitting me a skull cap of bliss...the directness of the Ramones with some Replacements scruffiness thrown in.
-In December 2008, Mod Amish's "September" took first place in Converse Shoes/Downtown Records "Get Out of the Garage" contest.
- In January 2009 UCLA Radio named Mod Amish one of Califonia's best unsigned acts.