Modulator | Don't Hold Out on Me

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Don't Hold Out on Me

by Modulator

Modulator combines American guitar rock with European synth-pop. By mining influences such as 60s lounge, 70s progressive and punk rock, 80s new wave and 90s indie rock, the band performs an energetic musical mix that manages to be both familiar and fresh
Genre: Pop: New Wave
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1. Major Malfunction
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2. You're So Analog
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3. Don't Hold Out on Me
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Modulator is a five-member band from Houston, Texas that combines American guitar rock with European synth-pop. By mining influences such as 60s lounge, 70s progressive and punk rock, 80s new wave and 90s indie rock, the band performs an energetic musical mix that manages to be both familiar and fresh at the same time.

Most recently, Modulator entered into Jaggo Studios in Los Angeles to record their "Don't hold out on me" three-song EP with producer (Suede, Pulp, Stabbing Westward, Steve Burns) and ex-Psychedelic Furs keyboardist Ed Buller.

Modulator's music begins with lead singer and keyboardist Julie Omran. With her cool, lucid vocals and roaming synthesizer melodies, Omran creates songs that often use modern technology (computers, space travel) as a metaphor for human relationships. The rest of the band bring their respective talents and influences to flesh out Omran's compositions. Keyboardist and backup singer Jennifer Mergele provides spare electric-piano chords and delicate vocal harmonies. Guitarist Rob Smith brings a punchy, neurotic crunch. Bassist Tom Lively and drummer Randy Zamora form a limber rhythm section that can groove, swing or rock out. Together, Modulator crafts richly-arranged songs about love and heartbreak.

Forming in late 1999, Modulator took time to perfect its sound and to establish itself as one of Houston's best live bands. In October 2001, the band released an eponymous, four-song EP, which immediately received praise and airplay on radio stations across the country. Modulator has since played with a number of national acts, including Berlin, Nico Case and the New Pornographers, Steve Burns, the Starlight Mints, the Electric Six and Junior Senior.


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Collected Sounds

Very cool
With song titles like "You're so Analog", I've got to think that the band is at least semi-geeky. But I like it. The song is a little robotic in tone, and I'm sure that's intentional. It works. I love that part of the lyrics are "One Zero, One Zero…" any geek will see the meaning of that and smile.

"Don't Hold Out on Me" is a little more accessible (to non-geeks) but is appealing to all.

This little EP has some nice pop hooks and catchy tunes. I just wish it were longer!

M Russell

No system error in this album
I heard the song, "Major Malfunction", on a college radio program. The song was very "catchy" and the lyrics are a brilliant series of computer puns relative to a romantic reaction between the female singer and then unexpected male target of her affection. The repeating line, "I was not programmed to be your girl", sums up the great mixing of geek-ish humour with the very energenic melody.

As a result, I had to find this song. I had to buy the album just for this one song! Imagine my pleasant surprise when the other two songs on the EP were just as listenable and enjoyable as the first.

By the way, I think the lead song, "Major Malfunction", would make a brilliant Flash animation.