Seems Athens, Georgia band Modern Skirts have been around the block a couple times since their piano laden 2005 debut 'Catalogue of Generous Men'. It made it onto Paste Magazine's #11 for top albums of that year. Then in 2008 they opened up for heavyweights REM and released album #2 'All of Us in Our Night' produced by REM's Mike Mills.
Now they are getting ready to release album #3 'Gramahawk' on January 18th, 2011 which has already garnered praise from the likes of NPR who calls the record "...diverse, catchy and immediately accessible". I haven't heard the whole thing yet, but the first single sent our way for posting "Bumper Car" is pretty divine! His voice on this one reminds me a bit of Isaac Brocks from Modest Mouse, which is in no way a bad thing. Great freakin tune! Can't wait to hear the rest of the record. If this first single is any indication we're in for a treat.
MP3: Bumper Car - Modern Skirts
In addition to "Bumper Car" here is their sweet animated video for "Jane Child", the upcoming album's opening track.