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Only at night: Fast Color and The Mod On review

Fast Color and The Mod On review

The Mod On – Treibsand

Genre: Post-Punk, New wave, Alternative Rock

Similar artists: Einstürzende Neubauten, Ideal, Die Ärzte, Blixa Bargeld, Joy Division

The Mod On seem to confuse gentle Switzerland for wild Berlin on their confrontational single Treibsand. Or, have the tides shifted?

Listen, Orson Welles might owe the Swiss a belated apology. In the cinematic masterpiece of The Third Man, Welles’ character proclaims that Switzerland, in spite of 500 years of peace and relative democracy, only managed to invent the cuckoo clock. 

This might compel one to believe that most Swiss are bland, but friendly dinner guests who never leave a mess behind. However, judging by some of the recent alternative music coming out of European country, there are reasons to believe that there’s a riot going, albeit an affable one. 

The Mod On sound like guitar-wielding provocateurs on their single Treibsand. They echo the menacing, ramshackle sound and aesthetic of Berlin artists like Blixa Bargeld. They sound like people who only come out at night, smoke unfiltered cigarettes, and have clear opinions about the housing crisis. The Mod On’s post-punk is worth keeping an ear out for. 


Fast Color – Jimmy Red

Genre: Power Pop, Lo-fi Rock, Garage Rock

Similar artists: The Kinks, Twin Peaks, Neil Young

Fast Color are determined to prove that they’re the smartest kids on the playground with their single, Jimmy Red

Of course, the level of reverence that the modern public has for the likes of the Velvet Underground and Big Star, is proportional to the level of continued disinterest that they had for these bands while in their initial run. It wasn’t like nobody had heard them. People simply didn’t care. 

Perhaps it makes sense. For all the fancy songs, these were musicians who liked to let the world know just how clever they were. The Velvets, in particular, sound like underplaying jazz musicians that have just returned from a month-long creative writing retreat out in the big city. 

Fast Color seem to have been visiting the same class. Jimmy Red is a great, clever single. The trio doesn’t play a lot. But, there aren’t many bands that don’t play a lot so well. And, it’s not a lot they’re playing stupid either. Fast Color just know that beyond the optimal three chords, there isn’t much left to say. 

The Mod On - Treibsand

8.5

Fast Color - Jimmy Red

8.5

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About author

Eduard is a writer, blogger, and musician. As a content writer, Eduard has contributed to numerous websites and publications including FootballCoin, Extra Time Talk, Fanatik, Sportskeeda, Nitrogen Sports, Bavarian FootballWorks, etc. He runs and acts as editor-in-chief of the alternative rock music website www.alt77.com Eduard is also a musician, having played and recorded in various bands and as a solo artist.
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