modernlove. ended 2022 on a high, earning support from Jack Saunders at Radio 1, picking up a wave of critical adoration, and selling out all ten England/Scotland headline shows in advance. Now the Irish alt-rock band continue their arena-bound trajectory into 2023 as they share the brand-new single ‘Ruin Your Night’. It emerges as they prepare for their debut headline North American tour in March, which is selling quickly and also calls at SXSW, as well as their largest UK tour to date in April.
‘Ruin Your Night’ shows the band’s limitless potential, an electrifying indie-pop dancefloor filler that feels like a modern missing link between Bloc Party and The 1975. While it rushes out of the speakers with an instant euphoria, its lyrics capture the relatable turmoil of a big night out that ends with the mess and regret of alcohol-fuelled conflict. As vocalist/guitarist Barry Lally laments, “I promise that I didn’t mean to ruin your night / I’m sorry it’s just what I do.” The song was written bymodernlove. and produced by the band with Tom Leach (Lewis Capaldi, Years and Years).
modernlove. commented, “‘Ruin Your Night’ explores those times we’ve all experienced in relationships where every night inevitably blows up into a huge fight and it seems futile to ever try going out and having fun together. We all sometimes fall victim to alcohol-fuelled self-sabotage, and this song attempts to capture both the fire and intensity of those nights and the quiet gentle melancholy of the mornings after. The song has a sort of sonic irony in that it’s a straight up indie dance banger about having an awful night out.”
The ‘Ruin Your Night’ video ironically sees modernlove. doing the complete opposite. An energising love letter to the communal rush of live music, the visual compiles highlights from the band’s November 2022 headline tour: fans queuing around the block, backstage banter, rapturous reactions, and countless moments of the band and their fans connecting in person. And best of all, they’re soon about to do it all over again – but on a grander scale.
Currently building towards the release of their upcoming third EP, modernlove. consists of Barry Lally (vocals/guitar),Graham Fagan (guitar), Daniel Rooney (bass), Cian McCluskey (drums). They formed in Drogheda, Ireland in 2016 where they had no choice but to kick-start their own local DIY music scene. It wasn’t long before their shows were packing local venues, and perhaps just as importantly, a community of like-minded bands and fans began to emerge in their area. What had been a desert for live guitar music eventually became an oasis.
When modernlove. released their first two EPs, ‘monochrome blue’ and ‘On My Mind’, they discovered the local following they had cultivated was replicated further afield. As their touring also expanded, they found that fans would find a hugely positive outlet from songs which often talk about the challenges that come with young adulthood.
The band’s upcoming UK headline tour is listed below. They’re also confirmed to play the Victorious Festival in August.
6th – Cambridge, The Portland Arms
7th – Southampton, The Joiners
8th – Liverpool, The Shipping Forecast
9th – Edinburgh, The Mash House
11th – Oxford, The Bullingdon
12th – Nottingham, Rough Trade
13th – Cardiff, Clwb Ifor Bach
14th – London, Lafayette