MDRN LOVE – They’re a couple of talented local boys who grew up in Geelong with a shared love of music. MDRN LOVE, formerly Revolution, is a band that promises a modern take on rock music. I spoke with Jack Harman, who provides the band’s lead vocals. The band also include Jack’s brother Riley, who plays rhythm guitar, Nic Tutone on lead guitar, Daniel Siketa on bass, and Dom Alvaro on drums.
In 2014, while the band was still Revolution, they performed and took part in a charity fundraiser called Rock Off MND. The brothers were next door neighbours to its organisers Peter Simko and his wife Jenny . Jenny was diagnosed with Motor neurone disease in August 2014. The song ‘Breathe’ (track 4 from their soon to be released debut EP) was written in honour of Jenny, who unfortunately passed away in 2015 from this horrendous disease. The event was dedicated to raising awareness of MND and having a positive outlook for sufferers and their families. Rock Off MND raised $61,000 towards research for MND, and continues to run events annually.
The boys had all worked in different bands prior to forming MDRN LOVE halfway into 2016. “We’re just good mates who are music fans,” Jack tells me. Mixing some recorded synthetic sounds with their instrumental and vocals, MDRN LOVE produces down to earth ‘modern’ rock music. The move to MDRN LOVE was motivated by a need for a unique identity.
Rebranding from Revolution was also influenced by the addition of Dom and Daniel to the band, marking a shift in their journey.
This year, MDRN LOVE hit off a tour with the first single off their debut EP ‘Bring Me Down’. The tour took place across six shows from Warrnambool to Melbourne. “It was a lot of fun,” Jack says. “When you’re playing live, you give everything you’ve got in that moment. The crowds are forever changing, and I love the challenge of drawing in audiences and involving them in our shows”.
MDRN LOVE are set to launch their debut ‘Self-titled’ EP with a show at the Geelong Hotel on Saturday December 2nd. The boys are looking forward to getting back on the road next year with a string of shows to promote their EP. The tour will take place along the East Coast in addition to some spot shows and supporting shows across Victoria. In the approaching year, MDRN LOVE is looking forward to getting more exposure, being current and sharing their music.
For everything MDRN LOVE, visit http://www.mdrnlovemusic.com
Story written by Stephanie Downing. Photo: Ian Laidlaw