Modern Comforts are Connor Curran (Vocals), Conal Morton (Guitar), Ellis Hale (Bass) and Nick Kerry on Drums. They are an alternative Rock/Punk band hailing from the East Midlands. The band formed in the summer of 2015 in their local pub the Beacon. The band have gained a reputation for loud and rowdy gigs with their most recent singles showing off their raw, punky sound and attitude. I caught up with Connor to chat about lockdown and their new single ‘Snakebite’…
How have things been for you over the lockdown/tier fiasco?
It’s certainly been interesting to say the least, not knowing whether we’re coming and going in terms of being able to get together in the studio let alone get back to playing gigs. Thankfully it’s given us plenty of time to get some more tunes written with all the time we’ve spent locked up inside, writing has become the only vice without the thrill of a live show, so we’ve been writing pretty much double time. Obviously like most people we’re missing having a social life! It’s mad the effect it can have on you when you’re not seeing your mates, whether it’s getting on the piss together or writing tunes in each other’s garages. I’ve seen the effect it can have on people, but luckily in this modern age we can Facetime, and our friends are just a phone call away; it’s so important to check up on your mates, especially in uncertain times like these.
What are your feelings about the current situation and its impact on live music and venues?
It’s all a bit fucked, the venues were already struggling before covid-19 with a large number of them having to shut their doors over the past 5-10 years; but with covid it’s just added another blow to an already struggling industry. I’m hoping, once the venues are able to open, that people will start to appreciate live music again after all this time away, I’ve got visions of sweaty packed out venues and sold out shows on every street, it’s wishful thinking but we all need a bit of positivity don’t we?
Do you think there’s been enough help for the industry throughout the crisis?
I’ve got a feeling this might be a rhetorical question! I could write a few pages about the injustices that the arts have been dealt by the Government during this period, but it would be getting us nowhere. It just goes to show how out of touch the current Government are with the working class people, how are we supposed to dream of playing to hundreds and thousands of people at Glasto if we can’t even play at a small venue in our local towns because they’ve all been forced to close due to lack of funding? Luckily, a lot of venues have been kept afloat with the help of charitable donations and it’s great to see the whole community banding together to save a number of venues.
2020 has been understandably riddled with a lot of negativity, what was some positives for Modern Comforts in 2020?
We’ve had a couple of positives amongst the tidal wave of negativity, one being our sold out covid-safe show at Tutbury Castle in September, even if we did make headlines in our local newspaper after the covid police snitched on us for no reason! It was a false sense of relief getting back out there, the feeling turned out to be short lived as we went back into lockdown the month after! Obviously a second positive would be getting back into the studio with Sugar House to record our upcoming single.
Tell me about your new single Snakebite…
It’s a track that’s punky, uproarious, loud and in your face with an infectious chorus. The song is an insight to those feckless weekend warriors who use the local boozer to display their machismo and take their place as the alpha in their own little England. It’s written from the perspective of those horrible geezers you meet down the local, who feel they own the place. It was fun to try and put myself in their shoes having witnessed this behaviour first hand on many occasions.
What’s the best venue you’ve played so far and what would be your dream venue to play after covid-19?
For me, one of my favourite venues that we have played is the Sunflower Lounge in Birmingham. Before the lockdown, we had a couple of sold out shows with This Feeling playing with a few other bands, and there seems to be a proper music scene round that part of Birmingham. It’s just a class little sweatbox, and the bar ain’t too far away from the stage either! My dream venue would be Jimmy’s in Manchester, cracking venue in one, if not, the best city for music, what’s not to like?
Favourite Festival you’ve played or want to play and why?
I think all the band would be in agreement that our favourite Festival we have played is Wilkestock in St Albans. It’s a charity festival, but it’s absolutely mental. Last time we played, Slaves and Strange Bones were playing straight after each other as the closing acts before an all-night DJ act, and we had to play first thing the morning after. We were all fucked in the morning, it’s a genuine miracle that we managed to play a full 45 minute set and I dread to think how we actually sounded that morning, but that’s the beauty of a festival for you.
What tune should readers listen to right now of yours that sums you up the best?
If people wanted to get a good idea of our sound and what we’re about, I’d recommend ‘Your Love’s Addiction’ which I feel displays all of our strengths as a band, or ‘Spin Out’ which is a certified favourite amongst our fans as it’s the last song we play in our set. It definitely displays our explosiveness as a band, and gives you an idea of what to expect.
What can we look forward to from you in 2021?
Definitely watch out for a few more massive singles that we have been working on over the past year, which is some our best work to date. And hopefully we can all look forward to a few more live gigs, I for one am chomping on the bit to get back out there doing what we do best.