The Modern Electric presents Northcoast Christmas!
with The Modern Electric, Papi and the Smears, and Dive Bombs
Doors 7:30 p.m. | Show 8 p.m.
This annual show, called Northcoast Christmas, shares its name with an EP the band made in 2011. The band's two holiday songs, "Northcoast Christmas" and "Great Grandpa John," describe what it's like to live in Northeast Ohio during the holiday season. This, of course, means the Browns losing football games, endless "A Christmas Story" references and shoveling away heaps of snow.
Join The Modern Electric for this special Cleveland holiday tradition featuring a carefully curated line up of some of their favorite performers!
The Modern Electric are driven by the feeling that time is running out; that it is crucial to express what really matters to loved ones before it is too late. They believe that honest, authentic songwriting has the power to articulate emotions that words cannot. Inspired as much by classic cinema as they are David Bowie and ELO, they’ve coined the genre “cinematic rock” to describe their powerful piano-charged sound. Each richly-orchestrated pop symphony is led by a voice that has no comparison; a unique vibrato saturated in soul and sensitivity.
Their latest album “Original Motion Picture Soundtrack,” produced by Mike McCarthy (Spoon, …And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead), is being called “a movie for the ears”, “widescreen pop.” Like a coming-of-age story about chasing crushes, surviving loneliness, and finding close friends, it is timeless in its scope and undeniably contagious in its melodic focus. Writing and directing a short film to accompany each track on the album, the band has set themselves apart as true auteurs of rock n’ roll – ambitious filmmakers as well as visceral songwriters.
They’ve brought their epic live show across the Midwest and to festivals such as SXSW, CMJ Music Marathon, and WMC after being awarded “Band of the Year” and “Album of the Year” in their hometown of Cleveland, OH. The Modern Electric aren’t creating songs that mimic the trendy sounds of the year. They are creating the kind of songs that are put on mixtapes for loved ones; songs that memories are made to. These are the kind of songs that become the soundtrack to a person’s life.
In 2020, the band launched a non-profit organization called Cleveland Verses (clevelandverses.org) that provides an outlet for musicians in the Cleveland music scene to benefit their community with their artistic talents. The Modern Electric released a charity single to coincide with the launch– a heartfelt re-imagining of Bob Dylan’s “Queen Jane Approximately.”