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by Aimee Myers

From the city that brought you deep-dish pizza, Kanye, and the Cubs comes the nation’s newest fan favorite: Modern Vices. Barely into their twenties and with a critically acclaimed debut album under their belts, these boys already have hips shaking across the country to their “dirty doo-wop.” Bassist Miles Kalchik let us in on what’s behind their self-proclaimed romantic revolution.


AIMEE MYERS FOR NOISE POLLUTER: How did you all meet, and when did Modern Vices officially transpire?

MILES KALCHIK (BASS): We all met and became friends in high school while playing in different bands together. Modern Vices began early fall of our freshmen/sophomore years when four of us were going to school in the city (Chicago) and we started writing together.


NP: Your music definitely has a doo-wop sound to it, but remains just punk enough to place you in the same category as other garage-revivalists. Did this 1950s sound come naturally to you, or did you feel the need to differentiate yourselves from the slew of garage-punk-psych hybrids constantly popping up around the country as of late?

MK: All of us have a wide range of influences and music we listen to, including 1950s doo-wop such as the Ronettes and the Supremes. Though we definitely wouldn’t categorize our music as doo-wop, we very naturally connect with and are influenced by the tone and emotion behind much of the music from then.


NP: It seems like Chicago is home to a tight-knit group of musicians, particularly rock bands. Did this stem from a need for a “scene” like LA’s or New York’s, or simply a mutual appreciation of each other’s work?

MK: Chicago’s super tight knit “scene” naturally stemmed from the city having a great community of very talented but also very motivated people of all art forms. It’s amazing because not only is there a mutual appreciation of each other’s work, but everyone is also super close from hanging out all the time at shows or parties.


NP: The music business tends to group you guys together with fellow Chicagoans Twin Peaks and the Orwells. Do you view these acts as influences or collaborators at all?

MK: We’ve all been obsessed with Twin Peaks since we heard ‘Sunken’ almost three years ago, so we’re super grateful to be tight with those dudes.


NP: Do other local acts tend to come off as competition, or supporters?

MK: Other local acts for sure come off as supporters, just about every band we love in the city feels the same way.


NP: Chicago natives, especially local bands, seem to have a lot of pride in their Windy City. Have their been any stops on your tours that have felt like a second home, or will Chi Town remain your one and only?

MK: Chicago is without a doubt our one and only, though we’re also in love with New York and now LA and Austin after being back multiple times.


NP: How out of control has your tour with Twin Peaks been?

MK: Our tour with Twin Peaks was actually on a super relaxed schedule with a bunch of off days. Those were the days that were actually out of control. We had four days of yada yada yada at Sasquatch and then some more of that in and near LA.


NP: What’s next for Modern Vices?

MK: Next for MV is locking ourselves in a studio to finish recording and writing an excess amount of new material through the summer. We’re looking to put out a couple of EPs in the near future.


Modern Vices‘ self-titled debut album is now available on Autumn Tone Records.





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