For the band Changing Modes’ fifth album, In Flight, merges a slew of musical landscapes and influences from punk, grungy 70s punk synergy to 90s pop. From the first track until the last, the group takes the listener on a journey across several musical playgrounds and invites the listener to traipse through.

In the song ‘Life Drawing‘, the lead singers, Wendy Griffiths and Jen Rondeau go back and forth over a melody that harkens back to the psychadelic 70s, their harmonies gliding over a cool piano riff. To call their latest album sparse wouldn’t be accurate, as the instruments and vocals, of which all the members share duties) layer the sound to produce an even more distinct sound than what is usually heard on the airwaves these days. The title track could be on one of your favorite movie soundtracks from the mid to late 70s. Funky soul surfer rock? Chilled out, melodic rock? And from one track to the next, you could categorize their sound as such, but the consistency of their sound lends itself to pop art rock. Over the course of sixteen tracks, Changing Modes orchestrates a sound rich with harmonies and guitar solos that elicit an ethereal sound over tight rhythms and fun, yet thoughtful lyrics.

As unconventional as their sound, Changing Modes, started out on just as unique a beginning. Based in New York, the early start was from bedroom mix tapes from vocalist Wendy Griffiths. These layered artsy, boho chic recordings were the catalyst to the evolution of what progressed to a fully realized band. The full lineup now consists of the following musicians: Wendy Griffiths (vocals, keyboards, bass), Yuzuru Sadashige (bass, guitar, vocals), Grace Pulliam (vocals, percussion, keyboards) and Timur Yusef (drums, vocals). As their acclaim has increased, so has their standing in the industry. They have opened for the likes ot The Ditty Bops, Howie Day, and King Missile, as well as playing last year at such noted events as NXNE, CBGB Festival, International Pop Overthrow, and winner of MEANY Fest. Changing Modes proves with their latest release that they are a band that not only thinks outside the box, but sonically expands with each new release.

 

 

Websites:

www.changingmodes.com
facebook.com/changingmodes
twitter.com/changingmodes

Triston

Triston is an American jetset performance artist, writer, event organizer, and activist based in Europe. As a freelance journalist, he has covered both the underground and mainstream aspects of the arts, culture, music, entertainment, travel, fashion and Fashion Week in several cities, including New York, London, Berlin, Istanbul, Sydney, Bangkok, Hong Kong, and Tokyo to name a few. He has been published in The Huffington Post, Trespass (London), Adaras Magazine (Miami) as well as featured in publications such as the New York Times, Vogue Italia, Turkish Huriyet and other on-line and print magazines in the U.S. and internationally. He recently released his memoir on life in Europe, ‘Heaux Confessionals’. As a solo performer and with his band $kandal Du$t, he has toured in some of the world’s most renowned clubs, simultaneously maintaining an underground renaissance, blurring the lines of all that is traditional and leaving his indelible, and ultimately unforgettable impression. There is no divide.


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