Earlier this month we premiered 72% Drowning In A Sea Of Bastards so it only seems fitting that today we can bring you the flip side from this 7” slab of wax that’s being lovingly released through Human Worth. The band is London chaotic noise-rock duo Modern Technology, the track is the six minute Lorn and is accompanied with the slightly eerie, yet also captivating monochrome visuals by Thomas Lacey of Cower, who’s design work can be seen at Got You Covered Kids.
Modern Technology bassist and vocals Chris Clarke comments about Lorn’s themes & lyrics:
‘The song is largely about ‘hiding from yourself, and hiding from issues that surround you’, it uses the metaphor of the sea as a dark, deep expanse where secrets lurk, waiting for a moment of silence to resurface. When your brain is dormant from the noise, when your brain is trying to sleep. It speaks to the sense of never doing anything about the thing you hide from, constantly repacking the boxes in your brain until you’re finally content with the solution. Never moving beyond, never addressing the real issue –The barking dog that never bites’
‘The punctuating line ‘Spare us the ones that fall back to sleep, they are the counted, they are the sheep’ — entwines a sleep metaphor with the popular idiom of a timid, docile easily led person. They are the counted — they are the ones that continue in this unwoken, purgatory state. Spare us this and wake up. Broadly it draws on themes of modern life’s embrace over humanity. How we’re reliant and yet resilient to technological advances, how we’re somehow more connected yet more distant than we have ever been.’
Now click play below to enter the binary world of Modern Technology and the track Lorn…
More On Modern Technology & 72% Split
Lorn was originally conceived in late 2019 and recorded as part of our Service Provider session at Bear Bites Horse Studio by Wayne Adams. But on building the album we realised the track needed more refinement and was cut from the record. Then at the beginning of lockdown we were approached by Joel Harries from 72% about whether we’d like to release a split single with them and if we could get something together for it? So with limited access to the studio, ideas started to swirl around how we could evolve the thinking of our unreleased material.
With Lorn – The song’s structure was shortened and enhanced with a new lyrics, vocal pattern, added synthetic and recorded textures. With a framework we were happy with, Lorn was later given additional mixing support by Harries who helped to enhance the new elements and help refine their usage.
Human Worth have pressed up a super limited edition of 150 marbled silver and black vinyl, featuring stunning artwork and photography by Joe Brown & Chris Clarke, which comes with two extra bonus tracks featuring a special guest Drowning In A Sea of Bastards remix by Wayne Adams (Ladyscraper/Big Lad/Petbrick) and a brand new Modern Technology track Ctrl, seeing the duo pushing their sonic palette into the most extreme depths yet.
Pre-orders are available on Bandcamp with 10% of the proceeds + Bandcamp’s usual 15% cut on the fee waiver days will go to the charity CALM – a leading movement against suicide, who are currently supporting more people than ever through this challenging time.
Modern Technology are:
Chris Clarke – Bass & Vocals
Owen Gildersleeve – Drums
Lorn was recorded at Bear Bites Horse Studios and engineered by Wayne Adams.
Joel Harries – Drums
Josh Ryan – Guitar
Joe Brown – Guitar
Drowning In A Sea of Bastards was recorded at The Lodge Recording Studios and engineered by Mark Cann and Rufus Fox.
Both sides were produced and mixed by Joel Harries and mastered by Stephen Kerrison at Tall Trees Audio Mastering.
Artwork design by Chris Clarke, photography by Joe Brown and Chris Clarke.