ms_pic2_loresAnchorage, AK quintet The Modern Savage will release the Unwilling Participants LP, produced, recorded, and mixed by Brooklyn’s James Frazee (Beck, Patti Smith, Sharon Van Etten, Esperanza Spalding), on January 27. Gritty guitar licks and dynamic punk vocals are a 1-2 punch on Interpol cover “Evil”. On why the band chose this cover for their new album, frontwoman Jenni May Toro shares,

“We are huge Interpol fans. The sense of longing and desperation in the song fit the mood of our new album. A gender role reversal of the lead vocal excited us, and we thought it would provide a fresh perspective for the listener.”

Art directed & choreographed by Stephanie Wonchala and filmed & edited by Emma Sheffer.

Presented in the wrappings of an upbeat grunge-pop record, the album centers on Jenni May Toro’s marriage and the tumultuous divorce that followed. Empowered to take ownership of the fact that she was the one to walk away from the failed marriage and the vulnerability in wanting to experience love after divorce, it addresses the quarter life crisis of her mid twenties. Through the creative process, she comes to terms with her disillusionment towards an idealistic view of happiness, or “american dream” and a painful recognition that her hunger for more may never actually be sated. Sophomore LP Unwilling Participants Out January 27.