Pittsburgh Music Story‎ > ‎Rock‎ > ‎

Modey Lemon


 Venues Rock Doo Wop Radio Jazz Pop Blueshttps://www.facebook.com/pittmusic

21st Century Scuzzy Garage Rock Band Who has toured the world

Modey Lemon is a hardcore scuzzy garage rock trio comprised of Philander Boyd (guitar and vocals), Paul Quattrone (drums), and Jason Kirker (guitar and Moog synthesizer).  With their CD releases, world tours, and videos that have gained critical acclaim for their high energy music.

Pittsburgh Post Gazette music critic Ed Masley described them as “Pittsburgh's most explosive scuzz-rock/blues-punk/wigged-out-art-school-heavy-metal force of nature.”   

Mojo Magazine exclaimed: “Like a chapter of Hells Angels moving in next door to a suburban semi, Modey Lemon makes the recent garage band surfeit look rather staid,"

The UK press is mad about their "Predator" video that aired on MTV2 in the UK.  NME called the video a "nagging, screaming spasm of 'Spacemen 3/Suicide chaos" and Kerrang! exclaimed "This Pittsburgh trio is definitely worth shredding your larynxes for."

Modey Lemon gained a national audience with the release of its self-titled debut album on Anti-Flag's A-F Records in 2002.  Birdman Records signed them in 2003 releasing their “Thunder + Lightning” CD.  In 2005 they opened the Dinosaur Jr European reunion tour and released their critically acclaimed CD “The Curious City” on Birdman.  Their third album “Season of Sweat” was released by Birdman/Mute in 2008.  On their numerous tours of the U.S. and Europe they have performed with The White Stripes, The Von Bondies, the Blues Explosion, and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.  They have appeared at many festivals including the Glastonbury Festival 2005, ArthurFest 2005, Meredith Music Festival 2003, and Transmusicales 2004.   In 2006 the band appeared in a 'punk club' scene of the film adaptation of Michael Chabon's novel “The Mysteries of Pittsburgh” They performed two original songs written for the film along with two cover songs.

Modey Lemon formed in Pittsburgh's South Oakland neighborhood in 1999 as an duo of Philander Boyd Paul Quattrone.  They made their first appearances Halloween weekend 1999 playing live sets on WPTS 92.1 FM.  Before the 2003 release of “Thunder + Lightning” Jason Kirker joined the band on guitar and Moog synthesizer.  After the US release of “Thunder + Lighting” the band signed with Mute Records for distribution in the UK, Europe, and Japan via EMI (Mute's parent label).