Deconstructing Vancouver's Mode Moderne, one of Canada's hottest new bands
Intilé met Loftkrantz when the bassist first moved to the Lower Mainland in 1999, that unholy year of girl groups and techno.
“He was just this asshole kid who was really good at skateboarding and listened to a lot of good music,” Intilé said. “And I was this asshole kid who wasn’t as good at skateboarding, but who was also into music.”
Intilé and Loftkrantz hung out at a skate shop, where the future singer would smoke weed in the back and write lyrics in his head, while Loftkrantz learned songs on a keyboard inside.
Fung and Intilé's initial meeting wasn't so hunky-dory.
“I fucking hated him,” Fung recalled, in a characteristic deadpan (one he maintains on stage).
“That’s the first impression I give off,” Intilé confessed, not looking remorseful at all.
Fung has known Gilhooly since he was 12 or 13—“I literally watched him grow up”—and Gray was transplanted from Student Teacher. Midway through a question on whether they, like many of their contemporaries, resent the Vancouver scene, Loftkrantz had started laughing already.
“People like to complain about Vancouver,” Intilé said.
Under his breath, Loftkrantz added, “For fucking good reason.”
“But if you’re making good-quality, lasting art, it doesn’t really matter where you’re from.”
Fung admitted his own frustrations lie with not being able to do “what a band should be doing,” playing to different people, not the same faces over and over. No Fun City doesn’t offer many places to play, and that doesn’t give bands much room to grow.
Mode Moderne in performance.
“If you’re itching to go glam, it’s hard to show up at the Biltmore the next day in nine-inch platforms and a onesie,” he said. “People won’t take it.”
“Talking from experience,” said Intilé.
“I’m telling you, they won’t accept it. No matter how cool you looked.”
“And I looked cool.”
“If you’re never satisfied with what’s on your iPod or what’s in your record collection, and you have limited connections with people who are likeminded…” said Intilé, “we’re looking forward to making connections with those likeminded people.” He was speaking of their, at the time of the interview, upcoming East Coast tour.
It was their first proper tour because they hadn’t had a full band during their last release's promotion.
“Some people view being in a band like drinking beer on Thursday,” Fung explained. “And that's great for them, but...”
Intilé and Fung admitted that Mode expects a lot out of each other, and that they always want to be the best.
“It’s something that we all really give a shit about,” said Gray.
“And some people give a shit about their bands, but they’re just not very good,” said Intilé. “So we give a shit and we’re good.”
What more needs to be said? You can find Strange Bruises on iTunes.