About


Biography

Garrett Komyati – Vocals, Piano, Guitar
Matthew Childers – Bass, Drums
Holden Laurence – Guitar
Michael O’Brien – Drums

The Modern Electric are the next great American rock band. They are driven by the feeling that time is running out; that it is crucial to express what really matters to loved ones before it is too late. They believe that honest, authentic songwriting has the power to articulate emotions that words cannot. Inspired as much by classic cinema as they are David Bowie and ELO, they’ve coined the genre “cinematic rock” to describe their powerful piano-charged sound. Each richly-orchestrated pop symphony is led by a voice that has no comparison; a unique vibrato saturated in soul and sensitivity.

Their latest album “Original Motion Picture Soundtrack,” produced by Mike McCarthy (Spoon, …And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead), is being called “a movie for the ears”, “widescreen pop.” Like a coming of age story about chasing crushes, surviving loneliness, and finding close friends, it is timeless in its scope and undeniably contagious in its melodic focus. Writing and directing a short film to accompany each track on the album, the band has set themselves apart as true auteurs of rock n’ roll – ambitious filmmakers as well as visceral songwriters.

They’ve brought their epic live show across the Midwest and to festivals such as SXSW, CMJ Music Marathon, and WMC after being awarded “Band of the Year” and “Album of the Year” in their hometown of Cleveland, OH. The Modern Electric aren’t creating songs that mimic the trendy sounds of the year. They are creating the kind of songs that are put on mixtapes for loved ones; songs that memories are made to. These are the kind of songs that become the soundtrack to a person’s life.

They are currently directing a new web series that shows what it takes for a band to write, direct, and release a short film a month for a full year. Entitled “Video Music,” the series gives a behind-the-scenes look into the making of each critically-acclaimed music video.

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Press

NBC (WKYC)

“The Modern Electric pay tribute to David Bowie”

CMJ (College Music Journal)

“Video Premier: The Summer of Lou Reed: The widescreen pop song strolls along, piano-led, like something a Wilco fan will enjoy.”
-cmj.com

THE WASHINGTON POST

“The Modern Electric’s Short Eulogy for David Bowie”
-washingtonpost.com

POPMATTERS

“The Modern Electric combine blue-collar themes from Middle America with smart pop arrangements on their new album”
-popmatters.com

THE NERDIST PODCAST

Episode 649: “Go to themodernelectric.com and see their videos
-Chris Hardwick

CAVSNATION

“…blast Kid Cudi, Bone Thugs n’ Harmony, MGK, The Black Keys, The Modern Electric, any Cleveland-based band. Show your pride now, at the parade, in the streets…”
-cavsnation.com

POPDOSE

Following the likes of Nine Inch Nails, Pere Ubu, The Dead Boys, The Black Keys, The Pretenders and Devo to national greatness and acclaim is The Modern Electric”
“Each track … paired with a Sundance worthy video with the band proving to have as much prowess behind the camera as they do the mic. If you’re fond of Wes Anderson … these short films are for you… It’s just a matter of time before the Modern Electric breaks through the clutter and becomes a staple on radio worldwide. Early adopters, savor em while you can.”
“The Killers… frontman Brandon Flowers better watch his back, because here comes The Modern Electric… Their sophomore full-length, Original Motion Picture Soundtrack would have been a Top 5 disc this year — but it’s not officially released until 2015.”
-popdose.com

CULTURE COLLIDE

“What do you get when you give a self-proclaimed cinematic pop band their own music video? A really well-done short film.”
“With music that is lushly orchestrated, bombastic and warm, we’re certain that The Modern Electric will have no problem securing those Sundance awards.”
-culturecollide.com

SCENE MAGAZINE

“ALBUM OF THE YEAR 2016”
“Scene Podcast: Interview with Garrett and Holden”
NoSleepInTheCLE Podcast: Interview with Garrett Komyati of The Modern Electric
“Music Video Premier: Slow-Motion Jeans”
15 Bands to Watch in 2015
“BAND OF THE YEAR 2013”
It’s just a matter of time before The Modern Electric owns the pop world.
They’ve managed to build a rabid fan base and pack rooms over and over again…
“Best Upcoming Band 2013”
“BEST ALBUM OF 2011”
“The Modern Electric to embark on first-ever tour”
While the band cites Roy Orbison as an influence, Rufus Wainwright or even Antony and the Johnsons are more apt comparisons.
We’d so much rather listen to [Northcoast Christmas] than to She & Him’s joyless new holiday collection.
…a really good pop band.
-Scene Magazine

DOWNTOWN MAGAZINE

“The geniuses behind cinematic pop”
“Critics rave about their captivating melodies, moving acoustic sounds, and catchy hooks.”
“DOWNTOWN Magazine caught a glimpse of what inspires The Modern Electric and how they hope to inspire others.”
-downtownmagazinenyc.com

CLEVELAND MAGAZINE

Like the movies, Original Motion Picture Soundtrack is an escape to a larger, more sublime life but there’s enough humanity for us to keep listening.
“Sick of Christmas carols? Raise your beer to Modern Electric’s holiday anthem, ‘Northcoast Christmas…'”
-clevelandmagazine.com
They have a truly transcendent [sound that] rises above the sound of the week or the sound of the year.
-Justin Markert

THE VINYL DISTRICT

…when these boys come to your town, you better clear your evening to catch them live.
-thevinyldistrict.com

THE WILD HONEY PIE

…easily brings to mind comparisons to The Shins
-thewildhoneypie.com

AKRON BEACON JOURNAL

“…Melody-heavy tunes led by Komyati’s vibrato and emotion-laden vocals”
-ohio.com

BAEBLE MUSIC

“Komyati’s emotive voice fills the album with a wall of passion and sincerity to match the Phil Spector-esque walls of sound”
“It’s apparent from the moment that the gospel-esque back-up singers arrive that the Modern Electric owes a spiritual debt to Born to Run-era Bruce Springsteen, they are also a band with their own expertly realized identity.”
-baeblemusic.com

MIDWEST ACTION

PURE M MAGAZINE

“Loud and lively… laced with enthralling orchestral elements.”
“Compelled by heartbreak and the power of cinema, they write songs to the ones they love.”
“I really can’t say anything bad about [(Try To) Pretend], pretty perfect in my opinion.”
-puremzine.com

TUNES NEWS

“…crashing through the walls of the current pop machine with their incredibly cinematic, symphonic, and awe-inspiring music.”
-tunesnews.com

AXS

Their music has the highlights of a soundtrack, illustrating the rites of passage that everyone goes through—and continues to experience.
-axs.com

AUDIO FUZZ

“The band manages to produce a movie for the ears, evoking life with all its ups and downs… The Modern Electric really reflect a Cleveland feeling, much the same as Chrisy Hynde’s first Pretenders’ CD did.”
-audiofuzz.com

OVERNIGHT AMERICA (CBS ST. LOUIS)

INTERVIEW: Kickstarter for New Album 5/4/15
Radio Stream: Pop culture report with Keith of Popdose.com
-Overnight America Podcast

SIXTY SECONDS OF HEAVEN

“…arresting, tension-filled pop symphonies.”
-sixtysecondsofheaven.com

CITIZEN DICK

“BEST OF 2009”
…big moments that leap out of the speakers and force goose pimples… it’s clear that The Modern Electric are swinging for the sonic fences.
…savvy indie-rock veterans, dropping hooks and energy left and right.
-citizendick.org

DIGGING FOR DAYS

…The Modern Electric are the next thing. Guaranteed.
Top 9 albums of 2009: #6. The Modern Electric – The Modern Electric
-diggingfordays.blogspot.com

CELLAR DOOR RECORDS

The song feels like the score of what’s going on on-screen…
It’s with great pleasure that we present to you the exclusive world premiere of ‘Great Expectations’
TOP 10 LIVESHOWS OF 2012
It’s a song about the ever-looming threat of world’s end, pursuing the one you love…
“Lead singer, director, and cinema enthusiast Garrett Komyati’s grand scheme for their new album (which will be released over the course of the year) is to premiere one video a month for each single.”
Delta Spirit to headline Beachland with support from The Modern Electric
-cellardoorcle.com

CLEVELAND BACHELOR

Top 25 albums of 2009: #4. The Modern Electric – The Modern Electric
… merges 70s minor-chord pop with heat and fuzz (think a little bit of Spoon, a little bit of Jack White)
-clevelandbachelor.blogspot.com

MUSIC BOX PETE 

“…a cinematic rock guitar edge […] that really puts these guys in a class all their own and just adds to their sophistication and elegance.”
-musicboxpete.com

KRYPTONITE

“…No matter how many times you listen to The Modern Electric’s recorded music, nothing will ever prepare you for how they sound live.  Most bands would trade their souls to sound as good as The Modern Electric do…”
“They’re known for their unique, ageless sound and being the masterminds of ‘cinematic pop'”
-kryptonitemusic.com

PRESSURE LIFE

New and old fans alike called for an encore for which the band happily obliged.
-pressurelife.com

THE PLAIN DEALER

…it’s near-perfect indie pop.
giving fans a sneak peak at the material with the release of a new single.
“Cleveland’s The Modern Electric is a headliner at the two-day NEOCycle festival”
The Modern Electric had just hopped off their stage at Brite Winter when the audience began chanting for an encore.
“New Cleveland music featured in Spotify playlist.”
-cleveland.com

THAT’S MY 216

INTERVIEW 12/23/2016: Northcoast Christmas 2016
-thatsmy216.com

BUFFABLOG

“Part manlier Keane, part vaudeville Jens Lekman, and a pinch of Spoon…”
-buffablog.com

ANARCHOHIO

The Modern Electric’s self-titled release get an ‘Oscar for Best Picture’
…one of Cleveland’s finest local groups.’
-anarchohio.tumblr.com

JOHN GORMAN

“A new band with a seasoned sound. The Modern Electric have earned the right to be the ambassadors for today’s Cleveland music scene.”
-John Gorman (President of Gorman Media)

DRUNKEN WEREWOLF

“‘The Summer of Lou Reed’ – a steaming lead single that’s sure to find the band success in the UK and their native US – there’s no reason not to love this music.”
-drunkenwerewolf.com

BACKLINE MUSIC

“Artists releasing anticipatedly (it’s a word) awesome albums this year”
-backlinemusic.wordpress.com

GOOD TIME GIRLS LA

INTERVIEW 2/19/15: New album Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
-goodtimegirlsla.tumblr.com

DEADLY MUSIC

“…a massive sound the likes of which you possibly haven’t heard since the 70s.”
  “It’s essentially a glammed up homage to classic Ziggy Stardust Bowie. The video is quite fantastic.”
-feckingdeadly.com

COOL CLEVELAND

… a sincere reflection of the Cleveland music scene and its capabilities.
“Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, an appropriate album title for a band who describe their momentously melodic music as “cinematic pop.”
“The quartet’s theatrical, keyboard-heavy music, which they call “cinematic pop,” has attracted increasing audiences around the region”
“… sculpted their soaring pop sound into something that sounds much bigger than you’d expect from a quartet.”
-coolcleveland.com

WAITING FOR NEXT YEAR

Cleveland Songs of the Year: “The Modern Electric – The Summer of Lou Reed” (a brand new obsession)
waitingfornextyear.com

OHIO BURLESQUE

INTERVIEW 3/28/15: New album Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
“The Modern Electric’s new album is absolutely a prime example of magic.”
-ohioburlesque.com

HOLLYWOOD KHAN

INTERVIEW 11/23/14: David Bowie Save Us All (Redux) Music Video
– mynameiskhan.ca

ALL THINGS NEXT

Favorite Songs of the Year: The Modern Electric – Great Expectations
Music Video Premier: Prowess Is Power
“They are brilliant live. It’s a show you wouldn’t soon forget.”
Favorite Songs of January 2015: The Modern Electric – Great Expectations
-allthingsnext.com

WJCU 88.7

INTERVIEW 2/19/16: Upcoming Documentary Series Video Music
– WJCU The Heights Cleveland

ALTERNATIVE PRESS STREET TEAM

INTERVIEW 7/10/12: Favorite Cleveland Hangout Spots
The musicianship and passion of the band are evident through every song…
-Alternative Press Street Team

LEACOCK’S BLOG

INTERVIEW 4/24/12: Leacock’s Features
-leacocks.com

THIS IS CLEVELAND

Local Bands Locals Love: The Modern Electric
-thisiscleveland.com

VENTS MAGAZINE

Simply put, this is not a band interested in the trendy sounds of the year.”
-ventsmagazine.com

CASE WESTERN RESERVE

The Modern Electric may just be the most beloved band in Cleveland…
-Case Western Reserve University Observer

MUSICXRAY

INTERVIEW 6/9/12: MusicXray.com Featured Artist of the Week
-musicxray.com

MUSIC SUPERVISION CENTRAL

“Sync Song of the Week: All We Have Is Now”
-musicsupervisioncentral.com

BLACK SQUIRREL RADIO
Interview: Local Artist Spotlight 2/23/14
-Kent State University Radio

TOWLEROAD

“Very possibly your summer 2015 go-to classic… The Summer Of Lou Reed”
-towleroad.com

I HEART CLEVELAND

New Cleveland Christmas Anthem…
-iheartcleveland.com

THE RHYTHM REPORT
For whom would you become a zombie?
-therhythmreport.blogspot.com

ROSEPLAYLIST

“Ten Bands You Shouldn’t Sleep On”
-roseplaylist.blogspot.ca

THE NOISE IS

Northcoast Christmas was just as much a song about Cleveland as it was a song about Christmas…
-thenoiseis.net

BRIAN THOMPSON 

Featured Song of The Week: “Mistakes” (7/9/12)
These guys are fantastic…
-Brian Thompson (Thorny Bleeder Records, The DIY Daily Podcast)