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Modern Suspects frontman Garret Myers’ sound advice


From their humble origins as the Indy Music Awards’ 2012 “People’s Choice” winners (back when they were still using the name Claymore Disco) to recent song placements with United Airlines and MTV’s Teen Mom, Modern Suspects have always shown a knack for catchy electro-pop originals. Frontman Garret Myers, who studied classical piano and started composing his own music at age 11, crossed over to the dark side as a bluegrass banjo player before finding his true musical calling as Modern Suspects’ lead vocalist and keyboardist. Citing European acts Phoenix and Two Door Cinema Club as primary influences, he and bandmates Bart Williams and Tyler Frees regularly perform at alt-music festivals, open for acts like Vance Joy and Cage the Elephant, and have just released a new single, “Demons in the Night.” The song can be heard on Spotify, as can these other favorites from Myers’ music collection.

“Wish I’d written that” song: “Dare You to Move” by Switchfoot. Is there a better, more positive message out there?

Favorite song to cover live: It’s been a couple years, but “The Distance” by the band Cake will always be a favorite for its groove and ability to get a crowd of people moving.

Most important album I ever bought: Dreaming Out Loud by OneRepublic. This album was the foundation for my infatuation with good songwriting. It’s littered with a perfect blend of electric and acoustic instruments, was produced at such a high quality, and is something I often listen to whenever I’m looking for songwriting inspiration.

Artists more people should know about: I have three very different artists that come to mind, the first being OptycNerd, good friends of ours who can be considered a “pop-hop” duo. We released a track, “Terrified,” about a year ago that featured them; you can find it on YouTube. Then there’s Pandas & People, a folk-pop band we’ve been friends with for years that’s perfect for fans of Mumford & Sons. You should also check out Iolite, a newer friend from Denver who’s currently based out of Nashville. Her music is an alt-pop artist in the vein of Halsey, with catchy melodies that are worthy of your attention.

Guilty Pleasure: None! I’m often given a hard time for listening to and enjoying country music, but I don’t feel guilty for it. I appreciate great songwriting and storytelling.

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