Release Date: Sep 3, 2013
Record label: Deathwish Records
This seminal hardcore outfit are still angry and have something to say... Fact: Modern Life Is War were the most beloved hardcore band of the last decade. Choosing to burn out rather than fade away, their impact can be seen in the likes of every popular emotionally volatile act doing the rounds right now. ‘Fever Hunting’ was never going to be a game changer like ‘Witness’, but the post-hiatus band are still angry and have something to say.
The nice thing about being in a hardcore band named Modern Life Is War is that you’re guaranteed relevancy pretty much in perpetuity. It just so happens the current moment is an exceedingly good one for the Marshalltown, Iowa quintet to reconvene after a five-year hiatus: the influence of their LPs (particularly 2005’s high watermark Witness) has manifested in very successful bands like Defeater and Touche Amore, while their new label Deathwish, Inc. has given music of this stripe more crossover exposure than it might have received in years previous.
After splitting up in 2008—less than a year after releasing the acclaimed Midnight in America—reunited Iowa punks Modern Life Is War have unveiled an unexpected fourth full-length. Fever Hunting catapults the listener back to the all-ages matinees of the ’90s, when bands like Fugazi, Quicksand, and Handsome forged the melodic post-hardcore that lurked on the outer edges of emo. Luckily, MLIW are excellent students and practitioners of the style.