Band of the hour: Modernage

Modernage: making music, not sectional sofas.

“Catchy, dark pop songs about the everyday business of having to live, feel and grow up.” That’s how Mario Giancarlo, singer/songwriter for the band Modernage describes the band’s song style. Take “Four Eleven,” a song on their EP titled Receiver from 2005, which, according to Giancarlo, “is about a confused individual afraid to take the steps necessary to fix whatever it is that’s wrong; a song that encapsulates some of the band’s best moment’s so far.”

Made up of three Peruvians, one Puerto Rican, and one Panamanian, Giancarlo says Modernage is a group of five Latinos in a very competitive Anglo Alternative market. But that hasn’t stopped them from booking spots all over Miami from Poplife to PS14. In fact, the challenge has probably fueled them on. The band’s indie-rock style can be easily classified as “alternative,” but the band members are as eclectic in musical influences as they come: “the drummer likes punk, the bassist is a goth in disguise, the keyboardist loves Soda Stereo and 80s hair metal, and the guitarist/songwriter adores U2, Radiohead and Oasis,” says Giancarlo, who has a soft spot for The Beatles and Frank Sinatra. Regardless, these kids grew up in the eighties, listening to bands like the Smiths, Depeche Mode, and The Cure — which means they know what it means to “rock-out,” pure and simple.

Catch Modernage Feb. 26, 11 p.m. at The Attic at Jazid, 1342 Washington Ave., Miami Beach (305-673-9372). For a complete schedule, visit