Dubbed "rock n’ roll classicists" and "an eclectic synthesis of psychedelic grunge and classic rock" by Chicago press Model Stranger’s sound and unique look has pleased rock and roll purists, indie rock fans, and casual listeners all the same. Their variety of sonic influences covers ground of which fans have described as ranging from Tom Petty and David Bowie to Pearl Jam and Muse.
While taking a break from the road, Model Stranger has been in the studio working on songs and additional material for a follow up to their debut release "Dreams & Bones". This next effort is proving to be a more focused studio project which contrasts to the approach taken on their first record. Priding themselves on their live prowess they recently released "Live at the Double Door" which showcases select tracks from a 2011 performance. The band will be releasing first listens and sneak peeks of their new material throughout the Winter/Spring of 2012.
Taking a live performance driven approach into the studio on "Dreams & Bones", the band completed a record that exhibited a raw and authentic quality in part thanks to an analog recording process. The record charted on CMJ charts across the country following its release in April 2010. While maintaining a dedicated following in Chicago, Model Stranger continued making fans around the greater Midwest and extended markets by remaining arduous to the road performing over 150 dates in their first 18 months as a band. To add to the collection of videos online from their growing fan base, the band recently released a video for the live and radio favored “Where Do We Go From Here?”
Model Stranger - made up of Stephen Francis (vocals/guitar), Kevin James (bass) and Vincent Joseph (Drums) is the epitome of a DIY band.This rock trio has worked the Midwest scene very diligently with an impressive list of successful regional tours. In addition to sharing the stage with popular national acts such as Our Lady Peace, Local H, Sister Hazel, and Neon Trees, Model Stranger has performed at famous Chicago clubs and festivals such as; The Metro, Congress Theater, Double Door, and Cubby Bear. Model Stranger also co-headlined the 2009 I AM FEST, and played at the 2009, 2010 Taste of Chicago festival, and Taste of Lincoln Festival 2010, 2011.
While the band will not be abandoning life on the road entirely in 2012, the majority of their focus will be new songs that will be used for an unscheduled release this year.
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Band MembersStephen Francis - Lead Guitar, Lead Vocals
Kevin James - Bass, Keys, Vocals
Vincent Joseph - Drums, Vocals