11 Songs, 35 Minutes


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5 out of 5

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7 Ratings


Bulls Fan in TN

These first 2 songs are crazy good!



Modern Plagues throws a live grenade underneath your cultural, political and spiritual notions. When the dust settles and the music stops, you’ll be left to deal with the eternal fragments lodged deep in your chest.

We were born for a world such as this


From the very first la-la-las I felt sucked into a world unknown. A world where there were no rules. A world where you can step into someone else’s high heels. A world where you can reference sleestacks and George Jefferson’s confident highstepping and it makes sense somehow. A universe where “b$&@!in’ and beggin’” might be the most loving words spoken from this planet’s pulpit. Where a reminder about Caitlin or Bruce snaps us all out of the confusion and frustration that our complex debates lead. There's even a monarch that presides over this strange kingdom known as the First B$&@! and/or Lady Trinity. This world is on fire but everything's cool. The corner stores are stocked with Diet Coke and Percocet and their planetary President actually admits when he’s confused. The streets are filled with sick beats, warnings written in beautiful graffiti, and voices in your head shout and invite you to sing along. It's a world that is without a doubt - just like its Maker - supadope. We were born for a world such as this.

About The Whistles & The Bells

A solo vehicle for singer/songwriter and ex-Cadillac Sky frontman Bryan Simpson, the Whistles & the Bells specialize in an evocative blend of Southern folk, gritty alt-country, and indie gospel, invoking names like Wovenhand, Jason Isbell, Mount Moriah, and Blitzen Trapper. The long-gestating project began percolating shortly after Simpson abruptly left the popular alt-bluegrass ensemble Cadillac Sky in 2010 to spend more time exploring his faith. As Simpson began examining his inner self through songwriting, he chose to launch a new project using the name the Whistles & the Bells, referring to the noisemakers on a train that warn people of what's coming down the track. After a few days of sessions produced by Grammy winner Vance Powell (Jack White, Chris Thile, Jars of Clay) and featuring a group of handpicked guest musicians, Simpson had the framework for the debut album from the Whistles & the Bells. Simpson self-released the album in the Nashville area in 2014, and New West struck a deal to give it a nationwide reissue that appeared in August 2015. In February 2017, Simpson released the Brendan Benson co-written "Harry Potter," the first single from the Whistles & the Bells' sophomore studio long-player, Modern Plagues, which arrived later that April. ~ James Christopher Monger