Heavy hitting riffs, gritty vocals, and pure slay smashes listeners right in the face with Modern Day Outlaw’s new single, “Devilscorned”. A heavily rotated band on Not the Girl Next Door Show, Modern Day Outlaw once again releases a single that should be an instant add to any rock playlist.
I had a chance to interview Modern Day Outlaw, to get the know the band and to learn some insight on their new release in an unadulterated interview. Make sure to check out Modern Day Outlaw, their music and always #spreadtheloveformusic by sharing the music you love!
Tell us a little about the band, where are you from? How did you meet?
We are Modern Day Outlaw based out of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. How we met is no different than any other band. The singer Ron and I (Sergio, guitars) met in high school. Never really knew we had a passion for music until later in our lives jamming around with friends as a joke we somehow ended up starting a band. Go Figure. Kirk , oddly enough, was delivering tools to Ron(Works on motorcycles) and happened to mention to Kirk that he was in a band. Kirk mentioned to Ron that he played drums and wouldn’t you know it we were auditioning new drummers. Rob(Bass) played the cover circuit and really liked what we were doing and when our previous bass player left the choice was natural. As for Jake(Lead guitar), he was moving down to Florida from Virginia, he heard we needed a guitar player and he sent us a demo reel. The choice was a no brainer.
What kind of music would you describe your sound as? Who are some of your musical influences?
To anyone who asks what we sound like, my response is always the same. Modern Day Outlaw sounds like one-night Lynyrd Skynyrd was out drinking, Met Metallica, got drunk, had a baby and named it Modern Day Outlaw!!!
Let’s talk about the newest single, “DevilScorned”.
Our latest single is “DevilScorned”, by far it’s one of the heaviest songs we have written to date. It was challenging in many aspects, and we hope everyone enjoys the results.
Tell us what the song is about and what inspired the song?
Man, what can I say? Not sure how we got here , but I stumbled across the opening riff while toying around and really liked the pace of it. Since MDO is spread throughout the US I sent what I had to Ron who immediately called me back and demanded we record it. As for the lyrics and the inspiration behind the song DevilScorned is about the outcasts that we are. The square pegs who don’t quite fit into the round hole. We are perfectly happy being imperfect and make no apologies about it. If that rings a familiar bell to you, then here’s to you being the “Devils Scorn”!
How does the collaboration process work as far as writing/composing music?
As for writing, basically we always are floating ideas around, its not uncommon to have hundreds of voice notes while I’m messing around on the guitar just waiting to be made into the next MDO song. For this latest effort we had a few song ideas that we wanted to record, a decent amount of lyrics and song context we wanted for people to connect with, flew out to our producer (Matt LaPlante) who then took what we had and gave us the tools to put it all together. Honestly from start to finish it was miles ahead of what we had and were very pleased with the results.
How does it feel when you put all your hard work to the test and perform live? Do you have any crazy performance band/fan stories?
Well I would have to say that “Crazy band/fan stories” is an understatement. Through the years we’ve had some great times performing live. We always want to focus on having fun and bringing energy to the crowd. Seeing MDO live is truly a sight to see, not only do we encourage crowd interaction but if the crowd isn’t interacting we may actually bring the show to you…lol… As for memorable moments, there are many good some not so good, but overall we have had a lot of fun.
There is one time that I am remembering that was a classic moment. It was Kirk’s first show as
our new drummer. We literally had known each other for maybe 2 weeks and had practiced maybe once or twice. And for some reason the club/promoter had upset Ron(singer). As I tried to calm the situation down my efforts were in vain. We had to go on stage and just as I thought we were moving in the right direction it happened. Ron’s emotions spilled on stage. As we tried to lighten the mood by playing jazzesque comfort music in the background. Ron tore into an 8-minute triad accompanied by music. Best part is that no one but the band knew it was a tirade. The crowd thought it was part of the show. As we played on in fear I could only think to myself, “This is it, this is where our drummer just says fuck this and quits on us.” Well long story short, Kirk didn’t quit, and we went on to play hundreds of shows after that night. Good times.
Let’s shake it up a little. Tell us some strange facts about the band, that virtually no one would know.
Ron listens to Taylor Swift.
Kirk Plays for his church band and not many know about his heavy metal lifestyle.
Jake is not only a beast on the guitar but he loves endurance events, runs marathons and has been through “Tough Mudder” a few times.
Sergio played in a death metal band named Sickness in the 90’s, and swore he would never cut his long hair as long as he lived. Well, it’s gone along with his dreams of making millions in the music industry.
What do you have planned for 2023?
For 2023 we still have 2 more songs that have yet to be released. “Eulogy” which is an intense emotional song that hits on some very real life issues. Can’t wait for everyone to hear that one. And of course in true MDO fashion we have a cover of Credence Clearwater Revival’s song “Born on the Bayou ”. So far the new music has been very well received and we are so grateful that people are liking the tunes. Really glad our hard work is paying off.
By: Not the Girl Next Door Show/Angela Mockbee
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