When you think of contemporary music coming out of Manchester, The 1975, Blossoms, or maybe even Pale Waves can spring to mind. Big bands capable of filling huge venues & arenas with a loyal fanbase the world over.

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Go a bit further back, and the heavy hitters of Oasis, The Stone Roses, The Smiths & Joy Division all have their names forever etched in the bedrock of Manchester music. Unfortunately these big names and their rich history can weigh heavy on newer bands, and their honest attempts at expressing themselves winds up a quasi-impersonation of something gone before them.

However, there is always an exception to the rule. A band that when they arrive, totally dismiss the stereotypes put before them, ignoring any unwritten rules of Manchesters storied past and carve their own path towards the dream of writing their own name into the annals.

MODELS are one such band. Blending vibrant synths, super smooth R&B and rock and roll crooning, the three piece are unapologetically pop and their love of blissful melodies intertwined with contemporary tales of love in all its glory is at the heart of their craft. However, their music is as diverse as they are talented, with songs ranging from ‘80s tinged upbeat dance floor fillers, to sombre ambient euphonies that mirror the dimly lit, buzzing metropolis of their city at night.

The band’s latest single ‘Thriller’ falls completely into the former category. Described by the band as being “a song about self-reflection and our lowest of moments, that in the right circumstances, could be miraculously changed with the introduction of someone’s compassion. This offering of love ignites the glorious possibility that a relationship could be forged from embers, explode into life and be so all consuming for those involved that the grandeur and romance of it all is enough to embody an entire film genre.”

We caught up with the band following the track’s release:

Please introduce yourself in less than 10 words…..
Unapologetically a pop band.
What come first lyrics or music?
9 times out of 10 it’s the music, but it all depends on where the inspiration comes from. Our writing style is a little bit unorthodox as we write everything in the studio. With each song there is a period of time where we develop and curate the initial idea’s with melodies and lyrics until gradually a full form eventually starts to take shape. That process continues pretty much until the song is finished. It’s a sort of feedback loop, using old ideas and new ideas at the same time to create something new and interesting.
How did you all meet?
We met at York St John University in York whilst studying Music. Although we were in separate years, the social aspect of Uni and the culture of playing in loads of different bands and ensembles naturally put us in the same places all the time.
If you could collaborate with anyone would it be?
As a band we would say HAIM, we are absolutely obsessed with them as musicians, writers, producers and they are easily one of the best live bands in the world right now. Joe would say producer James Ford from Simian Mobile Disco. Liam would love to co-produce something with George Daniel from The 1975 and Chris would choose to work with Thom Yorke from Radiohead.
 
If you could change anything about the industry, what would it be?
This is a pretty hot topic at the moment, but we would obviously advocate for musicians, artists, writers, crew members, to be paid fairly for their contributions. There is a serious disconnect between what is fair and what’s currently in place now, especially with streaming services.
What would be on your rider?
Beer from Shindigger & Cloudwater (amazing Manchester breweries), Guinness, some really cold water and tea & coffee making gear. Fresh fruit (apples, bananas & lemons). Sushi for Joe, Fig rolls for Chris and spicy flavour Transform-A-Snack for Liam. Oh and a nice bottle of bourbon, Woodford Reserve maybe.
 
If you could open for any band who would it be?
The 1975. They are Manchester boys, and they play all the biggest venues so it’s an absolute no brainer.
What’s in store for you when all this is over?
Hopefully a gig as soon as possible. We were really looking forward to playing loads of shows throughout 2020, but obviously because of covid they were postponed for what we assumed at the time was temporarily, but then as the pandemic progressed they were either knocked back until 2021 or totally cancelled. As musicians we miss playing live a huge amount, but on the other side of the coin, we also miss just going to gigs as punters and to our favourite venues for a drink and to see who’s playing on the off chance, so we really miss that social side too.
 
Talk us through the new track and video?
Thriller is at its heart a song about self reflection and our lowest of moments, that in the right circumstances, could be miraculously changed with the introduction of someone’s compassion. Musically it leans really heavily on a quintessential 80’s pop sound, which we chose because of its immediacy and accessibility.
The video echoes the narrative of the lyrics, with re-imagined footage from the most iconic thriller of all time, Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘Psycho’.
Where can we find out more? 
You can find our music on all your favourite streaming/music stores and you can follow us on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter at @modelstheband. Merch available soon, what sizes do you want?