Modern Kin's "Abandon" track drops today

By Joann Varnell on September 18, 2013

Drew Grow and the Pastors' Wives are no strangers to Tacoma. They have played shows put on by The Warehouse, Notes From Home, Broadway Center's Fall Free for All and First Night. What many may not know is they have reconfigured their band, stripping down to their three core members - frontman Drew Grow, bassist Kris Doty, and drummer Jeremiah Hayden. Along with the streamlined lineup they changed their name to reflect the new direction.

Modern Kin evokes a more grown up familiarity than their previous name. Without shedding all of their former soulfulness, they've emerged more raw and gritty yet still cling to the close-knit feel fans love. Put it this way: If the Pastors' Wives were the swooning buzz after a late night cocktail, Modern Kin is the anticipatory glimpse of hope after an early morning cup of strong coffee.

Even with the new name and new sound, fans of the Pastors' Wives will find similarities that drew them to the original band. They are still a predominately live band that'll knock your socks off with Grow's captivating and mesmerizing vocals, Doty and Hayden's expansive harmonies and the collective driving rhythms. 

Modern Kin will release their self-titled debut album Tuesday, Oct. 22. Janet Weiss (Sleater-Kinney, Quasi, Wild Flag) produced the album with basic tracks recorded in eight days at the now-defunct Hangar Studios in Sacramento, Calif., with engineer Bryce Gonzales (Here We Go Magic, The Breeders, Devandra Banhart). Two of the tracks - "Abandon" and "Big Enough to Cook" - were mixed by Dave Fridmann (The Flaming Lips, MGMT, Tame Impala), while the remainder were mixed by K. Evan Hodge III and Drew Grow.

In anticipation of the album release, Modern Kin is releasing their new track "Abandon" in an "inclusive track premiere" in a coordinated effort on blogs and media at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18. You can pre-order the new album from their bandcamp