Modern Welfare

Modern Welfare (Hard Rock) - Florida

Alternative rock outfit ModernWelfare combines the angst and raw power of hard rock with the immaculate melodies of electronic pop. The four-piece began when front man Lucas Hay escaped from small town life to the city of Pittsburgh in pursuit of a solution to his severe mental illness and substance abuse.

While street preforming to make ends meet, Hay crossed paths with fellow street performer and lead guitarist – Daniel Renz. Around this time, drummer John Yabut left everything he knew behind, emigrating from The Philippines in search of the American dream. When Yabut found himself in Pittsburgh, ModernWelfare found their drummer. Deciding to risk it all, the three packed up their lives and relocated to Florida.

The group’s plans were halted when COVID-19 struck the globe. However, this only motivated self-built and self-funded ModernWelfare to push even harder to follow a common dream. The group brought on rhythm guitarist Byron Taylor as the final piece to the puzzle and quarantined in a band house, dedicating each day to writing music.

Embracing their diverse backgrounds and music tastes, ModernWelfare is the most exciting new rock band of 2021. What resulted was a sound reminiscent of Linkin Park, Bring Me The Horizon and Dance Gavin Dance. Lyrically, they lean toward topics related to addiction, mental health, personal experiences and personal struggles.

"Walls" Single Review
The track blasts right in with a healthy dose of high adrenaline filled riffs to get the energy maxed out. The Linkin Park like vocals kick in to start up the first verse and it ramps up into the stratosphere with its highly infectious soaring chorus. The track has plenty of depth with its layers of dynamic instrumentation but that chorus, oh my! The bridge of the track goes bonkers with its instrumentation and vocals. The chorus takes hold of the ending of the track and doesn't let go as it closes things out in grand fashion.

Modern Welfare blast into the Alternative Rock scene with their ultra catchy new single.

-Interview- (6/1/21)
1. How did you get started with music and how did you develop your sound? Who thought of the name “Modern Welfare" and is there any meaning behind it?

We started in Pittsburgh as a pop punk band. We all sat down one day and decided we wanted to do something different. So, we landed on the Hard Rock scene. The name of our band was chosen by the founding members. Lucas Hay and Dan Renz. We choose that name because we want music to be what people rely on to find comfort, to inspire them in times of hardship, and help them grow. That’s what music has done for us so wanted a name that encompassed all of that.

2. What do you want people to take away from your music?

We want people relate to us and to each other. We want people to talk about their experiences. We always hear “Music is the universal language”, so we hope our music is a steppingstone to expressing what people feel inside. The corner stone to those hard conversations. A way to relate to others around them and share experiences with each other.

3. How would you describe your sound to the average listener?

Our sound is Hard Rock mixed with Electronic Pop. The top three bands that have inspired our direction of sound are Linkin Park, Bring Me The Horizon and Dance Gavin Dance.

4. Who are three bands you’d like to tour with?

Bring Me The Horizon. Architects, and Crown The Empire.

5. How has Covid affected what you do as a band?

It was hard at first. We had some momentum in Pittsburgh. Playing shows with some big bands. So, when shows stopped we were unsure what was next. We packed up everything we owned and moved to Florida. Changed our sound and direction focused on writing and making music.

6. What’s your take on the current state of Hard Rock?

We think it’s great seeing all these bands we grew up with in the Metal scene as a kids making Hard Rock music. Its awesome. Plus there are so many amazing new bands that are killing the game. Right now Hard Rock is more than alive and well its thriving.

7. What’s the current music scene like there in Florida?

We have only been able to play one show here since covid started and it was an acoustic gig set up outside so it was chill. Now that live music is starting to make a comeback we plan to really get out there and see what Florida’s music scene is all about.

8. What’s your take on the royalties that streaming services pay out to artists?

Streaming services are all about money. The artist gets pennies the service provider makes more. We are always focused on what we can do as a band to overcome that obstacle because at the end of the day a band is a business too.

9. What’s next for Modern Welfare?

We have five more songs to release, and we plan on booking as many shows as we can till winter. Then back into the studio for another 6 songs.

10. Any shoutouts?

Persioux Crowley from Multomedia.