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Modern Time Machines gear up on dreamlike video for "High Noon," play The Satellite on 2/4

Modern shoegaze outfit Modern Time Machines aren't keen on playing it straight. Their technical proficiency could rival their nineties forebearers, given how their intricately-layered guitars and impassioned choruses weave together with clamorous virtuosity. On their latest, "High Noon," taken from their forthcoming second full-length, MTM, the band excels at writing a shimmering, hook-filled melody without heavily resorting to the usual grab-bag of influences.

Modern Times Machines have also just released a video for "High Noon." On it, the band cruise around the city as they stumble upon different kinds of gear on their way to their rehearsal space. But instead of taking a straightforward approach, they make things a little bit more fun by concealing a number of references that should appeal to both casual - and ardent - fans of local film director Paul Thomas Anderson. 

MTM is set for a release of April 6. Catch their upcoming performance at The Satellite on February 4. Here's the video for High Noon below. Juan Rodríguez

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Video: Modern Time Machines, "Loveletters"

Despite the rising number of shoegaze-inspired bands that have come into sight in the last few years, Modern Time Machines have gradually developed into one of the most exhilitaring acts in the local scene. Their latest single, "Loveletters", actually comes eerily close to replicating the sound that Shields brought to the fore in the late eighties. The knockout production elements in "Loveletters" are really what elevates the track to a higher plane, its searing, yet seducing guitars and reverb-drenched vocals coalesced with the video's variegated visuals. "Loveletters" is the first taste off their upcoming EP, which the band will be releasing in late 2014. 

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Modern Time Machines headline April residency at Casey's Irish Pub

From first listen, the initial reaction to Modern Time Machines is, oh, this sounds like Silversun Pickups. And although this is a fair assessment—both bands feature hazy, baritone vocals atop whimsical shoegazing rock—this Los Angeles-based quartet is far from a copycat band. For starters, the band produces epic walls of sound by layering guitars, percussion, melodies, and violin that wash its listeners ears with loud, extravagant arrangements that groups are lucky to achieve at any point in their careers. Which brings me to my next point: MTM is gearing up to release its debut full-length, Continuity Girl, which is slated for May 22nd. When listening to this album from start to finish, it is hard to believe it’s a freshman effort. But hard work pays off, and the shoegazers have already landed airplay on KROQ, a taped live set on Adult Swim, and a FREE April Saturday residency at Casey’s Irish Pub in downtown Los Angeles. – Katrina Nattress

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