Miracles of Modern Science
Miracles of Modern Science

"String sections have been in vogue in rock and post-rock bands for 5-10 years, but I'm hard-pressed to think of another pop band that uses only classical instruments, especially one that dresses up in silver space suit costumes." - Wired.com Listening Post

Miracles of Modern Science began life in 2004 as a sea-shanty-spouting string band at Princeton University, formed by orchestra drop-outs and jazz band rejects. In 2005, they found a drummer and plugged their miniature orchestra into amps. From then on, their ecstatic live shows, complete with permanently sweat-soaked dime-store space suits, ignited hip-shaking parties to instruments grandma might have waltzed to. They earned opening slots on shows with Beirut, Evangelicals, and Parenthetical Girls.

The band pieced together their debut EP in dorm rooms and basements over the course of the past year. Its combination of post-rock explosions, anthemic pop vocals, and antique textures makes for a sound lost in time - this is how a Civil War string band might have imagined the music of the far-distant 1980s, or how Devo might have entertained at a Lincoln benefit.

This is no string tribute to rock. This is MOMS.