Dubbed “rock n’ roll classicists” and “an eclectic synthesis of psychedelic grunge and classic rock” by Chicago press Model Stranger’s sound and unique look has pleased rock and roll purists, indie rock fans, and casual listeners all the same. Their variety of sonic influences covers ground of which fans have described as ranging from Tom Petty and David Bowie to Pearl Jam and Muse.
After the band’s debut 2010 release “Dreams & Bones” charted on CMJ stations the band hit the road playing over 150 shows in their first 18 months together. Amidst regional touring Model Stranger spent the following two years in and out of the studio working on songs and additional material for their follow up.
Taking less of a live approach into the studio yielded exciting results as the band made a point to explore a more “Model” side of their musical sensibilities on their 2013 release, The Changing Score. While traces of the energy and excitement captured on their debut release remain, The Changing Score takes travel down additional avenues from the genres of Classic Rock and Grunge. An EP showcasing the “Stranger” side of their palette will follow later this year.
Model Stranger – made up of Stephen Francis (vocals/guitar), Kevin James (Bass) and Vincent Joseph (Drums) is the epitome of a DIY band. This rock trio has worked the Midwest scene very diligently with an impressive list of successful regional tours. In addition to sharing the stage with popular national acts such as Candlebox, Our Lady Peace, Local H, Neon Trees and Ours, Model Stranger has performed at famous Chicago clubs and festivals such as; The Metro, Congress Theater, Double Door, and Cubby Bear. Model Stranger also co-headlined the 2009 I AM FEST, and performed at the 2009, 2010 Taste of Chicago festival, and Taste of Lincoln Festival 2010, 2011.