Getting To Know... Modern Guilt

With a run of incredibly engaging tracks under their belt to date, which see them take influence from the worlds of rock n roll, blues, and garage-rock, London-based outfit Modern Guilt have now returned to share the new video for their latest effort 'Hoping For The Hoping'.

With nods to the likes of David Bowie and The Rolling Stones running rampant through the release, 'Hoping For The Hoping' makes for a wonderfully bright and uplifting offering from the trio. Filled with killer riffs, catchy hooks, and some singalong vocals to boot, this new release is just what you need to get your hips moving.

So with the video available to watch now, we sat down with them to find out more about their origins and what has inspired them most over the years.


What were the first instruments you fell in love with?

Jaz: Guitar every day of the week, growing up listening to bands like the Kinks and the Stones, guitars were everything.

Scott: I was torn between guitar and drums as a youngster, but after watching a drum solo at my first gig (Ocean Colour Scene), I made my mind up.

What has been the most prominent inspiration behind your music so far?

70’s garage rock and soul. Big guitars rounded off by rolling keys and vocal melodies.

What kind of music did you love as teenagers?

Jaz: I was split between Dylan, Bruce Springsteen and Indie rock, I remember hearing The Strokes ‘Is This It’ for the first time and sitting in a record store to listen to the album from start to finish.

Scott: For me, the Britpop scene in the 90’s was a big thing, it was everywhere and a lot of those bands helped me to discover the 60s and 70s influences they drew from like Hendrix and The Small Faces. The Strokes were and still are a favourite too.

Can you remember the first song that made you want to pursue a life in music?

Jaz: No, but if I were to invent my own history to sound cool, it would be Bowie, Moonage Daydream. I imagine it was Springsteen as I was raised on his music.

Scott: More my first ever live experience as a whole, and also listening to a Hendrix compilation over and over again.

When you wake up in the morning, what kind of music do you like to listen to?

Hmmm, anything really, depending on the day. Something energetic is good to waken you up... We actually walked on to a Public Enemy track in our first show.

How many of your songs have you written about people in your life?

Jaz: A whole bunch, but I’d never tell ‘em. I steal bits of their lives and then add stuff on. Most of my lyrics are written about people, the easiest ones to write about are the ones you know.

What have been the most memorable moments in your career so far?

The ex-manager of Thin Lizzy saying our music is “as good as anything you’d hear from any of the great garage rock bands”. Also this week the legendary Bobby Gillespie (Primal Scream) sent us a nice message to say he really liked our single and was digging the video too.

Outside of music, what are your biggest passions?

Football, video games, coffee, house red, poetry.

If you weren’t musicians, what other path do you think you might have taken?

Airport security. Or those people who dress as giant hotdogs and hand out flyers. Same reason why we’re in music, job security, great working hours and high income.

And what advice would you give to other musicians looking to start a career in music?

There’s so much you can do DIY without bringing in a manager, a PR team etc, so having a grasp of the way the music industry works is handy. Ask questions, screw about with new things, learn production.


Modern Guilt's new single ‘Hoping For The Hoping’ is released digitally worldwide on Friday 25th September, but you can watch the new video for it in the player below.