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Top director’s screen test for The Modests

The Modests

Glasgow rock band The Modests are not only gaining a fan base in Scotland’s central belt, they are also being closely watched by one of Britain’s top film directors.

The foursome, who played the Voodoo Rooms in Edinburgh last week, were spotted by Ridley Scott’s company while recording at Universal Studios.

They were filmed on the road and rehearsing for what may form part of a documentary style film called The Making of a Band.

Fiachra O’Hara (bass), Daniel McGuigan (drums) and Jackson Harvey (guitar and vocals) are former Lourdes Secondary pupils, and were joined by Daniel’s cousin Liam Campbell (guitar and bass).

Their manager works at Universal and managed to fix an introduction to Scott’s people while the band was doing some recording for adverts.

“It’s great that his company has shown an interest in us,” said Fiachra.

The band are a fusion of rock and the better elements of punk. So who has influenced them the most?

“The Pixies, Jeff Buckley, Led Zep,” said Fiachra. “We’ve taken a lot from them.”

Photo: The Modests at the Voodoo Rooms (by Terry Murden)

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