Model Worker

Occasionally, bands email me to introduce themselves and their music. Ingo from Model Worker emailed me using the subject line “New Wave is not dead” which is, of course, the tagline of this here (sadly neglected) little blog. It piqued my interest enough that I was sure to read the “pitch”. Which essentially was: “Check us out, we think you’ll like us.”

Their bio reads: “Model Worker are a four piece synth group from Chicago, formed in 2009. Created with an array of analog synthesizers, drum machines, and guitars, the sounds fall into the the New Wave / Synth Pop genre. The band has just released a new EP Squares & Triangles in late 2010. Check out for more information and some free downloads.”

I just listened to the 4 tracks and I gotta say they are rather catchy. It should appeal to any new wave, synthpop lovers out there. While the songs are bouncy enough, I think they beg to be remixed so to translate better for dance floors.

In any case, check out this group from Chicago. They’ll put a smile on your face by reminding you of a simpler time.


About Marilyn

Gastronomic Hedonist, Tiki Lifestyle Dreamer, Digital Marketing Professional, Former Nightclub DJ, Happy Homemaker Wannabe, Cat Mommy, etc.

Posted on October 3, 2010, in new wave and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Ever since the 90’s it seems like youth culture has been nostalgic for pop culture from other generations that they were never part of. For two decade now, bands keep churning out revival genre cliché ridden sterile hybrid copycat music instead of creating a new style. Maybe pop music has been played out and there is nothing new to come up with. New Wave though a genre is mostly a time period in music, like Psychedelic or Baroque.
    No one wants to call it New Wave Revival, but that what it is. Bands that tend to label their music by a genre style usually turn out to be unoriginal and boring. Find a generation of your own.

    • I don’t see anything new or post 90s about continuing genres from previous time periods. Just look at the many many waves of Ska music through various decades before the 90s. Power pop bands in the late 70s and early 80s were equally nostalgic of the 60s, with songs like, “Back to the sixties” by Direct Hits (1980) and the paisley movement of the same time period starring bands like The Three O’Clock (1981-1983). Some of Billy Joel’s biggest hit songs sounded quite 60s in style, though written and recorded in the 1980s. There are several modern punk/ska/rockabilly/soul/etc. bands out there today. I think there is no reason we can’t have more New Wave! Just my opinion. 🙂

  2. Why don’t they call it Nu Wave. That’s because it is scary to be original and risk rejection. It is better to ride someone else’s coat tails and be instantly accepted. Isn’t that what all humans do things for is the attention of others. People who need people. Please agree with me. Don’t be mad at me. Please love me, so I can feel good about myself. Just my opinion. Smiley Face – Middle Finger – Smiley Face

    • Only since the 90s have bands been ripping off the past, hank? You might want to take a look a little further back, because its a much older practice than that. Bob Dylan started his career out as nothing more than a Woodie Guthrie imitator (a man who’s music was popular 20 years before Dylan’s career got started). That’s why they called it the 60s folk revival. The Rolling Stones (and, in fact, just about the entire British invasion) were just a glorified old R&B cover band even a few albums into their career. The Ramones sounded the way the did because they wanted to revive early 60s pop. The Seattle grunge scene was based on imitating early 70s hard rock like the Stooges. The point is all of these acts eventually did create highly original and great music, but they certainly didn’t start out that way. Its called evolution and it takes time to develop. If you want butterflies, I suggest you stop stepping on all of the caterpillars.

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