With its debut single “Welcome Home” (Dec. 2018) and a five-song EP Fast Friends (early 2019) Jacksonville indie-emo quintet Modern Violence came out swinging, assaulting and battering listeners with a unique blend of atmospheric and heavy riffage, lyrics that range from melancholy to seething, and an overall ambience the band likes to call “The Big Sad.”

Despite any references to brutality or sorrow (in name or in song), the band–which consists of Jesse Brantman (guitar, vox), John Shannon (keys), Jeremy Blanton (bass), Mike VonBalson (drums), and Bobby Marino (guitar)–has quickly earned a fervent local following, who joyfully flock to catch local shows whenever the individuals that make up Modern Violence’s illustrious (and quite busy) lineup can gather together.

We were lucky enough to wrangle the group for a set at our Jax Beach headquarters a few months back. Click play to make Modern Violence your newest “Good Friend.”

Presented by: Halyard Brewing Co.

Sound/Mix: Glenn Van Dyke
Film/Edit: Josh Hansbrough

This feature originally appeared on our website in December of 2019.