Live Record: Modern Kin

Book them, as soon as possible.
It only took us about 30 seconds to make a decision about Modern Kin. The band’s self-titled debut impressed us immediately with its distinctive, confident performances and rich production. Heavier and weirder than local Americana or folk, and with more folk and gospel influences than Portland’s indie-rock offerings, Modern Kin has a sound purely its own. It was a sound we knew we had to get into Banana Stand as quickly as we could.



After we booked the band, we found out more. We learned about Kris Doty’s, Jeremiah Hayden’s, and Drew Grow’s earlier band, Drew Grow & The Pastor’s Wives, and of the car accident which led Grow to restructure the band with a new name, approach, and songwriting process. We read that Modern Kin’s debut record was produced by Janet Weiss and released on Amigo Amiga, Hayden’s label. We later learned of Doty’s side project Chanterelles, which has also become one of our favorite new bands. Everything seemed to confirm our early, hopeful assessment. With huge talent, experience, ambition, and support, Modern Kin will be an important band in Portland and beyond for as long as they want it.


Of course, Grow, Doty, and Hayden are phenomenal live performers as well. But there is more of them than their songs and performances in this live record. The band also worked closely with recording and mix engineer Tim Shrout during post-production. We’re glad that they did. Drawing heavily on Banana Stand’s own natural sound, Tim and the band created a live record as distinctive in our catalog as Modern Kin themselves. The result is a little dirty, but powerful, and utterly live. It’s very effective, and even more-so when paired with our live videos of Modern Kin’s performance.



We’re expecting a lot of Modern Kin in the future, and are proud to have hosted them for this record. We think you’re really going to love it. Download it today!




Modern Kin – Live from the Banana Stand was recorded before a live audience on April 5th, 2014 at the Banana Stand in Portland, Oregon. The album was recorded by Tim Shrout, mixed by Tim Shrout and Drew Grow, and mastered by Chris Vita. Dane Brist produced art for the album, which includes original photography Michael McInerney. Videos of Modern Kin’s performance at Banana Stand feature footage from camera operators Tyler Bertram, Robbin Goss, Nick Gattman, and Veronica Rose, and were directed and edited by Michael McInerney. Banana Stand would like to thank Modern Kin (Kris, Drew, & Jeremiah), all who participated in this album’s creation and anyone that has helped us out along the way.


Find more from Modern Kin on Bandcamp and Facebook.