Mod Con’s Erica Dunn: “The dynamic is two thirds drinking beer, eating yummy dinners and talking rubbish, and one third making weird songs”

Mod Con
(Image credit: Jamie Wdziekonski)

Politically charged punk-rock is no recent invention, and in the social and cultural climates of 2021, the genre thrives like it never has before – for good reason. It’s easy to see Melbourne trio Mod Con as just one star in an ever-expanding, seemingly infinite galaxy of them… But that doesn’t mean they aren’t incredibly significant. Like any good star, Mod Con burn brightly, explosive and authoritative with their tight and turbulent slivers of fascist-bashing brilliance.

Evermore is that clear on the band’s second album, Modern Condition, fusing punchy P90 juts and belting basslines with an experimental flair that makes each subsequent track more engrossing than the last. It’s the purest distillation of a group whose minds run rampant with creativity – case in point, the band itself is somewhat of a local supergroup, with frontwoman Erica Dunn also in Tropical F*** Storm and Harmony (and wields the solo project Palm Springs), bassist Sara Retallick doubling as Golden Syrup, and drummer Raquel Solier as Various Asses.

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Ellie Robinson
Editor-at-Large, Australian Guitar Magazine

Ellie Robinson is an Australian writer, editor and dog enthusiast with a keen ear for pop-rock and a keen tongue for actual Pop Rocks. Her bylines include music rag staples like NME, BLUNT, Mixdown and, of course, Australian Guitar (where she also serves as Editor-at-Large), but also less expected fare like TV Soap and Snowboarding Australia. Her go-to guitar is a Fender Player Tele, which, controversially, she only picked up after she'd joined the team at Australian Guitar. Before then, Ellie was a keyboardist – thankfully, the AG crew helped her see the light…