Modern Skirts 

Traveling path to success

Troy Aubrey, who heads Nomad Artists Management, is bullish on the prospects of his primary client, Athens band Modern Skirts. "I think we're kind of where the Whigs were about a year ago," he says.

The ever-popular Whigs, which signed with ATO Records last month, is a textbook example of an unsigned Southern band finding national success. Modern Skirts, which released its debut album Catalogue of Generous Men last year, is traveling down a similar path. It has already talked with several labels, including New West Records. "One of the goals is to get our independent record picked up," says band member Phillip Brantley.

Much like the Whigs, Modern Skirts is a group that plays winning, well-written pop-rock. "We're pretty aware that our music is really accessible," Brantley says. "The most important thing about songs to us is the melody and the structure. It's not hard to see that '60s British Invasion bands are what we consider the golden age of popular music."

Modern Skirts' songwriting abilities are earning them a growing number of local fans, including the tastemakers at Flagpole magazine, which named Catalogue of Generous Men album of the year. "A lot of people are learning the lyrics to the songs, so we're finding a lot more people singing along at the shows," says Aubrey. "The last show we did, the crowd was so loud it was almost louder than the band!"

This fall, Aubrey hopes to book the band on tours along the entire Eastern seaboard, from Florida to New York. When asked how an unsigned band like Modern Skirts gets out-of-town dates, he says, "When a club owner gets the CD, nine times out of 10 they say, 'Wow, this is actually really good.'"

Modern Skirts play w/ Rosemont Family Reunion and the Bridges Sat., Sept. 9, at Smith's Olde Bar. $10. 8 p.m. 1578 Piedmont Ave. 404-875-1522. www.smithsoldebar.com.

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