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Modern Society makes surprise stop for fundraiser at local school
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Playing at local high schools is something that The Modern Society isn’t really used to.

But the band decided to make a special appearance for a fundraiser at White County High after returning, two weeks ago, from a whirlwind trip to Los Angeles where they recorded their second album.

"We are pretty much just playing what is off the new album," said Tyler Bence, guitarist and back-up vocalist for The Modern Society and a Cleveland native. "We went out and had a week of preproduction and recorded the full album in about two weeks, so it was nonstop."

The Modern Society will be headlining the Battle of the Bands at White County High, which is a fundraiser for the general drama fund at the school, according to drama teacher Gail Jones.

"We did it a couple years ago and we had about 400 people come," Jones said.

Four other bands also will be featured during the event: Fight for Eden, The Wayfarers, No Quarter and Athens-based The Complete Adventurer.

The Modern Society is a rock band with members from White County, and Bence said they are happy to come back home and play for family and friends who don’t have a chance to see them on the road.

"We’re still doing ‘Tokyo,’ and then people would have heard ‘Matinee’ that was on a TV performance, and ‘Black Daises,’" Bence said.

Other members of the band are lead vocalist Woody Brown, drummer and Cleveland native Thomas Carter and bassist and back-up vocalist Chris Martin from Cornelia.

The Modern Society recently won a contest through Music Nation and won a record deal with Original Signal/Epic Records. For the contest they entered the video "Black Daises," which was produced by the band and includes footage from their year of touring. The song is off the album "Friends and Enemies" and features songs "Tokyo," "1992," "Sidewalks" and "Almanac."

The Modern Society will play next with Ski Club on Saturday at Vinyl in Atlanta, where they are regular performers.

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