Modern Day Escape Premiere New Song, “The Syndicate”

West Coast hard-rock outfit Modern Day Escape are releasing their sophomore album, Under the Gun, on March 27. In anticipation, they’re streaming a new track, titled “The Syndicate,” exclusively here. Check it out below, read what frontman James Vegas has to say about the song, and let us know what you think in the comments.

REVOLVER What’s “The Syndicate” about?
JAMES VEGAS “The Syndicate” is about us and our amazing fans. They’re so supportive and badass. They will do anything to come to our shows, and we will do anything for them. Our fans are like us, outcasts like [in] The Goonies or The Lost Boys. I’ve had so many kids tell me that they got beat up or picked on for being a “freak,” having tattoos, being pierced, having colored hair, or listening to rock and roll too loud while hanging at the mall or just being a bunch of ruffians. “You fuck with one of us, you fuck with all of us… We are the syndicate.”

Which part of it did you come up with first? And what was the inspiration?
I think it was the chorus I came up with first. I just started humming it and it was so groovy I recorded myself singing it on my iPhone in [guitarist] Marti Rubels’ backyard. The guys just happened to be in our rehearsal spot writing the music to “The Syndicate” and it all kinda fell into place. When I walked in and grabbed the mic, I just vibed with them and it came to fruition. It’s like it was meant to be. As for the inspiration of the song, our fans were, to be honest. We want a safe haven via our music for our fans to “escape” to where they can be themselves and not have to worry about anything other than having a good time with other fans and friends. We don’t want them to dress up or wear makeup. We’re not superheroes. We’re regular people just like them, and we want them to know that we all have there back.

Was this an easy song to write or record?
Yes, it was a fairly easy song to record. It was more fun than anything because we had our friends from other native Cali bands–Fake Figures, Atreyu, Franki Doll & the Broken Toys–come out and do some gang vocals for the song, so it was fun.

What sort of feedback have you gotten on this song so far? What sort of reaction do you want to get from the song?
Everyone loves the song so much. The drums and the bass in the song just keep it moving. We have only played it a few times live so far, and we haven’t seen a single head that wasn’t rocking back and forth.


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  • Jennifer Byrne

    Sounds sick, can’t wait to hear the rest! <3

  • J_salazar_1989

    <3 beautiful glad to be a part of the syndicate! Can't wait to see if I am in the music video 😀

  • Candace Harrell

    I love it! I can’t wait for the album!

  • Kaela

    Love it!! Stoked to see the video!

  • Amanda Cremean

    Sounds awesome!

  • Cheyenne Genest

    i really love the song<3 BUT i really love the soon to be veiwed music video it's good to know fans are important to MDE<3 not only that but the music rocks too!!

  • Nash Rubels Matthews

    love it !

  • Lisa Laser

    awesome song.

  • Frank Pascarella

    great work cant wait for the album

  • Amber

    LOVE IT!!!!!

  • Anthony Thibert

    this is sick !

  • Sara

    Awesome song, awesome band with an incredible work ethic which puts many bands to shame. Can’t wait for under the gun. If you haven’t already, get their previous offering, ‘house of rats’ …. You won’t be sorry…… Sara (united kingdom facebook street team admin.)

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  • Ashleyj

    Great song :)

  • Ricanboi123

    Wheres the song?

  • Erica Conrad

    The song is amazing! 

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  • ariluxiz

    luv u guys!!!!!>… your song is amazing ,,, luv it !!!!, :3 <3

  • Pookie Spencer

    love these people

  • Scumbagchicks

    i love u guys and ur music its amazing lol

  • Sstravnicek

    i have theses lyrics on my walls :)

  • asdfghjkl

    I hope this isn’t the final version, because to me it sounds kinda like everything is almost out of sync. The instruments could be a little tighter together IMO. Maybe it’s just me, though.