Modern Welfare – Interview

Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (

PD: What type of artist are you?

MW: We are a Modern Independent Hard Rock Band.


PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.

MW: Alternative rock outfit ModernWelfare combines the angst and raw power of hard rock with the immaculate melodies of electronic pop. The four-piece began when front man Lucas Hay escaped from small town life to the city of Pittsburgh in pursuit of a solution to his severe mental illness and substance abuse.

While street preforming to make ends meet, Hay crossed paths with fellow street performer and lead guitarist – Daniel Renz. Around this time, drummer John Yabut left everything he knew behind, emigrating from The Philippines in search of the American dream. When Yabut found himself in Pittsburgh, ModernWelfare found their drummer. Deciding to risk it all, the three packed up their lives and relocated to Florida.

The group’s plans were halted when COVID-19 struck the globe. However, this only motivated self-built and self-funded ModernWelfare to push even harder to follow a common dream. The group brought on rhythm guitarist Byron Taylor as the final piece to the puzzle and quarantined in a band house, dedicating each day to writing music. 

Embracing their diverse backgrounds and music tastes, ModernWelfare is the most exciting new rock band of 2021. What resulted was a sound reminiscent of Linkin Park, Bring Me The Horizon and Dance Gavin Dance. Lyrically, they lean toward topics related to addiction, mental health, personal experiences and personal struggles.


PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?

MW: Linkin Park, Bring Me The Horizon, Dance Gavin Dance, Crown The Empire, Awake At Last.


PD: What are your dreams and goals?

MW: Our Dreams are our goals. We work hard to achieve what every musician and band is also trying to achieve. We want our music to be heard and related too.


PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?

MW: The whole band writes the instrumentation and lead singer Lucas Hay works with his personal experiences and other members to come up with the lyrics and vocal melodies. 


PD: How do you promote your band and shows?

MW: Our band is self-built and self-funded, so all members are part of the band’s street team. Some of the members focus on social media marketing with the bands marketing manager and multimedia artist. This includes Posters, Local Outreach, Billboards, Online advertisements and Giveaways.


PD: What do you think about downloading music online?

MW: The more outlets there are for fans and potential fans to listen to, own and share our music the better. For us it’s okay to download our music. That means our music has reached the listener’s heart and they can now share what they have heard with others. Sharing experiences is what music is all about.


PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?

MW: None. Music is an artform. To envy another artist’s work isn’t constructive. To respect someone’s art is. As a band we have tons of influences, but we want to make our own original art.


PD: What are some of your pet peeves?

MW: Life’s too short to stress about the little stuff.


PD: What is your proudest moment in music?

MW: When we recorded our Studio Ep and dropped the first song off that album on May 21 “Walls”


PD: So what are you working on at the moment?

MW: Promotion and Releases. We also are working on booking live shows as things start to open back up.


PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from? 

MW: You can find all streaming links or purchase our single “Walls” on our website

We also have merch and upcoming shows listed there as well.

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