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Synth-rock hybrids and modern New Wave Goodness

Stephen T. Durrant "tdurrant"
The list author says: "There are several bands in the modern scene that play a somewhat new-wave influenced blend of synthpop and new wave rock. These are some that I think stand out..."
Texas
Texas
"For a young artist, this guy has a lot of maturity and creativity in his sound.  It's a great blend of new wave attitude, synth, and guitars.  Great debut!"
We Are Pilots
We Are Pilots
"I prefer the songs where the male vocalist takes the lead, but all in all, it's solid stuff from start to finish."
Universal Republic
Universal Republic
"Again, there's a blend of female and male lead vocals, and a nice variety of styles ranging from the 80's-esque gothic new wave to sassy electro.  Also like Shiny Toy Guns..."
Under The Iron Sea
Under The Iron Sea
"This second album is even better than their first, with great atmosphere, emotion, and skill.  They're basically a keyboard band, but manage to rock with it too."
We Collide
We Collide
"One of the absolute best albums of the last few years-- edgy, emotional, and utterly addicting.  It has a high import price, but usually there are less expensive marketplace offerings."
Big Beautiful Sky [Enhanced CD]
Big Beautiful Sky [Enhanced CD]
"This is an utterly classic synthpop album, with rich original female vocals and great electronics."
Breaking Point
Breaking Point
"These guys have roamed from new wave, to synth, to gothic rock, and back again.  This is a newer release and they seem to be blending in the best elements of their past, with nice synths and guitars, and that haunting vocal."
The Brothers Martin
The Brothers Martin
"This is an excellent album with Ronnie Martin of Joy Electric and his brother, playing a nice combination of electronics and classy guitar ala The Smiths, New Order, etc.  Catchy songs!"
The Modern
The Modern
"I must admit, this album BLEW ME AWAY!  The combination of male and female vocals.  Pretty much every track on the album could have been an 80's smash hit, combining synths and guitars.  Think of Berlin together with Human League and just the right touch of Duran Duran.  Great!"
Parallel Universe
Parallel Universe
"These guys are a modern classic, blending elements of The Cure with Keane (sounds quite a bit like Playradioplay too).  Mostly synth-leads, but with a great variety of sounds and textures, and great lyrics."
Wrath
Wrath
"Iris is one of the best underground bands that is on the verge of breaking big at any moment.  They always present a solid grasp of song-writing and melody."
Absolution
Absolution
"OK, so this one is mostly rock.  But when it comes to crazy rock skills, these guys have it mastered!  I can't believe the talent level here.  I call it Queen-meats-Keane."
The Winter of Our Discontent
The Winter of Our Discontent
"These guys are one of the top "modern synthpop" bands on the indie scene, blending synths and guitars, going from light and bouncey, to grinding and edgy, to anthemic dance tracks."
The Alternative
The Alternative
"It's great that this stuff was finally released in the USA.  He's been big all over Europe for a few years, and with his flashy image and cool sound, you'll quickly hear why!  Ultimate modern new wave!"
Deluge
Deluge
"Very nice album from the guys that used to be the band Agnes Poetry.  They have a more polished sound now, often with a classic 80's anthem flavor."
Danse Macabre
Danse Macabre
"These guys sure made a splash when this album was new.  I think they've died down a bit now, but it was good electro-punk with a fun new wave flavor."
A Kiss Could Be Deadly
A Kiss Could Be Deadly
"Now this sounds like a punk / new wave band right out of the 80's, with nice female lead vocals and fun attitude."
Outrageous
Outrageous
"This is also a fun, sassy offering from a modern "new wave" rock band that appeals to us old-school folks, while still punching out songs with modern appeal."
While We Fall
While We Fall
"This is a wonderful album that sounds like a lush reincarnation of The Cure, with a touch of Coldplay.  It's simply epic."
Metro Station
Metro Station
"OK, this is a teen band, but they play a wonderful blend of rock/pop and synthy club music.  It's just plain catchy and fun!"
Universe
Universe
"This debut from Wideband Network is a great work of electronic pop, with a bit of indie rock flavor thrown in.  Danceable, catchy, well-performed, and unique."
One Full Year
One Full Year
"This guy is very unique, blending electronics and alternative in a fun way.  There's a lot of talent here, a lot of variety, and I hope to hear more.  Even a club hit or two."
Non-Binary
Non-Binary
"This is one of my favorite albums of 2008.  It's been many years since Kiethevez put out anything, new, but this makes it worth the wait!  If you haven't heard them before, check it out!  You'll be happy you did!"
Ultimate Sky
Ultimate Sky
"This is the second album from Michigan (though the first released in the USA) and it's where they found their true voice.  Great, emotional, lush tracks-- like a better modern encarnation of Depeche Mode."
Pulse of Pain
Pulse of Pain
"This third album is just as good as the previous, with some anthems, like the wonderful song "Nomad"."