Modern English are an english post punk band formed in Essex in 1979. Next year they signed for 4AD records. Joy Division was their biggest influence when they started but later the band's sound evolved to a more pop direction.
Their first album "Mesh and Lace" (1981), climbed the indie charts and the band toured with Depeche Mode and Japan. 1982's album "After the Snow"was produced by famous Hugh Jones (Echo and the Bunnymen, Simple Minds, The Damned etc.).
Then the band relocated to New York city and worked on a third album, "Ricochet Days", which made the top 100 in the US, after which the band left 4AD and were signed for Sire records.
The album Stop Start (1986) was the last Modern English record released by Sire, with the band splitting up after its release.
During 1983–4 time band's members Grey, McDowell and Conroy were also involved with This Mortal Coil.
Modern English disbanded in 1987 but they reunited in 1995. They still play and you better check out their Official site.
This 12" record was released in 1984 and it contains three beautiful new wave songs (Chapter 12, Ringing in the change, Reflection).
The wonderful cover is designed by the two geniouses called 23 envelope
They have designed many album covers for 4AD including the covers of Cocteau Twins, This Mortal Coil, Dead Can Cance.