by Joseph Hess
Fans of hardcore in the mid-aughts might remember Modern Life Is War. The band was perpetually on tour, writing and recording albums until its split in 2008. Being from Marshalltown, Iowa, MLIW treated our city like a second home and played here with the frequency of a local band.
After re-forming early last year, MLIW cut its fourth studio record, Fever Hunting, and followed with a few one-off concerts. Luckily for us, the band is stopping by Fubar this Friday as part of a short jaunt through the Midwest.
Known for its poignant lyrics and confrontational style of heavy hardcore, MLIW brings a distinct, lingering sound. We have tickets to give away, and, in the spirit of vocalist Jeff Eaton and his poetic, personal words, we're asking you to write us a haiku. Really, the haiku can be about anything, but extra points are given to writers who can profess their profound need for the tickets.
To be specific, we're looking for a poem in traditional haiku form. If you missed this exercise in high school English class or just need a refresher, it's very simple: Haikus follow a 5-7-5 pattern. This means three lines with five syllables on lines one and three, and seven syllables on line two. Example:
Modern Life Is War Is really freaking awesome Please give me tickets
Leave your haiku in the comments section below, along with an e-mail address where we can reach you. We will choose a winner by 5 p.m. this Thursday. And If you're unfamiliar with the band, below you'll find a good introduction. Beware: This video contains the word fuck.
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