Modern Skirts began inauspiciously enough as a small, jellylike melodic piano-pop quartet in 2005. Within a few months, the band became the toast of the town, picking up local accolades such as “Album of the Year” for their debut “Catalogue of Generous Men,” “Best New Band,” and “Best Pop Band,” and packing the world-famous 40 Watt Club. Bolstered by their sudden local celebrity, the band began touring ravenously for the next three years around the Southeast, steadily building a devoted following from Orlando to D.C., stretching up to New York, out West to Austin and up the middle to Chicago. The impending backlash soon hit, forcing the band to tread into darker waters with their album “All Of Us In Our Night,” which offered them the opportunity to flex their creative muscle a little more and work with producers Mike Mills (R.E.M.) and David Lowery (Cracker, Camper Van Beethoven). The band further extended their touring reach last summer to include Europe (including opening slots with R.E.M. in Amsterdam, and Vampire Weekend and the National in Werchter, Belgium) and more of the American Midwest. After releasing their second record in January 2009, the band immediately began working on their self-produced, as-yet-untitled third release, planned for release sometime in late 2010.