Modern English were formed in Colchester, England in 1979 by Robbie Grey (vocals), Gary McDowell (guitar, vocals), and Michael Conroy (bass, vocals), and were originally known as The Lepers. The group expanded to "Modern English" when Richard Brown (drums) and Stephen Walker (keyboards) were subsequently added to the line-up of the indie rock band . A debut single, "Drowning Man" was released in 1980 on the Limp Records label. (excerpt from Wikipedia).
From this period there is the Drowning Man single (B-side Silent World) but also a series of demo's the band recorded, including the unreleased tracks 2001, Coming For You, Feel it, The Plunge and Sitting. The sound of these tracks is very progressive punk and in some ways I feel more tuneful than their first 4AD releases. If you want to hear the them and the first single please click on the link below.