Originally the idea for the band was that it was to be something equally influenced by first wave punk, mod-revival, power pop, and a retarded reverence for Johnny Thunders - oh yeah, with occasional hints of doo-wop, oldie rock 'n' roll, and a load of female back-up vocals. After some footwork, a west coast tour, and a few sold out singles, The Cute Lepers released Can't Stand Modern Music, their first full-length album in June 2008. Lead by Steve E. Nix of the seminal Seattle band, The Briefs, along with several other members of the Briefs, The Cute Lepers debut album combines the attitude of punk rock, the style of mod, and the polished sound of pop. Can't Stand Modern Music was awarded "Best Punk Album" from the 8th Annual Independent Music Awards.