Release Date: Feb 11, 2014
Record label: Run for Cover Records
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock
Modern Baseball is one of those bands that you knew would grow and grow quickly. Their music has a catchy spring in its step and as rude, smug and candid as it plays out, there's just too much emotional fodder to latch onto. They have a neat formula of using acoustic structures to build indie-punk ballads that linger on the more upbeat side of things, but one thing's for certain -- they mix it up well.
“Maturity” is a fashionable word in music criticism. We praise the work of artists who have waded through the pratfalls of youth to offer wisdom from the other side. A band cannot be great unless that band is, to a certain extent, in control — of its image, of its message, of just how much chaos it is willing to embrace. Even the “break-up album” tends to be a far cleaner, neater affair than such a label implies; by the time the engineer presses that red button, most of the messy emotions have already been worked through and processed for public consumption.
Modern Baseball’s You’re Gonna Miss It All is a sophomoric album in multiple ways. It’s the Philadelphia band’s second full-length, for one thing. Beyond that, Brendan Lukens recently finished his second year at Drexel University, and he never lets you forget what 21-year-old college students are often like—culturally literate, if not necessarily “book smart,” blurring the line between introspective and self-obsessed, impressed by their capacity for clever wordplay and emotional awareness while knowing both of those qualities conspire to prevent people from saying what they actually feel.
Philadelphia-based emo pop act Modern Baseball completed their second album, You're Gonna Miss It All, while still relatively wet behind the ears. Just three years into their existence, the band had already cultivated an infectiously catchy sound, drawing on high-energy melodic punk influences like Motion City Soundtrack and Tokyo Police Club while painting lyrical pictures with the same vulnerable honesty of older veterans of the emo world like the Promise Ring or the Weakerthans. The peppy and ceaselessly upbeat tunes that make up the album rush by in a stream of self-aware lyrics about uncertain romantic relationships, disappointment, and the more bitter side of unrequited love, on the especially caustic "Your Graduation." .
Modern Baseball is a young outfit, that much is clear from their sophomore record, You’re Gonna Miss It All. But this youth, it’s kind of timeless put to song. It’s the kind of thing that can cut to bone if you’re young, just getting out of high school or—like the band’s players—just getting going in college. But if you’re older, it can remind you of that time in your life, of how it felt to be lost and confused and on the edge of heartbreak.
Philadelphia’s Modern Baseball is about as talented as they come on the pop-punk/emo circuit. The band’s debut album, Sports, showcased its wit and creativity through the use of tasteful acoustic guitars and interesting dynamic changes, which were particularly on display on Tears Over Beers. But if there is one characteristic that Modern Baseball conveys more than anything else, it’s spite.