He’s been haunting my dreams at night.
I’ve been bleeding from tripping in the dark, trying to turn on the light.
5. 13. 16
There are always those bands I dismiss. These are the bands I listen to a 10 second clip of and put an objective claim on their talent and likability. Yah, this is an awful way to listen to music, but it is what you have to do at times if you want to listen to as many bands as possible to figure out which ones you may like and want to listen to more of. I did this with Modern baseball a couple years back after the release of their second full-length You’re Gonna Miss It All. I didn’t love what I heard, so I moved on. They sounded young and immature. Hearing Modern Baseball was about to release their third full-length this year, I decided to give them another chance, especially with my ever-growing love for their label Run For Cover Records. This was a great choice, as Holy Ghost (which may contain explicit content) is one of the best releases so far this year.
Now if you any plan at all on listening to or investing in this band on any level, I highly recommend you invest some time to watch their recently releases short-documentary which highlights the history of the band as well as the experiences which have helped mold this record.
I’ll do my best to avoid repeating what is told in the documentary. Before really soaking in Holy Ghost, I went back and listened to You’re Gonna Miss It All, which was much better than the 10 second clip I remembered. The band was witty and cynical lyrically while being extremely melodic instrumentally. It was just a fun record to listen to while still catching glimpses of the seriousness and hurt the band was experiencing during that time. Holy Ghost is much less melodic, but also more tightly structured, intentional, and heavy lyrically. Modern Baseball has gone through a lot these past couple years, and their growth as a band from the last record to this one is reflective of their growth as individuals and as a band. Even though Jake Ewald and Brendan Lukens split the record with their songwriting, both halves are still cohesive separately as well as together. My favorite track from Ewald’s side is Hiding. Ewald builds up a beautiful crescendo admitting his mistakes and wanting to make things right asking Are you hiding or have I abandoned you? Let me learn here. I am in pursuit of all I can undo. My favorite track on the Lukens’ end as well as the entire album would have to be Just Another Face. It is the only song on Lukens’ side with a chorus. It is one of the most honest and simultaneously encouraging songs I have heard in a long time. Lukens expresses his feelings of worthlessness as he sings I’m a waste of time and space, drifting through my selfish ways. I don’t know how I got here combined with the encouragement and support of those who love him as they say Even if you can’t see it now, we’re proud of what’s to come, and you.
I am proud of what’s to come of Modern Baseball, and Holy Ghost.
For Fans Of: Tiny Moving Parts, The Front Bottoms, The Hotelier, Tiger’s Jaw
Favorite Songs: Mass, Everyday, Hiding, Coding to these Lukens, Apple Cider I Don’t Mind, Just Another Face
Top 10 Potential: Yes
Album Cover: 8.5/10
Other Notable Releases
Stephen – Sincerely (5. 10. 16)
David Bazan – Blanco
Sylvaine – Wistful
Did an album come out this past Friday you liked? Do you hate Modern Baseball? Do you love them? Indifferent? Please tell me either here or on Facebook. I’d love to hear your thoughts.
Album Cover: https://consequenceofsound.files.wordpress.com/2016/02/modern-baseball-holy-ghost-album.jpg?w=806&h=806