MODERN BASEBALL are back.
Their third studio album (after Sports and You’re Gonna Miss It All) was released 13th May 2016 and the band’s signature sound is not lacking.
Brendan Lukens and Jake Ewald dominate the record – a combination that works excellently. Having multiple frontmen is such a score for the Philadelphia band as each of them are going through different walks of life (Ewald losing his grandfather and Lukens’ suicidal urges) so therefore have different approaches to their song writing.
Opening with the progressing title track before bursting into latest single Wedding Singer, it is clear just by these two tracks that the album is going to be a rollercoaster of emotions.
There is an aggressive approach to delicate subjects on this record. Insecurities that everyone finds themselves with are put into an 11-track-album and as with Sports and You’re Gonna Miss It All you can find relation and comfort in individual tracks.
However, Hiding goes back to the delicate, acoustic approach – the kind of track that would brilliantly soundtrack a late night drive to nowhere in particular. Then again, all of Modern Baseball’s discography could do that.
Everyday and Apple Cider, I Don’t Mind were released as a single before the album but have been placed carefully on the track list. Working around the other tracks as well as the Brendan/Jake split, the rest of Holy Ghost definitely do the tracks justice.
Holy Ghost closed with Just Another Face – an exploration of what they contribute to the people around them. Lyrics such as “I’m a waste of time and space” followed by “I’m not just another face, I’m not just another name” show that there is still an uncertainty of acceptance from the band, but they are stronger now and are coping.