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Modern Baseball

Modern Baseball: SportsSports (2012)
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Modern Baseball show their young age on Sports, especially lyrically, but musically they're wise beyond their years. This record resides somewhere between the quirky pop sensibilities of Motion City Soundtrack, the bluntness of the Front Bottoms and the idiosyncrasies of Say Anything. Or maybe a Tro.
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Modern Baseball show their young age on Sports, especially lyrically, but musically they're wise beyond their years. This record resides somewhere between the quirky pop sensibilities of Motion City Soundtrack, the bluntness of the Front Bottoms and the idiosyncrasies of Say Anything. Or maybe a Troubled Hubble for the 21st century; does anyone else remember them? Regardless, there's a lot of personality exuded on Sports, making for a pretty captivating listen.

The foundation of Modern Baseball is guitarists/vocalists Brendan Lukens and Jacob Ewald; their voices portray a certain balance of youthful exuberance and a faint awkwardness that, more often than not, fit the lyrical content like a glove. There's also a certain looseness inherent in the band's sound that keeps things interesting, though it's likely a calculated move on their part. There are odd pauses interspersed with jubilant gang vocals ("Re-Do"), plenty of clever wordplay ("Tears Over Beers") and a whole bunch of social networking references ("@chl03k," "I Think You Were In My Profile Picture Once") which seem a bit campy at first, but are far more indicative of how this generation is growing up and dealing with relationships than anything else.

Modern Baseball incorporate heavy emo tones into songs like "Hours Outside In The Snow" and "Re-Done," with twinkly guitars, heartfelt vocals and impressively busy drumming (especially in the latter). It's the kind of stuff kids obsessively following the No Sleep/Topshelf/Tiny Engines rosters are eating up.

There's a nice bed of acoustic-based tracks mixed into Sports, too: the aforementioned "Profile Picture" as well as "Cooke" and "Play Ball!" give the record an added layer of sonic diversity and showcase MB's range of moods pretty well, especially when surrounded by stuff like the concisely catchy pop-punk of "See Ya, Sucker."

Most bands this green aren't fully realized in terms of their voice, and that's certainly the case with Modern Baseball. But with Sports, they've laid an impressive foundation for the future and it'll be interesting to see where the band go from here. Based on the potential they seem to have, it'll likely be up.

 

 
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cincodemilo (September 4, 2013)

I had this record and liked it for a while. But I only liked it. Then they were in town playing and I decided to go. And seriously SEE THEM LIVE. There was so much energy at their show. Not only do the songs just sound better and grittier, they actually sounded like a cool, fast, punk band. I like the nerdy emo thing, but when they cranked the amps and shouted at the crowd I really really got into this band in a whole new way

brangelina (January 28, 2013)

I love this record.

milkplus (January 26, 2013)

troubled hubble we fantastic. i'm pretty excited about the new heligoats record too...the last one was one of my favourite of that year.

haven't head of these guys but since you namechecked TH and the front bottom i'm going to have to check them out.

keithybobeefy (January 25, 2013)

I'm really enjoying this. I like your comparrison to Say Anything. I sort of get the feeling listening to this as I did when I first heard "...is a real boy".

mikexdude (January 25, 2013)

I love Troubled Hubble.

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