Modern Baseball “Rock Bottom”

Philadelphia’s Modern Baseball are a uniquely contemporary band. Their quirky, tuneful songs convey how it feels to be young and hopeless in modern America—a cracked cellphone clutched in one’s hand, subconsciously refreshing social media, hoping to get noticed by that girl at the party and ignored by the ghosts from high school past. Calling on Say Anything’s bravado, the Front Bottoms’ tongue-in-cheek quirk and the Weakerthans’ literary misery, Modern Baseball have made a record with remarkable depth and relate-ability.

Singer-guitarists Brendan Lukens and Jake Ewald met at their Maryland high school and initially played together as an acoustic duo. After relocating to Philadelphia for college, they met drummer Sean Huber and bassist Ian Farmer at a house party and teamed up to form Modern Baseball. Their debut album, 2012’s Sports, is a collection of emo-tinged pop punk songs in the vein of Dashboard Confessional and Jimmy Eat World. The record quickly attracted a huge online following and subsequently landed them a deal with Run For Cover Records. In 2014 they released their sophomore LP You’re Gonna Miss It All, which landed on the Billboard 200 chart and impressed critics with its polished production and heart-on-sleeve lyricism. They scored an opening slot on tour with The Wonder Years in early 2014, headlined their own European tour that spring, and finished off the year with an extensive string of North American dates that has fans eagerly awaiting their next round of shows.