By: Brie East
Artist: Modern Baseball
Album: MOBO Presents: The Perfect Cast EP featuring Modern Baseball
Label: Lame-O Records
Release: October 23, 2015
In anticipation of their third album slated for release in 2016, the Pennsylvania-based band Modern Baseball has released an EP that will surely ignite the long-lost teen angst within all of us.
Before a wall of sound envelops the listener on the first track “The Waterboy Returns”, the lead singer talks to the listener, asking “Hey you, that’s no way out / You can’t find help in a bottle or a cut.” The band cuts right to the chase, not shying away from the bleak subject matter. Despite this, the band makes loud, listenable songs that resonate with listeners through pure emotion. On their track “Infinity Exposed,” the band starts off with “It’s not fair,” spiralling into a song about the particular sadness that occupies life off-tour.
The band remains eerily self-aware on this release, talking about the realities of depression and young adult life, interspliced with pop-punk riffs. The band always seem to be questioning: as the last song on the EP begins to wind down, the lead singer asks “Are you the one who changed me? / Am I the one who changed you?” and ending with a repetition of “I’m just not the same.” Life during your twenties seems to change so much and this songs seems to touch on this phenomenon.
You can’t find help in a bottle or a cut, but there is something to be found in this EP.