Modern Baseball may be a relatively unknown band, but it is one that you should definitely begin to familiarize yourself with. This four piece band, based out of Philadelphia, PA, released their sophomore album, You’re Gonna Miss It All, in early February.
Following the release of their first album, Sports, Modern Baseball became known for their catchy, infectious sound and sarcastic yet powerful lyrics. You’re Gonna Miss It All delivers plenty of the same material as Sports: carefully crafted acoustic introductions, strong guitar hooks and clever lyrics that cover topics ranging from Instagram and iPhones to the aftermath of dealing with a breakup and the struggles of growing up. While You’re Gonna Miss It All is quite reminiscent of Modern Baseball’s Sports album, it does provide proof that the band has grown both as musicians and people.
Modern Baseball has a sound that can’t quite be classified as indie, nor does it fit the pop or pop-punk mold. This unique sound has played a large part in the success of the band. You’re Gonna Miss It All tends to stick to the band’s strengths by utilizing a mix of acoustic guitar along with punk hooks with just a hint of the emo/indie sound. The overall sound of the band hasn’t changed much. Instead, Modern Baseball appears to have fine-tuned their sound. Songs like “Fine, Great” and “The Old Gospel Choir” really reflect just how much the sound of the band has improved.
More impressive than their musical growth, is the artistic development of the band’s lyrics. You’re Gonna Miss It All deals primarily with the themes of learning to grow up and dealing with problems almost everyone in their early twenties face. While many musicians try to keep songs dealing with these themes positive and hopeful, Modern Baseball doesn’t shy away from the issues at hand. Their songs have a very honest feel to them which makes them not only relatable but also wrought with raw emotion. The song “Two Good Things,” for example, contains the lyrics, “trying hard not to look like I’m trying that hard, failing miserably at everything including that. Making plans in my head right before I go to sleep, trying to think of who could make a better me than me,” something that every twenty-something has felt at least once. The song “Going To Bed Now” also drives home a major theme of the album stating: “I’ll admit I’m in the same boat, caught between my adolescent safety net and where the world wants me to be.” It is this aspect of realism and complete honesty in the lyrics really helps give You’re Gonna Miss It All that little bit of edge which helps makes the album memorable.
As a whole, You’re Gonna Miss It All is a very strong album for a band that is quickly growing in popularity. There is no doubt that Modern Baseball has much in store as they continue on in their career.
You’re Gonna Miss It All: 9/10
Recommended Tracks: “Fine, Great”, “Apartment”, “Going To Bed Now”, “Your Graduation” and “Two Good Things”