Modern Baseball Share Documentary “Tripping in the Dark”

Photo by Jessica Flynn

Philadelphia indie punk quartet Modern Baseball shared a documentary on the band and the making of their  forthcoming third LP Holy Ghost today. Directed by Kyle Thrash, who has also directed all of the band’s music videos, “Tripping in the Dark” is both endearingly funny and harrowingly vulnerable, providing a window into the inner workings of the young band. Holy Ghost will be released on Run For Cover Records on May 13, 2016 and Modern Baseball will embark on a headlining North American tour beginning in May with support from Joyce Manor and Thin Lips (all tour dates below). Album pre-sale is currently available via Run For Cover Records as well as all tickets for the tour.

The first album recorded by someone other than the band themselves, Modern Baseball enlisted Joe Reinhart (Hop Along, Joyce Manor) at Headroom Studios in Philadelphia to help refine their sound on Holy Ghost. In a tight 28 minutes, Holy Ghost covers an impressive emotional range, with co-songwriters Jacob Ewald and Brendan Lukens literally splitting the record in half. The record kicks off with six songs from Ewald and ends with five from Lukens. What they ended up with was a complete record of the past two years– the highs alongside the lows, tales from the road and glorious days at home alongside songs of heartbreak and personal struggle.

The band released their debut LP Sports through Lame-O Records in 2012, creating a full lineup with Ian Farmer on bass and classmate Sean Huber on drums. Sports’ uniquebrand of scrappy indie-punk exuded a relatable charm that pleasantly caught people by surprise. The band quickly gained the attention of Run For Cover Records, who signed the young punks in early 2013. By the time they released their follow up record You’re Gonna Miss It All in 2014, Modern Baseball had built a solid foundation of buzz and deeply passionate fans. The record charted at #97 on Billboard’s Top 200 and led them to tours across the globe with bands like The Wonder Years, The Menzingers, and Say Anything.

In 2015 Modern Baseball released The Perfect Cast EP. Still flaunting their signature sincerity, the band showed they could turn their adolescent nervous energy into insightful emotional awareness and sonic power, while selling out headline shows across several continents. 2016 looks to launch the band into even greater things.

Modern Baseball - Holy Ghost cover

Holy Ghost Track Listing:
01) Holy Ghost
02) Wedding Singer
03) Note to Self
04) Mass
05) Everyday
06) Hiding
07) Coding These to Lukens
08) Breathing in Stereo
09) Apple Cider I Don’t Mind
10) What If…
11) Just Another Face

Tour Dates (all dates w/ Joyce Manor & Thin Lips):
5/25 – Nashville, TN – Exit/In
5/27 – Houston, TX – House of Blues
5/28 – Austin, TX – Emo’s
5/29 – Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey
5/31 – Phoenix, AZ – The Pressroom
6/1 – San Diego, CA – House Of Blues
6/2 – Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory
6/3 – Pomona, CA – The Glass House
6/4 – Los Angeles, CA – The Echoplex
6/5 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
6/7 – Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theater
6/8 – Seattle, WA – Showbox
6/10 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
6/11 – Denver, CO – The Summit
6/12 – Lawrence, KS – Granada
6/14 – Minneapolis, MN – Mill City Nights
6/15 – Milwaukee, WI – The Rave
6/16 – St. Louis, MO – The Ready Room
6/17 – Cincinnati, OH – Bogarts
6/18 – Cleveland, OH – Agora Theater
6/19 – Toronto, ON – The Opera House
6/21 – Pontiac, MI – The Crofoot
6/22 – Pittsburgh, PA – Altar Bar
6/23 – Boston, MA – House Of Blues
6/24 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza
6/25 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza
6/26 – Philadelphia, PA – The Fillmore
6/28 – Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Soundstage
6/29 – Richmond, VA – The Broadberry
6/30 – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
7/1 – Orlando, FL – Beacham Theater
7/2 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Revolution
7/3 – Tampa, FL – The Orpheum

Modern Baseball - Joyce Manor tour 2016

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