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Stream: Modern Baseball’s new album Holy Ghost

on May 10, 2016, 10:00am

Photo by Jessica Flynn

Plenty of pop punk kids learn the hard way that growing up ain’t easy, but few have proven as willing or as able to sort their shit out on record as Philadelphia’s Modern Baseball. Following 2014’s breakout LP You’re Gonna Miss It All and two years of near-constant touring, the band finally seems ready to focus on something larger than iPhones, Instagram accounts, and all the other white noise that defines post-adolescent life. They closed the book on their last chapter by releasing a short documentary about their past, and now they’ve officially started a new one with the release of Holy Ghost.

For their third studio album, Modern Baseball went all Lennon and McCartney (well, late-period Lennon and McCartney) by dividing songwriting duties neatly in half. The record kicks off with six songs from Jake Ewald and closes with five from Brendan Lukens, but Holy Ghost doesn’t suffer from its split personality. Each of these songwriters has his own Jekyll and Hyde contained within himself, which is how a ripper like “Wedding Singer” can end up on the same side as the slow, contemplative title track.

With most songs clocking in at under two minutes, Holy Ghost is a short record. It’s also an emotionally exhausting one, filled with all the highs and lows of growing up and finding one’s place in the world. The album comes out May 13th via Run for Cover Records, but you can stream it in its entirety The Bandcamp Blog right now.

Holy Ghost Album Artwork:

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Holy Ghost Track List:
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

Modern Baseball 2016 Tour Dates:
05/13 – Asbury Park @ Wonder Bar
05/25 – Nashville, TN @ Exit/In
05/27 – Houston, TX @ House of Blues
05/28 – Austin, TX @ Emo’s
05/29 – Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey
05/31 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Pressroom
06/01 – San Diego, CA @ House Of Blues
06/02 – Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory
06/03 – Pomona, CA @ The Glass House
06/04 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echoplex
06/05 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
06/07 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
06/08 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox
06/10 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
06/11 – Denver, CO @ The Summit
06/12 – Lawrence, KS @ Granada
06/14 – Minneapolis, MN @ Mill City Nights
06/15 – Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
06/16 – St. Louis, MO @ The Ready Room
06/17 – Cincinnati, OH @ Bogarts
06/18 – Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theater
06/19 – Toronto, ON @ The Opera House
06/21 – Pontiac, MI @ The Crofoot
06/22 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Altar Bar
06/23 – Boston, MA @ House Of Blues
06/24 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
06/25 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
06/26 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore
06/28 – Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Soundstage
06/29 – Richmond, VA @ The Broadberry
06/30 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
07/01 – Orlando, FL @ Beacham Theater
07/02 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution
07/03 – Tampa, FL @ The Orpheum