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Modern Baseball was an American rock band from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.[2]

Modern Baseball
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Modern Baseball performing at Greene Street Club in Greensboro, North Carolina, on April 10, 2014
Background information
OriginPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Years active2011–2017 (indefinite hiatus)[1]
Past members
  • Brendan Lukens
  • Jake Ewald
  • Sean Huber
  • Ian Farmer


Early years and success (2011–2016)Edit

Brendan Lukens and Jake Ewald were high school friends from Brunswick, Maryland, who began as an acoustic duo before relocating to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to attend college; Lukens at Chestnut Hill College, and Ewald at Drexel University. They then met drummer Sean Huber and bassist Ian Farmer.[3] Their name was inspired by a book that Lukens and Ewald found entitled “Modern Baseball Techniques", which was owned by Ewald's father on the evening they decided to form a band. The quartet got their start playing house shows around Drexel University in the basement scene alongside bands like The Menzingers, Lee Hartney and Cayetana.[4] Huber and Farmer joined midway into the recording of the group's first album, which was recorded at Drexel's studios.[5] That album, Sports, was released in 2012, and soon after the group left Drexel and Chestnut Hill temporarily to pursue music on a more regular basis.

The group's second full-length album, You're Gonna Miss It All, was released on Run For Cover Records in 2014, reaching #97 on the Billboard 200.[6] The group toured the United States in early 2014 with The Wonder Years.[7] Modern Baseball toured the United Kingdom in September 2014. The band spoke ahead of their tour explaining how they manage their busy schedules.[8] This followed a tour of the United States in a headlining spot with other bands Knuckle Puck, Foxing, Crying, and Somos.

In late 2015, the band announced plans for their third album that would be released in 2016 through Run For Cover Records, titled Holy Ghost.[9] On February 25, 2016, the band announced that their third studio album "Holy Ghost" would be released on May 13 via Run For Cover[10] and on Big Scary Monsters in the UK/Europe.[11]

In May 2016, Modern Baseball embarked on The Holy Ghost Tour with Thin Lips and Joyce Manor.[12] In fall 2016, Modern Baseball supported Brand New on tour along with The Front Bottoms. In December 2016, Ewald released the album Welcome as Slaughter Beach, Dog on Lame-O Records.[13]


In January 2017, Brendan Lukens released a statement saying he would not be joining the band on their upcoming Europe/UK tour, instead opting to stay at home to focus on his mental and physical well-being.[14] In February 2017 the band announced that they would be cancelling their US tour and taking a break to help protect their mental health and friendships.[15]

The group played no shows in the spring of 2017, during which time Ewald and Farmer worked on producing Ewald's project Slaughter Beach, Dog, and Lukens and Huber worked on solo material.[16] When interviewed in June 2017, Ewald remarked, "let's not call it a breakup and make a huge deal about it and have a "Last Show Ever" or anything like that. Let's just take it easy for now, and if we wake up an[d] want to do it again, then let's do it."[16] A few shows followed; in July 2017, Modern Baseball played a one-off show with Daniel Johnston as part of his final US tour,[17] and in October 2017, the band played three consecutive shows in their hometown of Philadelphia.[18] In an October 2017 interview, Ewald confirmed that the band had no plans to play any more shows for the indefinite future.[1]

Musical styleEdit

The band's debut album Sports has been described as emo,[19] folk punk,[20] pop[19] and pop punk.[19] You're Gonna Miss It All has also been described as emo,[21][22][23][24] folk rock,[21] indie folk,[22] indie rock,[24][25] pop punk,[21][23][24][25][26] power pop,[27] and rock.[27] Holy Ghost was described as emo[28] and indie rock.[29]


  • Brendan Lukens – guitar, vocals
  • Jake Ewald – guitar, vocals
  • Sean Huber – drums, vocals
  • Ian Farmer – bass, vocals


Studio albums


  • "The Weekend"
  • "Pothole"
  • "Your Graduation"
  • "Fine, Great (Punks in Vegas Session)"
  • "Going to Bed Now (Punks in Vegas Session)"
  • "Rock Bottom"
  • "Wedding Singer"


  1. ^ a b "Jake Ewald of Modern Baseball Discusses Solo Project Slaughter Beach, Dog & Band's Final Shows Before Hiatus". Billboard. Retrieved 2017-12-31.
  2. ^ Cohen, Ian. "Modern Baseball: You're Gonna Miss It All". Pitchfork. Retrieved 3 May 2014.
  3. ^ McDermott, Patrick (April 11, 2016). "It's Alright, Modern Baseball is Okay". Retrieved March 3, 2018.
  4. ^ Elliott Sharp (2014-10-01). "Modern Baseball Almost Missed It All". Retrieved 2016-02-22.
  5. ^ Scott Kerr. "Modern Baseball | Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-02-22.
  6. ^ "Modern Baseball | Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-02-22.
  7. ^ Steven Hyden, They Get the Girls, But We’re Smarter: Modern Baseball, the Wonder Years, and Rock’s Sacred Uncool. Grantland, March 19, 2014.
  8. ^ Gigging Northern Ireland – Interview with Modern Baseball, Gigging Northern Iceland – Interview with Modern Baseball
  9. ^ "MODERN BASEBALL ARE RETURNING TO THE UK". Kerrang. Retrieved 28 October 2015.
  10. ^ Monroe, Jazz (February 25, 2016) (Retrieved April 23, 2016)
  11. ^ "Modern Baseball announce new album 'Holy Ghost'". February 24, 2016. Retrieved March 3, 2018.
  12. ^ "Modern Baseball Announce 'Holy Ghost' Tour with Joyce Manor, Thin Lips". Retrieved 2016-09-14.
  13. ^ London, Dianca (December 1, 2016). "The Deli Philly's December Record of the Month: Welcome – Slaughter Beach, Dog". The Deli Magazine. Retrieved 2016-12-02.
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  16. ^ a b Jake Ewald On His New Solo EP And The Future Of Modern Baseball. The Fader, June 8, 2017.
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  18. ^ Gaca, Anna (August 22, 2017). "Modern Baseball Temporarily Break Hiatus, Announce Three Philly Shows". Retrieved March 3, 2018.
  19. ^ a b c Doherty, Kelly (November 23, 2012). "Modern Baseball – Sports". Archived from the original on October 27, 2014. Retrieved 27 October 2014.
  20. ^ Ash, Alex (December 19, 2014). ""You're Gonna Miss It All" – Modern Baseball [Official Full Album Stream + Zumic Review]". Retrieved March 3, 2018.
  21. ^ a b c Nassiff, Thomas (February 11, 2014). "Modern Baseball – You're Gonna Miss It All – Album Review". Archived from the original on July 2, 2014. Retrieved 2016-02-22.
  22. ^ a b "Modern Baseball – You're Gonna Miss It All (album review 4)". 2014-02-11. Retrieved 2016-02-22.
  23. ^ a b Brennan, Collin (2014-11-25). "Modern Baseball – You're Gonna Miss It All | Album Reviews". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 2016-02-22.
  24. ^ a b c ""You're Gonna Miss It All" – Modern Baseball [Official Full Album Stream + Zumic Review] | Zumic | Free Music, Lyrics, Reviews". Retrieved 2016-02-22.
  25. ^ a b "Best of 2014 – Renaldo Matadeen's picks". 2014-12-29. Retrieved 2016-02-22.
  26. ^ "Modern Baseball: You're Gonna Miss It All | Album Reviews". Pitchfork. 2014-02-11. Retrieved 2016-02-22.
  27. ^ a b Fiander, Matthew (May 1, 2014). "Modern Baseball: You're Gonna Miss It All". Retrieved 2016-02-22.
  28. ^ Cohen, Ian (May 16, 2016). "Modern Baseball: Holy Ghost Album Review %7c Pitchfork". Retrieved March 3, 2018.
  29. ^ "It's another huge week for album streams". Chart Attack. Channel Zero. May 13, 2016. Archived from the original on August 26, 2016. Retrieved September 5, 2016.