Modern Baseball is a band from Philadelphia who blend the lyric centered essence of emo with the simple catchy nature of pop punk. The band was recently picked up by Run for Cover Records and they have just released their second LP You’re Gonna Miss It All.
Sometimes there’s a record that completely blows your mind. It’s so ridiculously good that you don’t see how anything could top it. Then there are records that you can’t even finish because they’re so bad. Finding it’s place in between those polar opposites is You’re Gonna Miss It All. It’s not spectacular, but it’s not terrible.
It’s easy to hear why someone wouldn’t like this record—the vocals are definitely an acquired taste and the “I hate my life” theme is easy to dismiss. The album seems to focus on failed relationships, experiences that would best be forgotten, and everything else that comes with the awkward transition into adulthood.
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While the album succeeds in making you bob your head with simple catchy verses and equally catchy choruses, it does little to hold your attention outside of that. “Apartment”, one of the album’s more memorable tracks, is a good representation of everything else you’re going to hear on You’re Gonna Miss It All. It starts slow, then at vocal cue reveals a catchy pop punk riff, a dynamic familiar to most and one that appears a little too often throughout the record.
It eventually becomes a chore to listen to these songs, as they’re all pretty straightforward and basically offer the same thing lyrically and instrumentally. There is very little variation on You’re Going to Miss it All other than the acoustic pieces on every other song and the occasional change in tempo from verse to chorus.
So at the end of the day, You’re Gonna Miss It All is “okay”. I’m not going to go out of my way to listen to it again, but I won’t mind if it makes it’s way into my music rotation at some point in the future.