TRACK REVIEW: Modern Baseball – Apple Cider, I Don’t Mind

Pennsylvanian emo, punk rock act  Modern Baseball showcase new material from their forthcoming album

Back in the 90’s, pop punk was fairly content in delivering jokes about fucking mums, getting drunk and farts, perfectly accompanying any and every party you could ever attend due to its catchiness and simplicity that made it accessible to pretty much everyone. After a while though, the same acts who made the genre what it is got sick of it and in turn  wanted to move on to better things: blink-182’s best album so happens to be their self titled release, their first non pop punk LP.

As the army of screaming teens will tell you though, pop punk isn’t dead and in fact has went through a sort of second wind. While we may have our goofy acts like blink-182, they are self aware to the fact that they are exactly that. With that comes another breed of acts who thrive on the loneliness, inner conflict and anxiety life throws at you: that’s where Modern Baseball come in.

Coming off the back of their well received sophomore record You’re Gonna Miss It All, Modern Baseball have spent 2015 recording their upcoming LP Holy Ghost, most likely listening to Weezer and crying in the process. Apple Cider, I Don’t Mind, released alongside Everyday to promote Holy Ghost, carries on the same tales of heartbreak that we’ve expected to see from the band and we find this out from the get go with a query about “did you ever love me” from a very forward Brendan Lukens.

Lasting just under two minutes, this track perfectly addresses trust or the lack thereof when it comes to relationships. In Lukens’ own words;

Trust is something every growing relationship needs. Without trust, all your conversations are just questions and doubts. I lost my best friend and partner, and didn’t know who to blame. “Apple” is a toast to looking at past mistakes as a chance to move forward.

Lines like “truth’s betrayal, I find it in the heat of the moment” paint the picture of this topic of trust being between Lukens and someone quite personal though it wouldn’t be out of the ordinary for this to be him talking to himself like he did on The Waterboy Returns.

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Modern Baseball (L-R): Sean Huber, Jake Ewald, Brendan Lukens and Ian Farmer

Lukens has never been afraid to discuss his battle with depression and certain bits on this song like “I wish I felt the same way I did then” hark back to Fine, Great off the band’s last LP where Lukens addressed that all his problems are based off what has happened to him in his past. On this track, it seems like Lukens and co. have endured their grief and denial and are now onto accepting the now.

With what has been provided so far, there will definitely be more than a few smiles.

8/10

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