It’s been a whirlwind year for Modern Baseball, having released their critically lauded second album You’re Gonna Miss It All to nothing but praise, the band’s popularity has propelled to them being picked up on tours with Taking Back Sunday, The Wonder Years and more recently with The Get Up Kids.
With this only being the band’s second time in the UK, it’s no surprise that The Vic is sold out and packed by the time the first band, Losing Sleep, are on. Wearing their influences on their wrists, Losing Sleep provide a perfect blend of 90s emo and combine it with 2000s pop-punk.
One of the biggest surprises of the tour however is the return of Spraynard after their sudden breakup back in 2012. Although the band’s set is short, it is certainly sweet, cramming in some of their best known songs in a five-song set including ‘The Denver Broncos vs. The Denver Broncos’ and ‘Can I Borrow a Feeling?’. Hopefully this tour is nothing but an indication of the future of Spraynard, and fingers crossed we hear something new sooner rather than later.
From the opening lines of ‘Fine, Great’, it’s clear that this is going to be a sweaty show, with the passionate audience clambering towards the front and singing back every lyric as if frontman Brendan Luken’s awkwardly-relatable testimonial is a hand-on-heart anthem. The band put everything into their performance and in-between songs, the banter and false starts of The Killers’ ‘When You Were Young’ show how level headed they can be and that they don’t take themselves too seriously. However, the goofing off is completely contradicted by songs like the delicate ‘Pothole’, which sees the whole of The Vic singing along and goes to show how anthemic the band’s songs are.
It’s amazing to watch a band like Modern Baseball grow, from opening up shows in the UK a mere four months ago to headlining, it’s clear the fast rise of the band will only continue until they reach the stratospheric heights of their influences. The overwhelming demand for one final song speaks volumes for how adored this band has become and as the band unexpectedly jump into ‘Re-Done’, the great big grins on each of their sweaty faces says it all.