Modern Baseball crept onto a packed music scene with their first full length album Sports at the end of 2012, with only two preceding EPs slowly, but surely, racking up the downloads on their Bandcamp. The album made an impact and the band became synonymous with names such as rising stars The Front Bottoms and The Wonder Years, who took them on as tour support. You’re Gonna Miss It All should be the record that propels Modern Baseball into that same limelight, and more after following their first critically acclaimed record.
Opening track ‘Fine, Great’ follows an incredibly relateable mindset, beginning the record suddenly with just vocals and guitar; “I hate worrying about the future/’Cause all my current problems are based around the past”. While the track is just a quick, simple, repetitive opener, it’s catchy as hell and will have you humming it in absent-minded moments so often you just have to listen to the track again. True story. It’s also the first example of many spoken-word parts being used in the tracks: “Yeahhhh, about that.”
‘Apartment’ is the track where the record really begins to hit its stride in a matured version of what is definitively still Modern Baseball. “The first time I saw you was in your apartment/I had followed my friends single file through the darkness”. Working their way up from a gentle strum to bursts of pop-punk riffs, the track is a hurricane from start to finish, emotions upfront in the lyrics and the story of a love story gone awry, all shown through changing up the time signature at various moments.
The record slows down for ‘Timmy Bowers’, which could be seen as the ballad of the LP. The sound of the track is actually a continuation of previous track ‘Charlie Black’ and even references the main melody of it too. The lyrics are steeped in sadness and loneliness , confessing to “Living like a piece of shit without you” and “Trying to drink my way out of this room”. Those lyrics are repeated in the short (but effective) track with ethereal strings and background harmonies to accompany them, proving that Modern Baseball know that less is best.
‘Your Graduation’ comes off as what could have been a pop-punk anthem back in the heyday of New Found Glory. “I never thought that I, oh I would see the day/Where I just let you go, let you walk away”. The throwback song has angst, complicated love and abrasive, contradictory vocals (contributed by drummer Sean Huber) and could almost be seen as an homage to pop-punk bands of the early 2000s, in the most perfect and spot on way. It’s almost a shame those jarring vocals only have one moment on this record, with this being the only shining moment where both vocalists are trading lines for perfect chemistry.
The record closes out with ‘Pothole’, the most vulnerable track. “I need the silence/I need the empty streets/Just as bad as they don’t need me”. Brendan Lukens’ soft, croaking voice is echoing through those empty streets he first says he likes, but then needs. It is both a shame and a positive thing that the last track is so short, as it is one of the strongest, most hard-hitting tracks and the best example of showing how far they have come in just over a year, but if it was any longer, it may lose some of that solid impact of the sound of his voice on the edge of begging someone to let him love them with one last chance.
With nearly every song on this record being under what has become the standard three-minutes, the 12 tracks combine for an album that can be listened to over and over, with each snippet able to offer something completely different to its predecessor. While Sports was a big hit for Modern Baseball and gave the world a full length shot at their aesthetic, You’re Gonna Miss It All shows that they have listened and learnt how to progress their distinctive sound without having to sacrifice an ounce of it during that growth.
You’re Gonna Miss It All is out 11th February on Run For Cover Records via iTunes.