Slaughter Beach, Dog was created by Jake Ewald, one half of the songwriters in Modern Baseball, as a writing tool. He scripted the stories of make believe characters living in the titular town of Slaughter Beach to break through writers block and experiment outside of the personal storytelling style he’d developed with Modern Baseball. Since his debut under this moniker, Welcome, was released in the fall of 2016 Modern Baseball have announced a hiatus and Slaughter Beach, Dog has now become the main outlet for Jake Ewald‘s songwriting.
Your Cat gently eases you into the EP with guitar lines that have the feel of a George Harrison solo track, but there the comparisons end as the idiosyncratic approach of Slaughter Beach, Dog dominates to bring a fine introduction to their sophomore release. From here on in we’re into the more mellow side of Jake Ewald with the almost comatose Glowing, before the narrative style of 104 Degrees brings the pace up slightly with a track that reminds me of a laid back Jonathan Richman. The final track, Building The Ark, brings things back down again to compete a laid back quartet of tracks that have a more cohesive feel than Jake Ewald‘s initial release as Slaughter Beach, Dog.
Motorcycle.jpg makes a fine companion to Slaughter Beach, Dog‘s debut, Welcome, and will be a release that will welcomed by the fans of that first EP and those who need their Modern Baseball fix whilst that outfit is on hiatus. Motorcycle.jpg represents a positive move forward from their initial EP, in particular Your Cat and 104 Degrees have more appeal than the tracks on Welcome, and to me it seems that Jake Ewald is gaining confidence with his solo venture. The Motorcycle.jpg EP indicates that the citizens of Slaughter Beach, that only exist in Jake Ewald‘s subconscious, can look forward to some interesting times ahead.
Motorcycle.jpg can be pre-ordered via Lame-O Records here
Slaughter Beach, Dog (Jake Ewald of Modern Baseball) have just announced their new EP Motorcycle.jpg, that is due out on July 14th via Lame-O Records. The EP comes out in advance of an upcoming LP that is set to be released this fall. Slaughter Beach, Dog have also announced a headlining tour this August with fellow Lame-O Records roster mate Shannen Moser.
Motorcycle.jpg can be pre-ordered via Lame-O Records here (physical) and here (digital)
You can view Slaughter Beach, Dog‘s tour dates below
The Manson Family
You Did This Records / Triple Crown Records
Ohio’s Heart Attack Man originally started as a solo recording project for singer and guitarist Eric Egan back in 2013, since then they have gained a further member, drummer Adam Paduch, released two EPs’, their self titled debut and 2015’s critically acclaimed Acid Rain EP, and now they have released their debut full length, the ominously titled album The Manson Family. The album was released via a partnership between You Did This Records and Triple Crown Records yesterday, the 3rd March 2017, on CD, swamp green vinyl and digital formats.
The Manson Family is an album of restrained downbeat power pop, it varies between hooky fuzz laden riffs that sit alongside introspective touches, often in the same song. It’s not until you’re well and truly into the album that they kick into gear and up the ante with the wonderful Blood Orange Sun. This track was streamed ahead of the album’s release, and you can see why this was the track they chose, although it’s thunder is stolen by the wonderful Surrounded By Morons, for me this is easily the album’s finest moment, it’s a fuzzy dark sarcastic rant against modern society that is a perfect cathartic soundtrack for those that dwell in an urban sprawl.
Heart Attack Man are the first signing of the union between two fiercely independent record labels, and it must be said that their debut full length hits the spot nicely. The Manson Family was recorded with Ian Farmer, of Modern Baseball fame, his influence on the production is certainly present, but his style doesn’t overly insinuate itself into the album, as Heart Attack Man definitely have their own character. The Manson Family is a potent mix of melody and enormous hooks, when this is combined with the rage and grace that is present in their compositions it makes this an album, that like it’s namesake, is best not ignored, but, unlike it’s namesake, this is something that you’d actually want to appear in your house.
The Manson Family can be pre-ordered via Triple Crown Records here
Heart Attack Man are now streaming their debut album, The Manson Family, in full, the record was produced by Ian Farmer of Modern Baseball and is set to be released on March 3rd via You Did This Records in partnership with Triple Crown Records, pre-orders for The Manson Family are now available.
You can stream The Manson Family here
The Manson Family can be pre-ordered here
Sorority Noise are now streaming A Better Sun, the second single off of their upcoming record You’re Not As _____ As You Think, the new single follows on from the highly regarded first single, No Halo, You’re Not As _____ As You Think is set to be released on March 17th via Triple Crown Records. Sorority Noise are also commencing a US tour next month with Modern Baseball, Kevin Devine and the Goddamn Band and The Obsessives
You’re Not As _____ As You Think can be pre-ordered here
The lyric video for Better Sun, and the US tour dates, can be viewed below Read More…
Modern Baseball are now streaming This Song Is Gonna Buy Brendan Lukens A Pair Of Socks, their contribution to their three way split with Thin Lips and The Superweaks. The split will be digitally available on January 20th, 2017 via Big Scary Monsters and Lame-O Records, and physically available exclusively on the bands’ tour together in the UK and Europe this winter, any leftover stock will be available in stores and online following the tour. You can stream This Song Is Gonna Buy Brendan Lukens A Pair Of Socks here
You can view the European Tour Dates below
Sorority Noise have just released No Halo, the first single off of their new full length record You’re Not As _____ As You Think, this is the follow up to 2015’s critically acclaimed album, Joy, Departed. The new album is set to be released on March 17th 2017 via Triple Crown Records, Sorority Noise have also recently announced they will be touring this March with Modern Baseball, Kevin Devine and The Obsessives.
You’re Not As _____ As You Think can be pre-ordered here
You can stream No Halo here and view the tour dates below Read More…
The Obsessives have released the new music video for their single Surfer Rosa, the single comes off of the band’s sophomore self titled album, which will be released March 17th via Lame-O Records in the US, Dog Knights Productions in the UK and Europe, and Cooking Vinyl in Australia. The Obsessives will be touring this spring with Modern Baseball, Kevin Devine and Sorority Noise.
You can pre-order The Obsessives self titled album here (USA), here (EUR) and here (AUS)
The video for Surfer Rosa, and The Obsessives tour dates, can be viewed below Read More…
Sorority Noise have announced You’re Not As _____ As You Think, their third full length record and follow up to 2015’s Joy, Departed. You’re Not As _____ As You Think is set to be released on March 17th via Triple Crown Records. Sorority Noise have also recently announced they will be touring this March with Modern Baseball, Kevin Devine and The Obsessives.
More details and pre-order information for You’re Not As _____ As You Think can be found here
Sorority Noise recently released a teaser trailer for the album that can be viewed below Read More…
The Superweaks have just released the music video for No Sorrow, their contribution to their three way split with Modern Baseball and Thin Lips, that is being released via Big Scary Monsters and Lame-O Records. The split will be digitally available on January 20th, 2017 and physically available exclusively on the bands’ tour together this winter, any leftover stock will be available in stores and online following the tour. After each band released a full length in 2016, Modern Baseball, Thin Lips and The Superweaks are kicking off 2017 with a tour together across Europe and the UK
You can view the video for No Sorrow, and the tour dates, below Read More…
The Obsessives will be releasing their self titled sophomore album on March 17th via Lame-O Records, the band has released a trailer video for the album featuring the intro song from their record. Pre-orders for The Obsessives, and the first single from the album, will be released on January 17th, you can sign up for advance notifications via Lame-O Records here. The Obsessives have also just announced they will be touring this spring with Modern Baseball, Kevin Devine and Sorority Noise.
You can watch The Obsessives trailer below Read More…
, Thin Lips
and The Superweaks
have announced a three way split single, that is being released via Big Scary Monsters
and Lame-O Records
. The split will be digitally available on January 20th, 2017, and physically available exclusively on the bands’ tour together in the UK and Europe this winter. Any leftover stock will be available in stores and online following the tour. After each band released critically acclaimed albums in 2016, Modern Baseball
, Thin Lips
and The Superweaks
are kicking off 2017 with a tour together across Europe and the UK.
Modern Baseball, Thin Lips and The Superweaks European tour dates can be viewed below
Philadelphia’s Modern Baseball have announced a spring headlining US tour today, with support from Kevin Devine, Sorority Noise and The Obsessives. Tickets for all shows will be on sale to the general public this Friday, January 6th at 12pm EST but limited pre-sale tickets for the shows are now available here
You can stream and purchase Modern Baseball‘s Holy Ghost Album here
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Rude Boys Of Bar Rock
What is now the folk punk septet, Steady Hands, began life as the side project for Sean Huber, the drummer of Modern Baseball. The album takes Inspiration from Billy Bragg, Bruce Springsteen and Frank Turner alongside other classic punk influenced singer songwriters. The genesis of Steady Hands began in the bars and basement venues in Philadelphia as Sean Huber began to establish his own musical identity away from Modern Baseball, the band was fleshed out by friends and acquaintances, including members of WC and, his colleague from Modern Baseball, Jacob Ewald. Rude Boys Of Bar Rock was released last week and it encompasses the entire recorded output of Steady Hands on one handy double LP, including re-recordings and even a brand new track.
This is an album that shifts away the approach of Modern Baseball and heads into punkier territory, albeit on the folkier side of the fence. The album opens with the new contribution to the album, Under The Rug, this is an anthemic slab of indie tinged folk punk, and it marks a damn fine start to the album. From this point on it’s a reckless trip back through Steady Hands entire back catalogue. The album veers between upbeat folk punk, introspective acoustic numbers and defiant Celtic influences, The fact that the strongest track on this impressive anthology is the sole new recording by Steady Hands indicates that this is a band that is still on the upswing, and further releases from Steady Hands in 2017 will be something that I’m looking forward to hearing.
For me Steady Hands eclipses the work of Modern Baseball, it’s a more accessible album, and it’s one that encompasses a wide range of influences including punk, folk punk and heartland rock, this will appeal to fans of Modern Baseball, but it has a broader appeal and covers a broader range. I’ll admit that the Nebraska style re-workings of the songs from Not Many Of Us Left felt like something of an afterthought, apart from that minor criticism this is a heartfelt and original twenty track collection that spans their entire recorded output. Hopefully the fact that this is a retrospective collection of their EP’s will allow them to reach a greater audience than their individual releases allowed, and that this will mean that we’ll hear more from Steady Hands over the coming years.
Rude Boys Of Bar Rock
is available from Lame-O Records here
Philadelphia’s Modern Baseball have released a Trump protest song today as part of 30 Days, 30 Songs called Bart To The Future Part 2: The Musical. The band had this to say about the new track,
It was impossible to say EVERYTHING we wanted to say about Trump. We knew that looking at him as a peer, rather than this untouchable figure, that we could judge and treat him like any other greedy, self centred, short-tempered, racist, sexist, unqualified person you meet in everyday life. Still, knowing that name calling will get you nowhere, we kept our examples generalized so that listeners can come to their own conclusions about how Trump really is, and how he would be as POTUS.
You can listen to Bart To The Future Part 2: The Musical here
Modern Baseball‘s Holy Ghost album can be ordered here
You can view Modern Baseball‘s upcoming tour dates below Read More…
are now premiering their new music video for Run Away,
the single comes off of the band’s new album, Better Heavens
, that’s out today on Lame-O Records
. The album is available for purchase now physically and digitally, and streaming on all platforms. The Superweaks
fall tour begins on November 10th in Amitville, NY and the band will also be touring with Modern Baseball
and Thin Lips
in the UK and Europe starting January 2017.
can be ordered physically here
and digitally here
The video for Run Away, and the tour dates, can be viewed below
Welcome is the new record from Slaughter Beach, Dog, the new side project from Jake Ewald of Modern Baseball, this is a completely self recorded album with Jake playing every instrument on every track on Welcome. Slaughter Beach, Dog leans a little more into indie rock than his main project, and to my mind is more reminiscent of the style of bands like The Weakerthans. This project was started as a way for Jake Ewald to experiment with different styles of writing, contrasting the deeply personal nature of his compositions for Modern Baseball.
Welcome is a concept album, all of the songs are written about fictional characters living in Slaughter Beach, whilst the style of writing is different from that of Modern Baseball, this has a similar feel musically, that shouldn’t surprise anyone given Jake Ewald is the primary songwriter for that band. This is an album of laid back indie tunes centred around the fictional town of Slaughter Beach, it isn’t until the third track kicks in that anything grabs my attention, Monsters is a fine track as is Forever ,but I found that Slaughter Beach had few points of interest, as with any town, including fictional ones, there are a few places you like to go and visit, and maybe even a very few that you take your friends to because you want to share the experience it offers, but for me Slaughter Beach is a little too quiet and predictable.
If you’re a fan of Modern Baseball this will make a fine companion album to the Holy Ghost album that was released earlier this year, but I feel that this is a case of the sum of their parts being greater than the individual, which is a shame as the concept and musicianship on Welcome are fine, and all the more impressive that it’s the work of a solo artist but I doubt I’ll be re-visiting Slaughter Beach anytime soon.
Welcome can be ordered from Lame-O records here
are now premiering the music video for their new single I’ll See Myself Out
. The song comes off of the band’s sophomore record Better Heavens,
set to be released on November 4th via Lame-O Records
. The Superweaks
have just announced their headlining tour this fall, the band will also be touring with Modern Baseball
and Thin Lips
in the UK and Europe starting January 2017.
Pre-orders for Better Heavens
are now available physically here
and digitally here
The video for I’ll See Myself Out and a full list of dates can be found below.
Philadelphia’s Modern Baseball will be touring this fall alongside Brand New and The Front Bottoms. The band will continue to support their recent LP, Holy Ghost, which dropped back in May Run For Cover Records. The album was recorded by Joe Reinhart (Hop Along, Joyce Manor) in Philadelphia’s Headroom Studios.
Tour dates are below.
Philadelphia’s Modern Baseball is looking out for fans heading out to their upcoming shows this summer. The band has created a hotline to ensure that concerts are defined as a safe space, and report any unsafe occurrences. The band is supporting their latest full length, Holy Ghost, which dropped earlier this week via Run For Cover Records. The album was recorded by Joe Reinhart (Hop Along, Joyce Manor) in Philadelphia’s Headroom Studios.
A full explanation of the band’s hotline project can be found below.
Run For Cover Records
In Britain baseball is perceived as something that is typically American which has never really caught on, so as a UK based reviewer what will I make of Modern Baseball?
Modern Baseball began life as an acoustic duo in a Maryland high school before they moved onto bigger and better things in Philadelphia. They have subsequently developed into a band with a growing reputation who have now toured on both sides of the Atlantic. This is their third album, their first for Run For Cover Records, and it demonstrates a growing confidence in themselves and their songwriting. The content of Holy Ghost varies between upbeat pop punk tunes and introspective thoughtful numbers, they remind me of The Weakerthans, but without the obsession with cats, or possibly The Killers without the overproduction.
Holy Ghost is written in two parts, the first six songs by the band’s Jacob Ewald, and the latter five by Brendan Lukens, with no disrespect to the latter, I found the first half of the album to be the more accessible on my first few listens. Both write from the heart and tell of their personal experiences and struggles, with loss and grief in the formers case, and of the strain of personal battles with mental health issues in the latter’s. This could have ended up being a recipe for a gloom laden album, but despite the dark subject matter Holy Ghost comes across as upbeat and hopeful. Despite each side of the album being written independently this doesn’t come across as two separate elements, but rather one much stronger alloy that has produced a thoughtful and well structured release. This is a more mature album than their previous releases and one that demonstrates a sincerity and honesty that is lacking in many bands writing.
Am I a convert to Modern Baseball? well not completely, but they’ve certainly piqued my interest.
Philadelphia’s Modern Baseball has premiered a full stream of the new disc, Holy Ghost, which is due out May 13, 2016 via Run For Cover Records. The album was recorded by Joe Reinhart (Hop Along, Joyce Manor) in Philadelphia’s Headroom Studios.
The songs can be heard here.
Philadelphia, Pa., indie/punk mix Thin Lips are streaming a new song at The AV Club. Listen to My Mouth Is Skinned Like An Apple here.
This new track is off the band’s forthcoming debut album titled Riff Hard set to release April 29, 2016 via Lame-O Records. Check out the track listing that follows.
Riff Hard track listing:
2. Never Again
3. Total Seperation
4. My Mouth Is Skinned Like An Apple
5. No Obituary
6. What’s Wrong
7. I Wonder
8. Andy Weed
10. Breaking Up And Breaking Down
Thin Lips announced they will be touring starting late spring with Modern Baseball and Joyce Manor. Dates are listed below.
Philadelphia indie punk quartet Modern Baseball has released a documentary on the making of their forthcoming third LP Holy Ghost. The documentary was directed by Kyle Thrash, who has also directed all of the band’s music videos, and is titled “Tripping in the Dark.”
Holy Ghost will be released by Run For Cover Records on May 13, 2016. Tour dates are available below along with the documentary.
Philadelphia’s Modern Baseball has announced details of their next full length. The disc will be titled Holy Ghost, and is due out May 13, 2016 via Run For Cover Records. The album was recorded by Joe Reinhart (Hop Along, Joyce Manor) in Philadelphia’s Headroom Studios.
A teaser trailer for the announcement can be viewed below along with track listing.
Modern Baseball has announced a surprise EP. The disc is titled MOBO Presents: The Perfect Cast EP featuring Modern Baseball and dropped today via Lame-O Records.
Listen to the EP here courtesy Spin.
Philadelphia’s Modern Baseball has premiered a new stand along single. The track is titled “The Thrash Particle.” Brendan Lukens of Modern Baseball explains the inspiration behind the song:
“Too dumb to understand; “Thrash” came about during a spiraling case of jealousy. Too jealous to understand how dumb I was being, I did and said things to put my relationships to “the test”; making sure my relationships were strong and for all of the “right reasons”. In time, my paranoia grew and I began to hurt those I wanted to be with the most.”
The band last released, You’re Gonna Miss It All, back in 2014 via Run For Cover Records.
Philadelphia’s Modern Baseball has premiered a new music video. The video features the song “Rock Bottom” from their 2014 album, You’re Gonna Miss It All, available now on Run For Cover Records.
Watch the video below.
Philadelphia’s Modern Baseball have announced vinyl re-issues of their first ever EP The Nameless Ranger and Couples Therapy, their 2012 split with Marietta. Both records have been remastered by Ryan Schwabe and these will be the first ever vinyl presses of these records.
Pre-orders are available now, and they are due for release on September 30th via Lame-O Records.