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Tonight: Modern Baseball

modern baseball

The chubby, tee-shirt addicted vocalist/guitarist Brendan Lukens of Modern Baseball has to be the most unlikely rock band phenomenon since Meat Loaf. Modern Baseball are young, immature, often melodramatic, and impossible to ignore. Modern Baseball’s authentic approach is as refreshing as it is appreciated, particularly against the context of cookie cutter top 40. The Philadelphia quartet became an overnight sensation to pop punk and emo fans in 2012 when the band, who were full time college students, recorded and self released their debut album Sports. The songs, whilst quite short, are extremely memorable, as are their videos. Brendan Lukens unusual voice leads us through tracks like “Re-Do” and “The Weekend,” accompanied by driving riffs. The liveliness of the songs invites listeners to get lost in the jaded life of our narrator Brendan Lukens. Lukens is just a young college student who has experienced everything you have but happens to be better at expressing how you’re feeling better than you can. Modern Baseball could be a gateway drug into the wonderful world where punk rock fused with classic late 90’s emo engulfs your soul and takes over your life. Pop punk is dead? I don’t think so. Whatever you take away from the band, it’s safe to say these guys have immense staying power in a pop punk scene that’s not dead yet. You won’t want to miss out on any of the hype tonight at the Waiting Room.

– Jeff Czum


5:30pm Waiting Room, 334 Delaware Ave (853-5483 / $15