The maturation of an early twenty something is no easy task. Everything from heartbreak to crises of identity plague those exiting the comforts of adolescence. On Modern Baseball’s latest LP Holy Ghost, the Philly-based rockers do a remarkable job at tackling both subjects.
While both of their previous full-lengths, Sports and the acclaimed You’re Gonna Miss it All, focused more on blatant sarcasm and the frustrations of navigating of millennial dating culture, Holy Ghost takes a turn in the other direction.
Gone are lyrics like, “The girl who’s next to me, she’s friendly and thoughtful and quite awfully pretty. But all she has to say is a meat-head themed monologue on why Brad ran away,” or “What do you call someone who calls you out on DIY ethics you don’t embody as he drains his dad and mommy’s monthly data plan? An asshole with an iPhone.”
And in are lyrics like,”I’m not just another face. I’m not just another name,” from “Just Another Face” and “It’s not like me to forgive and move on, oh it’s looking back on my mistakes saying others,” from “Apple Cider, I Don’t Mind”.
The album is essentially split into two, with the first six songs coming from singer/guitarist Jake Ewald, while the second half of the album was written by singer/guitarist Brendan Lukens. Whereas in past albums the two interweave their songs, this approach works to represent where they both are in life.