If you would have told me five years ago that an underground pop-punk band on a independent record label would have a record debut at #84 on the Billboard Top 200, I would have laughed in your face. Little would I have known that in 2014 Philadelphia’s Modern Baseball would make me eat my words. Not only does MB have the distinction of being on the same list as (and only a few places under) Nickleback and Justin Timberlake, but the record that made it all happen entitled You’re Gonna Miss It All also debuted at number #1 for vinyl sales.
Modern Baseball’s sound is an interesting blend of underground pop-punk and a more mainstream (and dare I say marketable) incarnation of pop-punk, creating a vibe that has a little something for everyone. You’re Gonna Miss It All consists of twelve fun, mid-tempo songs chock full of positive energy. At first glance, the melodies on this album, both guitar and vocal, are what make this release stick out. Upon further inspection however, one will find the honesty and earnestness of the lyrics as well as the sarcastic wit peppered throughout as that which will give this album staying power that pretty guitar chords alone would not be able to offer.
The fact that Modern Baseball not only made the upper half of the Billboard Top 200 but also has the #1 Vinyl release under their belt shows that we as listeners now have the power to give bands the recognition that they actually deserve. I personally think that Modern Baseball has earned the recognition they are receiving based specifically on how solid of a record You’re Gonna Miss It All is. You can decide for yourself by going to Run for Cover Records’ band camp and giving the album a listen. If you are a fan of any type of pop-punk then you probably wont be disappointed.