SOUNDCHECK TO ENCORE WITH MODERN BASEBALL
Brendan Lukens and Jake Ewald were high school friends from Brunswick, Maryland who began as an acoustic duo before relocating to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to attend college; Lukens at Chestnut Hill College, and Ewald at Drexel University. They then met drummer Sean Huber and bassist Ian Farmer. Their name was inspired by a book that Lukens and Ewald found entitled “Modern Baseball Techniques” – owned by Ewald’s father on the evening they decided to form a band.
The quartet got their start playing house shows around Drexel University in the basement scene alongside bands like The Menzingers, Lee Hartney and Cayetana. Huber and Farmer joined midway into the recording of the group’s first album, which was recorded at Drexel’s studios. That album, Sports, was released in 2012, and soon after the group left Drexel and Chestnut Hill temporarily to pursue music on a more regular basis.
The group’s second full-length album, You’re Gonna Miss It All, was released on Run For Cover Records in 2014, reaching #97 on the Billboard 200. The group toured the United States in early 2014 with The Wonder Years.
Modern Baseball toured the United Kingdom in September 2014. The band spoke ahead of their tour describing how they manage their busy schedules. This followed a tour of the United States in a headlining spot with other bands Knuckle Puck, Foxing, Crying, and Somos.
In late 2015, the band announced plans for their third album that would be released in 2016 through Run For Cover Records, titled Holy Ghost.
On February 25, 2016, the band announced that their third album “Holy Ghost” will be released on May 13 via Run For Cover and on Big Scary Monsters in the UK/Europe.