by Olivia Distefano
Staff 13th Apostle
I guess you all have to know a little bit about religion because you enrolled in THE Jesuit university of New York, but seeing Modern Baseball live is actually what Father McShane suggests you do instead of going to mass.
I'll begin by mentioning that one of the band members, Jake Ewald, started off the concert by kicking out a person wearing a “Make America Great Again” shirt. Jake is not only a talented musician, but also better at sniping than anyone in the overfunded army for our beloved nation. If you already know a little something about Modern Baseball, then hit me up and I'll help persuade FAFSA that you deserve more merit aid because honestly I do consider you, yeah you, my best friend for life. If you don't know anything about Modern Baseball, well that is why I am here.
This band is Christmas, Halloween, and Thanksgiving all in a single entity. If you are still reading this, then please take a short pause and listen to the song “Your Graduation”. Okay, back? Yeah you’re welcome. Back to the point, seeing this band live makes a person concentrate. Every second of the music uttered by each individual member is composed with such poise and confidence that it will have any person in a mix between raging jealousy and absolute awe. Punk music is always associated with a negative connotation by everyone who doesn't delve into its glory, but even a country fan (I don't know how Darwinism hasn't got rid of you) can appreciate its talent.
Society has become desensitized to the fact that most artists sound less appealing live, and people end up relying on distracting light shows and images to keep them entertained through a set. Modern Baseball is raw; each band member sets up his own amp and hulls his own instruments. The songs you hear live are the same, maybe even better, than the ones you hear through your headphones. The lead singer, Brendan Lukens, makes the wholehearted effort to connect to the audience on a personal level. In between songs Brendan shares snippets of his life story, so that by the end of the concert, you see the whole picture of how he became the man he is today.
The personality of the band is exposed through their well-constructed lyrics. They threw tradition out the window and adopted quirky styles, such as occasionally lacking a chorus and avoiding rhymes. The songs are not merely played to entertain, they're made to make the audience feel like part of a community. Being in a small venue filled with people who share similar passions is one of the most comforting and priceless experiences.
Knowing that the band is not in the music business for the money, but for the pure love of making beautiful sounds, creates a genuine vibe in the venue. I’m not the type of person to judge an artist, but there is certainly no member promoting something like a shoe brand (Yeezys) for their own personal endeavor (sorry Kanye).
At this point in the article you're either thinking “this girl makes some valid points and her music taste is probably crafted by Jesus himself” or you're writing me a strongly worded letter to argue that I'm a pretentious piece of shit. Joke’s on you, both of those things are completely accurate. My sole reason for attending Fordham was actually to ram (that was a fucking amazing pun) my opinions regarding music down the throats of my peers, while writing a lengthy text about how my concert experience is worth more to me than my unborn child (sorry I can’t keep things pc). In all seriousness, and no sarcasm I swear, seeing Modern Baseball in concert is actually a requirement for graduating. Disclaimer: I wrote this from my penthouse (fourth floor) of my spacious (forced triple) castle (Martyrs) while some extremely courteous gentleman (major douche) decided to blast some G Eazy (straight trash).