The four-piece, up-and-coming indie rock group from Philly had announced a massive Spring US Tour with special guests Kevin Devine and the God Damn Good Band, Sorority Noise, and The Obsessives back on January 4th. It was just last Tuesday that they canceled the entire tour through a Facebook message.
Jake Ewald, co-frontman of the band, wrote out a lengthy apology explaining why they had to put off an entire tour. “Over the past few months the band has become an immense source of anxiety for me, and it wasn’t until I opened up to [the rest of the band] about it that we realized we were all feeling the same way,” Ewald wrote.
Modern Baseball is known for promoting the importance of mental health. Co-frontman Brendan Lukens, in fact, had decided to sit out MOBO’s most recent European Tour saying “I need this time at home to focus on my mental and physical health”. Lukens, who has been very open about his depression and bipolar disorder, has been struggling with this for many years. However, the band never slowed down. Their popularity had grown so rapidly that they have not had a chance to catch their breathes for a long while. They have been touring on and off since the release of their latest studio album, “Holy Ghost”, in May of last year. Ewald elaborates in his Facebook post saying “The project we started as a source of joy and positive expression had become something that was slowly eating away at our mental health and our friendships.”
This was obviously an incredibly difficult decision for them to make. Not only are they canceling their own tour, but they have also canceled all of the upcoming shows for Kevin Devine, Sorority Noise, and The Obsessives (who actually took a semester off from school to partake in this tour). As a fan myself, I would be lying if I said I was not upset about missing Modern Baseball live. I also wanted to check out Sorority Noise whose upcoming record “You’re Not As ___ As You Think”is growing a lot of hype as well as The Obsessives who have just expanded their band with 3 new members.
Even though I am said to miss them, this is absolutely the right decision for Modern Baseball. Bands take short hiatuses all of the time. Imagine being in their shoes, living in a van on the road for 90% of the year and being with the same few people all day everyday. Hopefully this time off will give them the time and rest that they need to reform better than ever.
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