May 5, 2016


Modern Baseball Escapes Psychic Death In 'Wedding Singer' Video

Philadelphia emo heroes Modern Baseball are gearing up to release their third full-length, Holy Ghost. The album is a unique one: dual frontmen Jake Ewald and Brendan Lukens take turns writing songs and performing them (there's an organic cohesion to the duo's artistic output, perhaps the kind only possible when best friends get together). Holy Ghost is a little bit different than anything they've done before: The a-side is entirely penned by Ewald, the b-side, Lukens. 

"Wedding Singer" is one of Ewald's creations. The song finds optimism in just how damn bleak it is, a certain positivity most visible in his half of the band's repertoire. Today the guys have shared the song in its entirety for the first time with a pretty unique video. Modern Baseball have quite the reputation for over-the-top visuals, this one might take the cake.

It begins with a distressed man leaving a funeral, presumably of a loved one. Inside his mind a death metal band rages, eventually to be replaced by Modern Baseball (in this universe, humanity is dictated by organized mini-humans inside the cranium). Outside his body a pink-wigged woman a la Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind pulls up in a hearse and shows him a full-filled night of karaoke and roller skating. When our male protagonist on the verge of breaking down again, she saves him with a kiss. The whole thing is kind of Manic Pixie Dream Girl in a way that might not be for the best, but the song is great and the grief metaphor is poignant and powerful.

Watch/listen to "Wedding Singer" above. When you're done there, read our essay on Modern Baseball and Sorority Noise.