Earlier this week, Philadelphia quartet Modern Baseball released a reminiscent mini documentary about the journey their band has gone on. This video explores the childhood of each member and where they came from. Originally, they were not all from Philadelphia, this is just where the band was formed. The documentary was released as a precursor to their third studio album, Holy Ghost. Vulnerability played a huge role in the way this was produced; it acts as a window into the personal life of each member, helping their ever-growing fan base get to know each one of them better.
Modern Baseball is known for being extremely sincere in their music, showing a side of themselves most artists neglect to do. This makes them unique and likable as artists and helps listeners relate to what they're singing about. Their music touches on topics such as divorce, break ups and genuine struggles most people can find themselves going through in their early adult life.
Chapter 1 of the documentary explores the life of each member and how Modern Baseball came to be. It describes their journey from playing basements and garages, to selling out venues across America. Members, Brendan Lukens, Jake Ewald, Ian Farmer, and Sean Huber each describe their personal journey with the band and how these experiences have impacted their lives for the better, and sometimes how they negatively impacted their lives. Later in the documentary, chapter 3 focuses on Brendan Luken's personal journey in more depth, it defines his struggle with his rise to fame and how it took a monumental toll on his mental health, to the point where he had contemplated suicide, and how Jake Ewald, and member of Sorority Noise, Cam Boucher, saved his life. He describes it as a self realization, and as something "so small but so impactful," which pushed the band in a more positive direction, as of recent times.
The vulnerability of this 17-minute documentary is so touching, and quite beautiful because it is something that isn't seen often in the modern music industry. I highly recommend watching it, because it gives a view into the seemingly perfect life of musicians, and what happens behind those closed doors.