Feeling Down? Philly Punks Modern Baseball Are With You the Whole Way: Alt In Our Stars Podcast

The Alt in Our Stars featuring: Modern Baseball
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The Alt in Our Stars featuring: Modern Baseball

Are they reviving emo? Are they reviving pop-punk? Let's just agree Modern Baseball is ensuring sincere, life-altering music remains something we can all aspire to. 

On their 2016 album Holy Ghost (out May 13 via Run For Cover) Modern Baseball's songwriters took on heavy subjects. Brendan Lukens tackled his triumph over addiction and self-harm, and Jake Ewald, his grandfather's death. “[I’m] definitely not over anything,” Lukens says. He admits his experience wasn’t something one can simply forget, but the future looks much brighter. “I definitely feel really good. My fam here in MoBo has been with me and we’ve been taking it on. It’s definitely a struggle every day but it’s something that going into treatment definitely helped prepare me for.”

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The whole band stopped by Billboard's New York office for an occasionally somber -- but mostly lighthearted -- chat on all things MoBo. 

Holy Ghost debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Vinyl Albums chart and No. 53 on the Billboard 200, marking their best sales week yet. Each member discussed his role in the album along with plenty of other topics: why they love covering the Killers, maintaining relationships while on the road (they’re all taken), and how they put on killer DIY shows in their old Philly apartment. 

Past Episodes: Shamir | Into It. Over It. | Courtney Barnett | Car Seat Headrest | Beach Slang | Bully | Chairlift | CHVRCHES | The Strumbellas 

To keep up with the podcast (a new episode comes out every Friday) and to stream old episodes, subscribe to The Alt In Our Stars podcast on iTunes. Let us know what you think on Twitter (@cpayneonaplane) and by rating the podcast on iTunes. 

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