You’re Gonna Miss It All
11 February 2014 (Run For Cover Records)
By: Joe DeBonis
There is a somewhat nostalgic feel to most pop punk music, whether it is being played by notorious heavy weights like Fall Out Boy and Blink – 182 or by a high school band trying to emulate the sounds of their teenage angst. The music reminds people of their awkward teenage days more than any other kind of music, with the heavy reliance on emotion throughout almost all pop punk. Emotion and everything associated with it is something I think we all felt too much of in middle school and high school and regardless of how bad it was then, remembering and reminiscing years later is an enjoyable time. Music is always the best way to reawaken those feels. Most of the lyrics revolve around young love and the often felt heartache that comes along with it all and in today’s music listening society the biting guitar and rocking back beat from the drums combined with the whiniest kind of voice just exemplify that time in everyone’s life.
Then there are the bands that add an artistic style that Pete Wentz just doesn’t possess and create an almost hipster kind of emo. Modern Baseball is more in this vein of emo pop punk than the Fall Out Boy’s or the Wonder Years with less of a pop feel, but not as punk as bands like Joyce Manor or You Blew It! It’s an interesting middle ground they have covered, taking aspects from the harder version of the genre but also remembering the quieter, more emotional parts from the other side. It’s not a perfect mixing by any means, but it has the same emotional feel and the same reliability that is needed to truly make a pop punk record resonate with a wide variety of listeners.
When it comes down to it, this album works perfectly for what it is. There are the slower, more emotional songs that allow Brendan Lukens to showcase his perfectly pop punk voice, moaning about girls wasting his time when they vent about problems like Instagram accounts not working and friends bailing on them on “Fine, Great” but also with the more fast paced, punk influenced songs like “Apartment” that get out the emotion in a different, more hectic way. The change from the slow, vocally driven parts to the faster, drum influenced choruses epitomizes the genre, but is quite necessary to have a successful pop punk album.
Lukens has the absolute perfect voice for what the band is doing also. He can scream his head off or be whispering passionately, it doesn’t matter; his piercing moan is entrancing to listen to because it sounds exactly like what we all would want ourselves to sound if we could vocalize our angst.
Not to mention one of the best lines of the album has a very resonating quality to it. “Bullshit, you fucking missed me,” has to be one of the most satisfying lyrics to sing along to, not only because Lukens has the perfect amount of spite and anger in his voice, but that very saying has to be something that more than ¾ of the male population (or just teenage population in general) has thought at some point in their life about a lover who has scorned them. That ability to connect on such a personal level helps a band immensely and the genre itself depends on that connecting ability too.
Sometimes people find shame in having listened to Blink- 182 in their younger days. They act like they were bad at music in their past and now that they are all “grown up,” bands like Green Day and Taking Back Sunday aren’t worth liking any more. I find this sentiment ridiculous and kind of close-minded, almost as close-minded as only listening to one kind of music. Musical progression is a beautiful thing and trying to never look back at where one came from is like erasing all childhood memories after they happen. The music we all listened to as teens helped shape who we are today and also the kind of music we grew to listen to and to forget our roots like that is insulting to ourselves. Modern Baseball is attempting to make sure we all remember our roots as well as stay as modern as we want and the mixture is refreshing and sentimental at the same time.
Rating: Loved It