Modern Baseball began back when Jake Ewald and Brendan Lukens decided it might be fun to write and play some songs together. Keep in mind, this was only a couple short years before Ian Farmer and Sean Huber would round out the lineup and release two very successful records, including this week’s Unlocked subject, You’re Gonna Miss It All.
Before their first record, 2012’s Sports, was finished, Modern Baseball put out two songs on a split with fellow locals Marietta called Couple’s Therapy. One of these songs is called “It’s Cold Out Here.”
Here you’ll find Ewald and Lukens playing a stripped down “It’s Cold Out Here” as part of the Village Basement Sessions, a New Jersey-based collection of videos highlighting tri-state area artists playing songs in a warm, suburban basement. It’s a nice homage to Modern Baseball’s early days, before the pre-release sellouts and tours both national and European.
“It’s Cold Out Here” is an early entry into the band’s discography, but the track is already classic Modern Baseball, what with Ewald’s colloquial, illustrative scene-setting before some friends make a surprise appearance for the track’s refrain: “I told you I loved you just outside your mom’s place / You laughed then you felt bad as we sat there red-faced / I felt like a bitch so I told you to get out / But I guess Bren was right babe cause’ who’s laughing now.”
Best friends are the best friends.
You’re Gonna Miss it All is the subject of this week’s edition of Unlocked; download “Broken Cash Machine” in Monday’s post, read Tuesday’s album review, and check back tomorrow for an interview with the band!
Modern Baseball, Unlocked, Village Basement Sessions