Label: Big Scary Monsters Bands with dual songwriters are a powder keg. Factor in ego, craft, and relationships, and it’s all but impossible to dovetail differing styles into something sonically, tonally, and thematically consistent. The boys of Philadelphia rock outfit Modern Baseball, however, make it look easy. Across two records, a couple EPs, and oodles of splits, the old friends find cohesion in their mutual laments. But they’re in their 20s now.. Since the release of 2014’s You’re Gonna Miss It All, Ewald lost a close family member, and Lukens received treatment for addiction and bipolar disorder. They’re growing. So is their art. In addition to being a powerful examination of self-worth and how it tends to wither beneath the responsibilities of adulthood, the record is also a testament to the band’s growth musically and thematically. The Holy Ghost, that intangible something that represents forgiveness and spiritually fulfilment, remains out of reach. This record is the space in between.