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Modern Baseball, Worcester Palladium, MA, Tuesday, April 15th 2014 Reviewed

Modern Baseball

Modern Baseball

Modern Baseball kicked off the night at The Greatest Generation Tour.  I’d never seen them live before, so I didn’t know what to expect.  They weren’t as pop punk as other bands on the tour but they still had that sound.  

They’re good friends with the guys in Old Gray, specifically Cam Boucher, who brought the boys Sorority Noise shirts and they wore them on stage.  It was so cute to see, especially seeing this band wear the band ts of locals that deserve the publicity.  It was cute, and the fact that they didn’t treat it like a big show made it even better.  These dorky, charismatic, just-made-it guys play like they’re playing to 12 people even when they’re playing to a thousand.  I love the small and personal feeling of their set.  They were being silly, singing out of key and dancing like fools.  They were really whimsical and it was fun to see.
They were phenomenal live, and when they broke into “Rock Bottom”, pretty much everyone started dancing.  It’s an upbeat, fun, dancey song and one of my favorites of theirs.  It was catchy and sharp, sounding even better than it does on the album.  It was nice to see that they had a lot of fans in the crowd because usually the first bands on any bill are under appreciated or not too many people know the words, but that wasn’t the case here.  So many people were singing along and the community feel of it all was great.  It really felt like everyone was friends, and the band was also so comfortable.  Cam even came out while the band was playing “The Weekend”, grabbing a mic to sing along, throwing himself at members of the band, dancing like a weirdo, and flailing. It’s the little things that make a performance memorable and the silly demeanor of these boys stood out to me and made me make an internal promise to myself to see them live again and again.
Closing with “Your Graduation”, the venue was pushed into a frenzy of intense energy and the soundtrack was probably the greatest song of the band’s career.  The sound was flawless and even with everyone singing along, you could make out all the little details of the song.  Seeing it live made me appreciate it even more, and I never wanted their set to end.

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