Posted in music | pictures on June 7, 2014

photos by Mimi Hong, words by Andrew Sacher

Modern Baseball / The Hotelier / MoBo's crowd
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Modern Baseball, Tiny Moving Parts, The Hotelier and Sorority Noise brought their tour to NYC this past Thursday (6/5) for a sold out show at the Marlin Room at Webster Hall. Pictures of all four bands, Modern Baseball and The Hotelier's setlists, and a MoBo video are in this post.

Sorority Noise kicked things off with a set of late '90s/early '00s-style poppy punk. They were probably the most straightforward of the four bands (not in a bad way), and despite being first on a four band bill in a pretty large venue, they still had a fair amount of the crowd singing along.

Then came The Hotelier, who immediately took those crowd singalongs to another level. Singer Christian Holden didn't have to so much as get out the first syllable of "An Introduction to the Album" for the majority of the audience up front to yell every word right back. Multiple times in that song alone, Christian backed away from the mic and successfully allowed the crowd to take over. They played seven of the nine songs on this year's excellent Home, LIke Noplace Is There (plus "Settle the Scar" from their 2013 split with Modern Baseball and others), an album that sonically is not far from Tell All Your Friends, Deja Entendu or The Room's Too Cold, but is so lyrically powerful that it doesn't sound dated or derivative. They fully know how to bring those songs to life too. Every crack in Christian's voice is still there on lines like "Now I'm lost and I can't take this path back home," and the band is tight as hell.

Tiny Moving Parts followed with a set of their math rock-tinged post-hardcore. Vocalist/guitarist Dylan Mattheisen has got some real chops, noodling his way through complex riffs and tapping, and never missing a beat. The band go pretty nuts too, jumping around on stage, and were generally all smiles the entire show.

Finally Modern Baseball closed out the show to a very excited crowd who knew every word. The band said more than once on stage that it was their biggest headlining show yet, and it was pretty clear that these guys are only going to move to bigger and bigger stages. The band's songs are endlessly catchy, and though they deliver them like the major anthems they are, you can tell they came up playing basements. During "The Weekend," members of the opening bands ran up on stage to sing along and then crowd surfed, and for the closing song of the pre-encore set, "Your Graduation," the guest singer who appears on the album came out for his verse and then also jumped right into the crowd. Those big moments aside, when they stripped down and Jake Ewald played "Pothole" solo, it was as or more powerful than the rockers. Unfortunately, one of the two co-lead singers Brendan Lukens was sick with pneumonia and had to miss the show, but Sorority Noise's Cameron Boucher (also of Old Gray) filled on guitar and the band was still in fine form without Brendan. (Not that he wasn't sorely missed -- and get well soon!)

More pictures of all four bands, with those setlists and video, below...

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Modern Baseball - "Your Graduation" at Marlin Room at Webster Hall - 6/5/14

Modern Baseball at Marlin Room at Webster Hall - 6/5/14 Setlist:
Re-Do
Tears Over Beers
Broken Cash Machine
It's Cold Out Here
Rock Bottom
Charlie Black
Voting Early
Pothole
See Ya, Sucker
The Weekend
Your Graduation

Encore:
Hours Outside In The Snow

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The Hotelier at Marlin Room at Webster Hall - 6/5/14 Setlist:
An Introduction to the Album
The Scope of All This Rebuilding
Your Deep Rest
Among the Wildflowers
Life in Drag
Discomfort Revisited
Settle the Scar
Dendron

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Comments (11)

The Early November does not deserve to be mentioned alongside TAYF and Deja Entendu.

Posted by Anonymous | June 7, 2014 3:31 PM

>2014
>emo

Posted by Anonymous | June 7, 2014 5:02 PM

And now, opening up for Modern Baseball, playing shortstop, numbah 2 ...

Posted by Anonymous | June 7, 2014 6:56 PM

To paraphrase Casey Stengle "When is Modern Baseball going to be seen at Shea Stadium?"

Posted by Anonymous | June 7, 2014 9:13 PM

Brocore

Posted by Anonymous | June 7, 2014 9:17 PM

^it's not that this photographer is bad, it i just they are one of a few who use these stupid filters trying to be creative or compensate.

Posted by Anonymous | June 8, 2014 11:46 AM

That's the "ruin the photo" filter which basically dulls the image and removes any clarity. Its painful on the eyes.

Posted by Anonymous | June 8, 2014 1:00 PM

I don't think it's even a filter. Looks like the contrast is just turned way down to compensate for an over-saturated and/or under-exposed image.
Regardless, looks bad.

Posted by Anonymous | June 9, 2014 12:25 PM

modern baseball without the lead singer guy?? pass.

Posted by Anonymous | June 9, 2014 2:25 PM

specifically what's happening with the photos is that the blacks are being crushed, it's a way of adding brightness without introducing film grain. It also echoes the days of actually shooting on film where blacks are a bit more crushed naturally.

regardless it's a creative decision and if you don't like it literally nobody cares.

Posted by Anonymous | June 10, 2014 5:17 PM

You replied to it, you obviously care.

But I like that "creative decision". In other words, the photographer is not only bad at shooting photos, but is also an idiot.

Posted by Anonymous | June 10, 2014 6:00 PM

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