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Modern Baseball’s Jake Ewald released a new solo song today, “Building The Ark,” taken off his project, Slaughter Beach, Dog's, forthcoming EP Motorcycle.jpg, set to be released next month. While talking about his new track, he also details more about Modern Baseball’s future as a band.
“We just said, let's not call it a breakup and make a huge deal about it and have a ‘Last Show Ever’ or anything like that. Let's just take it easy for now, and if we wake up an want to do it again, then let's do it,” Ewald tells the Fader.
Ewald explains that his new EP is more personal, written after Modern Baseball’s tour with Joyce Manor and Thin Lips. While that was written by himself, he explains that he and Modern Baseball’s Ian Farmer worked on recording a full-length that’s going to be released later this year.
“I did all the instruments, and he did all the recording. I'm really proud of all the songs. It feels good,” Ewald tells the Fader. “I feel like I haven't put music into the world in a little while. Me and Ian are really into restraint right now. It'll be a battle in the studio, like, “What else can we not put in this song?”
Listen to “Building The Ark,” taken from his Motorcycle.jpg EP, set for release on July 14 via Lame-O Records, below:
He also explains that the future of Modern Baseball is still uncertain. A few months before the band called the hiatus, they had a feeling that things were not where they should be.
“When we made the decision to slow down, we already had a lot of tours booked. We were like, oh yeah we can make it through all of this, we'll be fine. But then as we started to be confronted with those tours we realized we didn't know if we were going to be able to go through with all of them,” Ewald explains. “We were so burnt out, and ready to be done with it for a little while.”
He says that although the band brought them so much joy over the years, releasing themselves from the obligation was “an incredible feeling.” And while there is no plan for reconnecting at the moment, he says that if they want it to happen, it will.
“The next time the four of us wake up and really want to do this again, like we want to go have band practice, then we'll fucking do it. We'll do it that day. That's how it was in the beginning; we all loved doing it, and wanted to do it every day,” Ewald says.
“Then we got to the point where we didn't want to do it any day, and that was a confusing feeling. We just said, let's not call it a breakup and make a huge deal about it and have a 'Last Show Ever' or anything like that. Let's just take it easy for now, and if we wake up an want to do it again, then let's do it.”
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