If emo rock can ever have been said to have gone away, then Modern Baseball have given the scene a major boost in recent years with their swift rise to stardom. Forming originally as an acoustic duo before coalescing as a full band quartet in Philadelphia in 2011, the last few years have seen them make a rapid leap from house shows to record contracts and worldwide acclaim.
Last year’s third album Holy Ghost was the band’s most high profile and successful release to date, earning the bands plaudits from publications like Pitchfork and Consequence of Sound and resulting in a series of sell-out shows across the world. Having managed to pack The Cluny last year, local promoters Portions for Foxes (in collaboration with Gigs North East) have brought them back for an appearance at the roomier environs of the Riverside on Valentine’s Day to try and fit their ever-swelling legions of fans inside.
Support on the night comes from two other highly regarded American pop-punk bands, Thin Lips and Superweaks, both of which have joined up with Modern Baseball to produce a special tour-only three way split single. With tickets selling fast, this looks set to be another packed, energetic gig for the band.