Marietta / Modern Baseball – Couples Therapy
Record Label: Unsigned
Release Date: May 10th, 2012
Split EPs have always been a very nice way for bands to get music out quickly, but also get exposure by pairing with another band (or even bands, in some cases). Last year, I listened to a brilliant split EP with pop-punk bands Such Gold and A Loss for Words. Both bands are of the same genre, but still rather different, nonetheless. That’s why I liked the split so much – Such Gold are more “hardcore” laced pop-punk, while A Loss for Words are a bit more pop than punk. Despite that, the split was great, because I love both bands. Fast forward to 2012, and I’ve had the chance to review another split EP by a pair of indie / “emo” bands, Pennsylvania’s Marietta and Maryland’s Modern Baseball. Both of these bands are rather unknown, but I’m surprised they are; this a cool split EP, because of the same reason that I enjoyed Such Gold’s and A Loss for Words’ split EP – both bands were similar, but still different. And being new to both of these bands, I really like this because I can discover two bands with one EP.
The first two songs on the EP are by PA indie/pop-punk band Marietta, and both of these songs are really, well, interesting. I had never listened to this band in my life, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. I certainly wasn’t disappointed, but just rather surprised. They’re not the best band I’ve ever listened to, either. I was quite impressed with their overall sound, though; it was definitely something really cool, but their vocalist didn’t stick out to me. For some reason, I look for a great vocalist and lyrics more than anything, and if a band doesn’t have both or either of those things to me, I can’t really get into them. As a writer myself, that’s what I blame the importance on vocals/lyrics to. Regardless, I like this band’s vocals, but just not as much as I was expecting to. They’re not terrible, but they don’t really change much, despite some screams here and there. Those I like, because they were scarce. Both songs are good, and I am quite interested to listen to this band more. The second band is Modern Baseball, and this band sounds rather similar, yet still different. They have more of an indie sound and I really enjoyed both of their songs on here. The main thing I like about this band are their lyrics – they remind me of Justin Pierre’s lyrics from Motion City Soundtrack. I love Pierre’s lyrics, because they’re so clever and sound like a conversation, essentially.
Basically, this is just a nice little 13-minute EP that introduces two bands you may or may not have heard of before. It’s also for free download on either band’s Bandcamp and Facebook pages, so it’s easily worth a listen. You can’t go wrong with free music, right?