Slaughter Beach, Dog (Jake Of Modern Baseball) Streams “Forever” via American Songwriter

September 12, 2016
Jess Flynn

Jess Flynn

Slaughter Beach, Dog (Jake Of Modern Baseball)
Streams “Forever” via American Songwriter

Welcome Out September 30th on Lame-O Records

Slaughter Beach, Dog, the new project from Jake Ewald of Modern Baseball, is now streaming his new single “Forever” via American Songwriter. His debut album, Welcome, is out September 30th on Lame-O Records. Pre-orders are available digitally andphysically via Lame-O Records. A quote from Ewald on the song and record can be found below.
Stream “Forever” via American Songwriter.
Welcome was my first experience intentionally writing an entire cohesive album. Before, I had only written halves of Modern Baseball records. It was a little daunting, but I really enjoyed the experience. I wrote the music for ‘Forever’ during basic tracking for the Slaughter Beach, Dog record in the summer of last year, and I wrote the lyrics on the subway in the winter earlier this year.” – Jake Ewald

Welcome tracklisting

1. Mallrat Semi-Annual
2. Toronto Mug
3. Monsters
4. Bed Fest
5. Forever
6. Jobs
7. Politics Of Grooming
8. Drinks
9. Toronto Mug II
10. Essex Street

“There ain’t no purpose fightin’ holy wars for someone you’re not.” This sleek proverb is delivered in Jake Ewald’s unassuming sneer, but isn’t as honest as previous adages he’s known for behind one-half of Modern Baseball’s microphones. The residents of Slaughter Beach – a character study the Philadelphia musician flocks to during bouts of writer’s block – are grounded in some faith, whether in a higher power or lesser ones roaming this area’s varied terrain.

Consider the musical geography of the region: there are pastoral corners, where “Politics of Grooming” whispers third-person omniscience as thin guitars slide and pluck. “Drinks” finds itself primed for the town’s bar jukebox, where Ewald’s alt-country tendencies slink away from safety. Other tracks are illuminated by a city skyline, where the radio-rock “Monsters” bends and folds under the weight of an evening loaded with self-sabotage. “Bed Fest,” returning from 2014’s Dawg EP, clocks in around that night’s 3 a.m., with quieter admissions of interpersonal guilt lingering longer than the concluding vocal overdubs accompanying them.

Many of the tracks on Welcome find people struggling to find answers, but Ewald answers to no one but himself. This debut LP was entirely self-produced, recorded and performed: an act of escapism and individual growth outside his tight-knit day job. Slaughter Beach, Dog finds Ewald wandering through multiple head spaces to emerge with his own inner sanctum confidently reinvigorated. And that’s welcome.

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