The band have announced they’ll be taking a break to focus on their mental health.
Modern Baseball have announced that they’ll be taking a hiatus from music in order to focus and take care of their mental health. The announcement comes just before the band were about to embark on a US headlining tour with Sorority Noise, Kevin Devine and The Obsessives.
Releasing a statement via Facebook, the band said:
“Hey everybody, Jake here. As much as it pains me to say this, we have decided to cancel our upcoming U.S. tour dates and festival appearances to take a break from Modern Baseball for a little while. If you already bought tickets for the tour, refunds will be available at point of purchase.
Over the past few months the band has become an immense source of anxiety for me, and it wasn’t until I opened up to Sean, Ian, and Brendan about it that we realized we were all feeling the same way. The project we started as a source of joy and positive expression had become something that was slowly eating away at our mental health and our friendships. We have been championing the importance of mental health for a while now, and we recently realized that it would be wrong for us to ignore our own health any longer. Please know that we don’t take a tour cancellation lightly, and under any other circumstances we would not even consider it an option, but in this instance we have to put our health and friendships first. You’ve supported us unconditionally throughout this crazy ride and we could never thank you enough. We never really learned how to do this whole “rock band” thing the right way, but you kept coming to the shows and talking to us and assuring us that we’d figure it out sooner or later. We could not have done any of this without you. Be honest with those you love and don’t be afraid to lean on them when you need to. Odds are they’ll need to lean on you pretty soon too.
With all the love in the world,
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The band have always been open regarding their mental health, with vocalist/guitarist Brendan Lukas having shared his own struggles with mental illness in the past. Overall, fans and fellow musicians have been supportive of the band’s decision and have wished them the best: