Slaughter Beach, Dog - Birdie (Big Scary Monsters/Lame-O Records) 2017
Earlier this year, Modern Baseball announced that they were taking a break. With the Philly crew on a hiatus, Jake Ewald started Slaughter Beach, Dog as an outlet for songs that didn’t quite fit with his main band Modern Baseball. Musically, not much has changed and with Birdie, Ewald is still combining catchy melodies, retro inspired acoustic ballads and his personal and brutally honest storytelling skills. Birdie is a great indication of how much Ewald has grown as a songwriter, always pushing himself into brave new territories, but always creating the same honest and emotional imagery, even when sometimes his lyrics leave room for interpretation without providing any definitive answers. Having this outlet outside of the Modern Baseball world allowed Ewald to express his very own creativity.