Modern Baseball have cancelled their upcoming US tour and future festival dates over health concerns and other tensions within the band.
In a statement posted on the band’s Facebook page, singer/guitarist Jake Ewald tells all in a brave and honest statement.
The frontman writes:
“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.”
Ewald also goes on to share important hotlines for those also affected by similar issues.
This statement comes following Brendan Lukens’ decision to unfortunately cancel his involvement in the band’s UK and Euro dates following his battle with his own mental health issues.
The full statement and crisis line contact details can be found here.
This is obviously sad news for fans of the band who were looking forward to supporting the group on their travels as they have easily become one of the most honest and hardworking bands in the current punk scene. However, the health of the artists should always be a priority.
Let’s hope that the band take all of the time they need to come back in order to give the excellent Holy Ghost the tour it deserves.