Close your eyes and picture this. A slow drive winding around countryside lanes. Intervals of cool shade and the sun’s rays beat down like alternating waves. Some music needs to be enjoyed in exactly the right scenario. And for Baseball Game – who have been enchanting fans with their mesh of nostalgic 70s soft rock and sun-drenched synths – the right scenario is summer.
Feed yourself some sonic bliss this heatwave, with tracks from the LA/Nashville duo, Adam Carpenter and Jason Bennett, who have dropped their self-titled EP. A lush collection of songs, lyrically, it covers relationship breakdowns and the empathy we still have for someone no longer a part of our life.
“Woman” recalls how a romantic infatuation doubles as fulfilling an emptiness deep within, vocals dancing upon velvety electric guitar. Pulsating hit “Feelings” is a moody meditation on compassion, and “See You Tomorrow” traverses an easygoing indie-folk soundscape with irresistible melodies.
We caught up with Baseball Game on lockdown, their formative influences, and their new EP…
Hi guys, how has lockdown treated you? Tell us a lesson you’ve learned…
It’s been pretty wild, both of us stay inside quite a bit anyways so it isn’t too crazy. But we’ve definitely learned how important friends are. And how important being a good friend is, like being the one to reach out and check in.
Adam and Jason, how did you guys meet?
We met at a church. Jason was playing drums and I was playing guitar. we instantly became buds.
And what do you bring to Baseball Game sonically? And where did the name come from?
I (Adam) sing and write mostly and Jason writes and produces us mainly. The name came from a story from when I was a kid. I played T-ball and we were playing the championship game. I was on the blue team and we played against the red team. I lost the game. Afterward I went to the wrong dugout and the red team spotted me and once they did, they sprayed me with red Kool-Aid and told me to get out because I didn’t belong there. We kind of feel like with Baseball Game our songs sound very individual and when we felt like that might not necessarily fit together or belong.So after we listened to all of the songs we made, we wanted to put them all together and release the music we felt like making and calling ourselves Baseball Game just made sense.
You have ties to Nashville and LA, two very different places, how has this influenced you sonically?
Jason always wants to make country songs now. Ha, not really but I think that our surroundings and friends have influenced us to explore outside what we “should” make because of what’s trending. We always like to surprise people with our songs.
Who would you cite as your biggest influences?
George Harrison, Jack Antanoff, Justin Vernon, The Cribs, Radiohead, The National.
And do you pull most inspiration from your collective past experiences?
Yeah, we get together and talk about important stuff in our lives that we’ve felt and have gone through and the songs have all stemmed from real stories. We love writing songs that can tell both of our stories at the same time.
Nostalgia, desire, loss. Your music taps into really emotive human emotions – how do you want your fans to feel when they listen to your songs?
I want them to feel like they aren’t the only ones. I also want them to feel like the project they’re making with their best friend can actually go somewhere and people could love their music. Ultimately we want people to want to pursue their art more intently after hearing us.
Congratulations on your debut EP – what ties it together as a body of work?
Thanks so much! We feel like the tone of each song story is captured in the genre. but for some reason it all works because of Jason’s production and my vocals. It all sounds like us (Baseball Game) because it is.
What were the challenges of making it?
Being in different states made it a little more tough. Mostly the photo shoot part. Kind of need to be together to do that kind of stuff.
You guys played pretty much every single instrument while making it – why was this important to the both of you?
Well, we love having friends collaborate. But we both play and it’s sometimes easier to just play it yourself than try to explain it to someone.
What’s next for you? What are you excited about in 2020?
Working on our second EP is so exciting. We’re already into it and it means so much. Also, can’t wait to turn and play more shows.