Pop-punk quartet Modern Baseball has long specialized in soundtracking the headlong rush of its members’ college years. But whereas second LP “You’re Gonna Miss It All” delivered Facebook rants from a self-pitying underclassman, “Holy Ghost” is the hard-charging graduation speech. Guitarists Jake Ewald and Brendan Lukens split the writing duties, Ewald penning the first six cuts and Lukens the latter five, with each traveling unprecedentedly dark, personal ground. The bouncing “Wedding Singer” and folk-tinted lament “Hiding” find Ewald grieving loss; elsewhere he faces the sacrifices of touring (longing love letter “Mass”) and questions his washed-out memory (infectious “Everyday”). Lukens’s half is more haunted, a harrowing yet hopeful account of struggles with mental illness (“What If. . .” is the raw, raucous standout). “I’m a waste of time and space, meandering unwanted days,” Lukens howls on closer “Just Another Face”; his bandmates offer sonic solidarity, singing, “Even if you can’t see it now / we’re proud of what’s to come, and you.”
Modern Baseball performs at the House of Blues June 23.Isaac Feldberg can be reached by email at email@example.com, or on Twitter at @i_feldberg.