[album] Sports Team – Gulp!

The drive and speed with which Sports Team broke into the music scene surprised everyone and could not go unnoticed. Despite the global pandemic, the band’s debut album Deep Down Happy generated a lot of buzz, received great reviews, a Mercury Prize nomination, and also peaked at number 2 on the UK Official Charts Company albums chart (they lost first place to Lady Gaga’s Chromatica).

With such a crazy start, it’s easy to imagine that releasing a second album was quite a challenge for the group. Unfortunately, maintaining such a level of hype is close to impossible, and the same might apply to charts/general reviews. However, we are not really interested in that. What is important, the band really managed to gather a truly dedicated fan base around them. And Gulp! won’t disappoint those.

On the new LP sextet is even more chaotic, but now they don’t even try to make the sound clean or polished. The album is filled with loud, noisy distortion, wild guitars, and, as usual, vocalist Alex Rice’s firm manic delivery.

No matter how “uncool” indie rock is in 2022, Sports Team are excellent representatives of the genre. Gulp! sounds like Spector on speed, like the more obsessive and controlled Palma Violets, like The Libertines without too much drama. It’s definitely not a groundbreaking release, not an album of the year, but it is very catchy and super, super fun.

Check it out below and purchase the LP here.

[album] Tom Vek – Answering To A Higher Force

A big present from Tom Vek is out today — he releases an EP Answering To A Higher Force, which includes six previously unheard songs that are unveiled to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of his second album Leisure Seizure. These brilliant tunes were created during that era and are serving now as a delightful extension of this cult LP of the early 10s.

The collection is available on streaming services now and also on CD (purchase a limited edition here, only 200 copies were made).

Stream below.

[song] Bombay Bicycle Club – I Can Hardly Speak

Everything Else Has Gone Wrong is the fifth album produced by Bombay Bicycle Club, following a six year hiatus.

It is due January 17 via Caroline International/Island and we already heard three tracks out of it. To heat up the interest even more the band is now sharing “I Can Hardly Speak”, which is another catchy example of their beautiful and distinctive sound.

Hear it below and pre-order the album here. The guys also have a big upcoming UK/EU tour — find all the dates on Songkick.

Artwork: Maria Medem
Lyric Video: Jonny Sanders/Prehuman