We caught up with SPORTS to talk about their upcoming record All Of Something out in October via Father/Daughter Records.
SPORTS released their debut record Sunchokes in June 2014. But now the American pop noise outfit is back with All Of Something, their second outing produced by Kyle Gilbride due this Autumn. SPORTS sound like many of the good bands the UK seems to be churning out these days. They remind one of such bands as Joanna Gruesome, Martha, Grubs, Trust Fund and many more. Most of these bands have something in common. They mostly want to have fun, play about and enjoy being young. Each SPORTS member, however, has something which differentiates them in the most normal of ways. Carmen describes herself as boring, James teaches Latin and Jack's favourite drink is Schweppes. By being normal, or boring, or both, SPORTS embody the new-generation-internet-geek-TV-watcher-twitter-addict-young-indie-kid who just wants to listen to music and live their everyday life. Rock and roll!...
3rd: SPORTS, thanks for talking to us. First question, you will release your second album in October produced by Kyle Gilbride. How was the whole experience of writing this album?
Carmen: This album sort of feels like it’s been a long time coming. It’s a mixture of songs that are like two or three years old, and new songs that were specifically meant for this album. There was more collaboration during the song writing process on this album than there was on the last one.//.Benji: This record was definitely more of a collaborative experience in terms of song writing, which we think went really well. We were really well rehearsed for this recording session, which was great because we wound up having pretty ample time to work on finer details with the recorded songs. Working with Kyle was pretty amazing. He’s a really great recording engineer and intuitively understood what we were going for.
"Laundry, something that gives me a lot of anxiety and in which my issues with control are like deeply wrapped up in".
3rd: The Washing Machine, Reality TV, Saturdays...keeping the themes mundane, is that right?
Benji: Our ambitions as a band have never been super lofty; we’ve always just wanted to play together and have fun doing it. So maybe that has something to do with our themes.//.Carmen: I just write about my life and I think I am kind of a boring person. I like to watch TV. I think my song writing as of late has been about finding the connections between these seemingly simple or mundane things and more important aspects about myself and my relationships. That’s really interesting to me.//.Jack: I guess I'd add that the mundanes of life are pretty relentless and it's hard for them to not just naturally seep into songs. It's something one of our favourite bands Krill manages to do amazingly well I think: pinpoint a kind of unremarkable daily pattern or struggle and then extrapolate from there so that it hits a lot harder. This record is constant tension between wanting to act independently in facing problems - building your own little self-sufficient, closed-off world - and recognizing your need for external help in a friend or partner or whatever.
3rd: Talking of which, The Washing Machine reminds me of Waxahatchee. The songs starts with doing the laundry and ends with having trouble breathing.
Carmen: In this song I kind of used the act of doing laundry, something that gives me a lot of anxiety and in which my issues with control are like deeply wrapped up in, as a jumping off point to talk about these issues as they appear in my relationships. The washing machine in the house that I lived in this past year was sort of a significant location for me and kind of took on a personality and a story of its own rather than just being a household appliance. So from there I started thinking about all the washing machines I have had relationships with and started to see how those relationships have always been indicative of like, how I am.
3rd: Let's talk about the cover of the album.
Benji: That’s our good buddy Thomas. The cover of our last record, Sunchokes, has him on it too. We just liked the idea of having a connecting thread between the two.
3rd: Do correct me if I'm wrong, you sound more British than American to me; Martha, Joanna Gruesome, and so on. Would you say you are equally influenced by both countries?
Benji: I think there’s a lot of continuity between the British and US scenes. I definitely listen to a lot of UK bands, with Joanna Gruesome probably being my favourite now. So, yeah, equally influenced.//.Carmen: I'm a big fan of Joanna Gruesome and these other British bands too. I don’t really think about it in terms of American or British since I think it’s all just good, exciting music. So yeah, equally influenced.
3rd: I have heard you are not going to tour this new album for now. Why? Will you tour it eventually?
Benji: We’re all in pretty different places right now and are all doing different things. We have some one-off shows coming up on the east coast, but since we’re so spread out it means we can’t really do an extended tour for the time being. That said we could maybe do something this summer. It’s not off the table.