Sports Team are a theatrical sextet offering a glammed up, washed out antidote to cookie-cutter indie-rock.
Their suburban histrionics and louche posturing is masterminded from their base in North West London, nestled in between a McVities biscuit factory and evangelical church.
With city grit and provincial mundanity meeting head on, their anarchic sound emerges from the general disdain they hold for their surroundings.
Tired European stereotypes, the horse meat scandal and mock-Tudor semis all come under scrutiny, with Sports Team popping fun at the ‘red top’ mindset with rock ‘n’ roll relish.
Shades of Psychedelic Furs, Velvet Underground and current social misfits Shame and Fat White Family are instantly audible, as the band’s freewheeling riffs merge with snarling realism.
With their debut EP Winter Nets landing this Friday (26 January), and a live show at Rough Trade East tonight, we caught up with the team to learn what gets them over the finish line…
What was the first song you developed an obsession for?
I bought Nizlopi’s JCB Song as a CD single so I must have been pretty into that.
What’s the first gig you went to?
Egyptian Hip Hop, Django Django and New Young Pony Club at an Underage Festival club night in 2010.
What’s the first instrument you ever got hold of?
Five hard years of piano lessons, I got to grade three before they pulled the plug.
What is your worst musical habit?
The E chord.
What’s the best piece of musical advice you’ve ever been given?
‘Write Common People’ – Stu Clarke
Where do you discover new music?
What’s your favourite venue?
Sporting Clube de Londres (Westbourne Park)
Who is your current favourite band/artist?
The Family Cat.
What inspirations outside of music impact your songwriting?
Young Professionals. Britain in Bloom. Commuter Belt England. Mock Tudor. Comment is Free hot takes.
What track of yours best represents your sound?
Camel Crew is somewhere in the middle.
What’s next for you?
We’re playing at Rough Trade when Winter Nets drops on 24 January.
Sports Team play a show for Independent Venue Week with YOWL and Fur on 1 February at The Five Bells, London.