Sports was a self-categorized “basement rock band” when they formed as a
group of Kenyon College students in 2012. The band’s electrifying pop
punk bonafides and the inimitable vocals of frontperson and primary
songwriter Carmen Perry found them quick acclaim and a home at
Father/Daughter Records. 2018’s Slow Buzz, their first as
Philadelphians, saw a new lineup of the band collaboratively writing,
building depth and elaboration to their compositions and production.
Heavy touring alongside high-energy art punk heroes like Jeff Rosenstock
and Joyce Manor brought their tightly synced playing to a stronger
level, while headlining dates supported by favorite artists like
Lomelda, Trace Mountains and Pllush inspired them to embrace meandering
flourishes in their songs.
When they came off the road, they were ready to write, entering a meticulous pre-production and demoing process, rehearsing in sectionals to help every moment blossom. Like a Stone, the result of that work, contains some of the smartest performances and arrangements in contemporary indie rock. While they’ve maintained the warmth and immediacy that made the quartet so beloved when they first connected to one another years ago, it’s hard to imagine songs this huge relegated solely to the basement.
7:30pm // £7 adv. // 18+