Saturday, 22 February 2020

Here's the thing.....SPORTS TEAM announce debut album 'Deep Down Happy' & share brand new single 'Here....




In a way it seems fitting that we’re trying to release our debut in the midst of a once in a generation global pandemic.

We’ve tried as hard as we can to keep everything on track. But on a lot of sound advice, and to take pressure off all the people helping us deliver the album — we’ve taken the call to reschedule the record to June 19, and live shows, until June. Playing for you lot means everything to us, and we’ll be back doing it as soon as we safely can. All tickets and pre-orders will remain valid.

Keep buying music by the artists you love; it means the world. We’re seeing out the foreseeable in a studio in the West Country, getting onto new music. If you want to write to us, we’ll try and reply to every letter we get.

Address here:

Anyway, it’s going to be hard for a bit, for music, and for everyone. Support your local scene, and look out for each other, we know you will.
All the love in the world from your friends Sports Team.
Here’s the thing…Sports Team are a band of six singular characters who have been variously described as one of the most raucous, electrifying and chaotic acts in the UK. Today the band announce their debut album Deep Down Happy. The highly anticipated record, out on 3rd April, follows the acclaimed EPs, Winter Nets and Keep Walking!, and is their first release on the legendary Island Records label.
Sports Team came up on the back of word of mouth live hype, drawing round the block queues to chaotic early gigs at The Five Bells and Moth Club before releasing any music. Recording their first EP (Winter Nets) in a converted Timberyard in Hammersmith, the band have consistently set themselves apart from the acts they came up playing with, showing an intoxicating ambition, and their debut album Deep Down Happy, looks set to deliver on all bold claims, and confirm their place at the head of a group of young guitar acts.

Talking about the record charismatic frontman Alex Rice says: “I don’t think we were conscious of doing it but the album maps the journey of moving in together in Harlesden, moving back to home towns to sleep on floors for 18 months, then coming back to London, weighing up whether being in a band with your mates, being young in London is still the best thing in the world. I think it probably is.”

It's a week of highs and hangovers for the now Camberwell-based 6-piece, releasing their new single ‘Here’s The Thing’ following an Annie Mac Hottest Record. In the official video Alex had to master the physical demands and complex moves of a cheerleader and trained with Mana Cheerleading squad – the best in the UK. ‘Here’s The Thing’ is the first Sports Team track to also feature guitarist and principal songwriter Rob Knaggs on vocals, with the two friends and protagonists forming an unruly, and utterly charming pairing.

It’s been an extraordinary year for Sports Team, who have built a large, fiercely loyal and fervent fanbase around their electric live shows and a string of incendiary releases. Selling out Electric Ballroom, to doing the same doing the same at Kentish Town Forum in December before even releasing an album. Latest single ‘The Races’ achieved A-list at BBC 6 Music, B List at Radio 1.

They’ve been defined though by an increasingly cultish fanbase spawned from online community pages, making 1000s of memes, pieces of artwork and crucially turning up wherever Sports Team play - from the bands annual Margate trip (where many of the songs were written) to the living room of the group’s shared house, first in Harlesden, now Camberwell.

Sessions for Deep Down Happy have been snuck in between huge tours at various London studios, including Konk and Livingston, with long-time collaborator Burke Reid (Courtney Barnett, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever) once again at the production desk. Having first worked together on the anthemic ‘Kutcher’ in 2018, the debut features Reid-produced singles ‘Here It Comes Again’, ‘The Races’ and ‘Fishing’ while also featuring a re-recording of early single and live favourite ‘Camel Crew’ - until now, only available on 2018’s Winter Nets.
Here's the thing.....SPORTS TEAM announce debut album 'Deep Down Happy' & share brand new single 'Here....
Track listing
1. Lander
2. Here It Comes Again
3. Going Soft
4. Camel Crew
5. Long Hot Summer
6. Feels Like Fun
7. Here’s The Thing
8. The Races
9. Born Sugar
10. Fishing
11. Kutcher
12. Stations Of The Cross
Worldwide live dates:
Mar 6th | London, UK @ 6music Festival
Mar 7th | Zurich, CH @ Radar Festival
Apr 17th | Dallas, TX @ Granada Theater
Apr 18th | Austin, TX @ Stubb’s Waller Creek
Apr 20th | Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
Apr 21st | Tulsa, OK @ Cain’s Ballroom
Apr 22nd | St. Louis, MO @ Delmar Hall
Apr 23rd | Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
Apr 24th | Winnipeg, MB @ The Garrick
Apr 26th | Edmonton, AB @ Midway
Apr 27th | Calgary, AB @ The Palace
Apr 29th | Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
Apr 30th | Seattle, WA @ The Showbox
May 1st | Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom
May 2nd | Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades
May 4th | San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
May 6th | Los Angeles, CA @ The Fonda Theatre
May 7th | San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
May 9th | Mexico City, MX @ El Plaza Condesa
May 15th | London, UK @ Clapham Common
May 21st | Hellendoorn, NL @ Dauwpop
May 22nd | BG Den Haag, NL @ Sniester Festival
May 23rd | Derby, UK @ Bearded Theory’s Spring Gathering Festival
May 24th | Warrington, UK @ Neighbourhood Weekender
Jun 5th | Hulst, NL @ VestRock
Jun 11th | Bergen, NO @ Bergenfest
Jun 12th | Oslo, NO @ Piknik Parken
Jun 28th | Halifax, UK @ Piece Hall
Jul 3rd | Barcelona, ES @ Vida Festival
Jul 8th | Madrid, ES @ Mad Cool Festival
Jul 10th | Glasgow, UK @ TRNSMT Festival
Jul 15th | Utrecht, NL @ Ekko
Jul 16th | Utrecht, NL @ Ekko
Jul 17th | Leeuwarden, NL @ Welcome to the Village Festival
Jul 18th | De Schabs, Lichtenvoorde, NL @ Zwarte Cross Festival
Jul 19th | Nijmegen, NL @ Valkhof Festival
Aug 1st | Oxfordshire, UK @ Truck Festival
Aug 7th | Newquay, UK @ Boardmasters Festival


"The impressive six-piece bring middle England’s romance and ennui to life, and are a reminder of why guitar bands work" - The Guardian
“Brilliant live, fantastic on record and with a personality big enough to dominate any space. Wembley awaits.” – Dork
“Whispers of Sports Team’s performances and the absolute imperative to see the band in the flesh have spread like wildfire” – Noisey

Monday, 10 February 2020


Legendary GRAMMY® Award winning, multi-platinum selling Island Records artist Sean Paul has returned with a sure-fire smash for 2020. Having collaborated with some of the worlds' biggest stars including Sia, Dua Lipa, Beyonce, Nicki Minaj, Kelly Rowland, Migos, David Guetta, J Balvin, and DJ Snake, Sean Paul joins GRAMMY® Award nominated, global chart-topping Tove Lo for his latest undeniable smash, 'Calling On Me' Ft. Tove Lo, out worldwide today.

"Calling On Me' is a dope song reflecting the real side of love." Sean Paul reveals. "If you love someone, the energy doesn't ever change. They are able to call on you at all times. I'm proud to have such an amazing vocalist like Tove Lo be on the track with me.".

With close to 2 BILLION combined global streams and 23 MILLION monthly Spotify listeners, Sean Paul remains without a doubt, one of the most beloved and instantly recognizable voices in music. Responsible for global hits such as "Body" featuring Migos, "No Lie" featuring Dua Lipa, Clean Bandit's "Rockabye," and the Billboard Number 1 "Cheap Thrills with Sia," the Jamaican dancehall artist, singer and record producer is showing no signs of slowing down as he kicks off the new decade with an undisputable hit featuring one of the most respected and critically acclaimed pop artists around.
 'Calling On Me' Ft. Tove Lo is out everywhere now.

Monday, 3 February 2020

NOISY release their debut EP 'Press Space To Play' & announce first London headline 11 March

Late last year, Noisy released their first ever singles ‘So What,’ and ‘Do It Like That’, which introduced a plucky, high octane British band who take the spin-the-bottle sensibility of the playlist generation, and make explosive, no boundary music. Today the trio from Worthing break dry Jan and release their debut EP ‘Press Space To Play’, featuring new single ‘Bring The Drums Back,’ an ode to homegrown dance styles in the UK. Noisy also announce their first headline show at Camden Assembly on 11 March, before an extensive run of live dates including Annie Mac Presents, Live at Leeds, The Great Escape & Neighbourhood festival.

“Everyone at some point in their lives has gone out on a Friday and made a mistake…

Got way too drunk and started on your mate, pulled a roll through and gone to work on no sleep, sent a text that you’ll definitely regret in the morning... Bring The Drums Back is about doing all these things. It’s about our generation. Making mistakes and thinking fuck it, it was fun and I’ll probably do it all again next weekend,” Says Noisy.

Comprised of singer/rapper Cody, guitarist Connor and producer Spencer, the band is the culmination of several years of hanging out at skateparks. They’ve been Noisy for the past year and a half, an 18-month period that’s seen them build a makeshift studio in Spencer’s house and put it to good use: coming up with a name, and then a suitably clamorous sound to follow. To Noisy’s quote, the band are for all the Friday guys, for all 20-somethings smashing it on a weekend, spending five days aching, and then getting out and doing it again. An antidote to all the other shit going on in the world.

Mar 7th Old Blue Last, London (Annie Mac Presents)
Mar 11th Camden Assembly, London HEADLINE SHOW
Apr 11th Stockton Calling, Stockton on Tees
May 2nd Sound City, Liverpool
May 2nd Live At Leeds, Leeds
May 3rd Hit The North, Newcastle
May 10th Road To The Great Escape, Glasgow
May 11th Road To The Great Escape, Dublin
May 14th - 16th The Great Escape, Brighton
May 23rd Neighbourhood Weekender, Warrington
Aug 15th 110 Above Festival, Leicestershire
NOISY release their debut EP 'Press Space To Play'