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Gulp!

Sports Team

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Sports Team burst onto the upper region of the U.K. album chart in 2020 with Deep Down Happy, a debut packed with hyper-catchy, (circa late-'70s) punk-styled indie rock anthems full of cheek and swagger. Two years later, the likewise hook-fueled follow-up, Gulp!, finds the lads more discouraged and anxious but no less irreverent. To that point, the album opens with a long squeal of feedback and galloping guitars and bass on "The Game," which sets the economic scene with "Runnin' home/Past the empty office space/In the half-filled business park..." before later stressing "That's the game/Life's hard but I can't complain." They delve into a darker, driving post-punk on "The Drop," a track whose deadpan baritone backing vocals counterbalance lead singer Alex Rice's ever-exasperated rasp. There, they lament society's tendency to work us 'til death ("So wash your hands of all these childish plans and let 'em die"). Elsewhere, "Unstuck" dips a toe into rockabilly for further working-class regrets ("So I was sleepin' when you got up/And you were sleepin' when I got in"), and they adopt a countrified power pop for the unabashedly fatalistic "Getting Better," which makes an anthem of "It's only getting better/'Til it starts off getting worse." Sports Team return to an angular punk, this time with a Middle Eastern flair, on "Kool Aid" ("I watch my future drying like it's paint"). While lyrically bleak, Gulp! delivers its pessimism with fist-pumping enthusiasm for the most part, at least until the meditative, Kinks-evoking closer "Light Industry" emphasizes life's repetition on the album's one true outlier, like a final wink and a nod.
© Marcy Donelson /TiVo

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1
The Game
00:02:50

Al Greenwood, Drums, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Burke Reid, Producer, Engineer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Caesar Edmunds, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Henry Young, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Randy Merrill, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Phil Parsons, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Oli Dewdney, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Sports Team, MainArtist - Ben Mack, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Alex Rice, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Robert Knaggs, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Rob Knaggs, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2022 Universal Music Operations Limited

2
Dig!
00:02:41

Al Greenwood, Drums, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Dave McCracken, Vocal Producer, AssociatedPerformer - Burke Reid, Producer, Engineer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Caesar Edmunds, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Henry Young, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Randy Merrill, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Phil Parsons, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Oli Dewdney, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Marcus Locock, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Sports Team, MainArtist - Ben Mack, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Alex Rice, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Robert Knaggs, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Rob Knaggs, ComposerLyricist - Oscar Nardo, Additional Vocals, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2022 Universal Music Operations Limited

3
The Drop
00:02:58

Al Greenwood, Drums, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Dave McCracken, Vocal Producer, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - ALAN MOULDER, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Burke Reid, Producer, Engineer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Henry Young, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Randy Merrill, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Oli Dewdney, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Marcus Locock, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Sports Team, MainArtist - Ben Mack, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Alex Rice, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Robert Knaggs, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Rob Knaggs, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2022 Universal Music Operations Limited

4
Cool It Kid
00:03:30

Al Greenwood, Drums, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Burke Reid, Producer, Engineer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Caesar Edmunds, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Henry Young, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Randy Merrill, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Phil Parsons, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Oli Dewdney, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Asha Lorenz, Additional Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Sports Team, MainArtist - Ben Mack, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Alex Rice, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Robert Knaggs, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Rob Knaggs, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2022 Universal Music Operations Limited

5
Unstuck
00:03:45

Al Greenwood, Drums, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Dave McCracken, ComposerLyricist - ALAN MOULDER, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Burke Reid, Producer, Engineer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Henry Young, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Randy Merrill, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Oli Dewdney, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Marcus Locock, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Sports Team, MainArtist - Ben Mack, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Alex Rice, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Robert Knaggs, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Rob Knaggs, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2022 Universal Music Operations Limited

6
R Entertainment Explicit
00:03:08

Al Greenwood, Drums, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Dave McCracken, Vocal Producer, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - ALAN MOULDER, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Burke Reid, Producer, Recording Engineer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Henry Young, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Randy Merrill, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Oli Dewdney, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Marcus Locock, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Sports Team, MainArtist - Ben Mack, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Alex Rice, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Robert Knaggs, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Oliver Dewdney, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2022 Universal Music Operations Limited

7
Kool Aid
00:03:03

Al Greenwood, Drums, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Burke Reid, Producer, Engineer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Caesar Edmunds, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Henry Young, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Randy Merrill, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Phil Parsons, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Oli Dewdney, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Marcus Locock, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Sports Team, MainArtist - Ben Mack, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Alex Rice, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Robert Knaggs, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Rob Knaggs, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2022 Universal Music Operations Limited

8
Getting Better
00:04:13

Al Greenwood, Drums, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Dave McCracken, ComposerLyricist - ALAN MOULDER, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Burke Reid, Producer, Engineer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Henry Young, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Randy Merrill, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Oli Dewdney, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Marcus Locock, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Sports Team, MainArtist - Ben Mack, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Alex Rice, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Robert Knaggs, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Rob Knaggs, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2022 Universal Music Operations Limited

9
Fingers (Taken Off)
00:02:55

Al Greenwood, Drums, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Burke Reid, Producer, Engineer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Caesar Edmunds, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Henry Young, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Randy Merrill, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Phil Parsons, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Oli Dewdney, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Sports Team, MainArtist - Ben Mack, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Alex Rice, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Robert Knaggs, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Rob Knaggs, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2022 Universal Music Operations Limited

10
Light Industry Explicit
00:04:35

Al Greenwood, Drums, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Burke Reid, Producer, Engineer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Caesar Edmunds, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Henry Young, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Randy Merrill, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Phil Parsons, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Oli Dewdney, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Sports Team, MainArtist - Ben Mack, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Alex Rice, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Robert Knaggs, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Rob Knaggs, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2022 Universal Music Operations Limited

Album Description

Sports Team burst onto the upper region of the U.K. album chart in 2020 with Deep Down Happy, a debut packed with hyper-catchy, (circa late-'70s) punk-styled indie rock anthems full of cheek and swagger. Two years later, the likewise hook-fueled follow-up, Gulp!, finds the lads more discouraged and anxious but no less irreverent. To that point, the album opens with a long squeal of feedback and galloping guitars and bass on "The Game," which sets the economic scene with "Runnin' home/Past the empty office space/In the half-filled business park..." before later stressing "That's the game/Life's hard but I can't complain." They delve into a darker, driving post-punk on "The Drop," a track whose deadpan baritone backing vocals counterbalance lead singer Alex Rice's ever-exasperated rasp. There, they lament society's tendency to work us 'til death ("So wash your hands of all these childish plans and let 'em die"). Elsewhere, "Unstuck" dips a toe into rockabilly for further working-class regrets ("So I was sleepin' when you got up/And you were sleepin' when I got in"), and they adopt a countrified power pop for the unabashedly fatalistic "Getting Better," which makes an anthem of "It's only getting better/'Til it starts off getting worse." Sports Team return to an angular punk, this time with a Middle Eastern flair, on "Kool Aid" ("I watch my future drying like it's paint"). While lyrically bleak, Gulp! delivers its pessimism with fist-pumping enthusiasm for the most part, at least until the meditative, Kinks-evoking closer "Light Industry" emphasizes life's repetition on the album's one true outlier, like a final wink and a nod.
© Marcy Donelson /TiVo

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