Growing up in Ohio during my pre-pubescent years, my idea of love was derived from the nascent videos on MTV and literature. Emboldened by the metal music played by my older neighbor, my rural angst was sated by words and themes that ran counter to my semi-righteous Sunday upbringing. Somewhere along the way my innocence was lost before it was ever found.
Some 30 years later, the Kenyon College-formed quintet SPORTS has transported me back to claim a moment with “Saturday,” the chiding lead single from the band’s forthcoming sophomore LP, All of Something.
Completing the circle, SPORTS recorded All of Something here in Philadelphia with producer Kyle Gilbride (Waxahatchee, Girlpool, Swearin’). Melodic and breakneck, the 73 seconds of bubblegum punk that is “Saturday” recasts vocalist Carmen Perry as hellcat Patty to my Rusty-James in those ’80s escapist Rumble Fish dreams.
With 80 percent of the band now calling themselves graduates and divergent plans, paths and projects waiting ahead, All of Something may well be SPORTS’ swan song. Join them during their final bow by streaming “Saturday” below and pre-ordering the 30 October release of All of Something on vinyl via Father/Daughter Records.