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SPORTS with Okey Dokey & Little Bird
Dream Pop / Indie / Lo-fi
Purpose is at the cornerstone of Sports’ resonance andimpressive second album Get A Good Look. Childhood friends Cale Chronister andChristian Theriot have come to realize that life can change at any second.Perspectives are reshaped, relationships rise or fall, and home is anywhere youwant it to be. For Sports, it's the intricacies of their lifelong friendship,the victories and shortcomings of growing up, and the lessons learned along theway that have influenced their worldview. Growing up on the outskirts of Tulsa,Oklahoma, life for Cale and Christian revolved around watching MTV and going tochurch. The pair first met in middle school and formed an instant connectionwith both seeking to break out of the conformity of their quaint small townupbringing. “We have been making and recording music under different namessince we were about 13,” they share. The genesis of Sports would come almost adecade later. On choosing the name Sports, Cale and Christian show reverence totheir parents. “They’re big sports fans. It’s like we’re fulfilling somechildhood dream of being in the NBA.”
Musically, Sports inspires images of the youthful idyll ofbygone times through dulcet melodies and sun-drenched funk synths. Theirelaborate, mind-expanding arrangements are warm and enveloping, creating aworld where David Bowie, The Beach Boys, and The Clash collide.
Sports first introduced themselves with their 2015 debutsingle “You Are The Right One,” a concentrated slow drip of funk. Their debutproject, Naked All The Time (2015) and its follow-up, People Can’t Stop Chillin(2016) delivered additional critically-praised singles including: “Panama,”“Whatever You Want,” and “Someone You’d Rather Be Dating.” The band returned in2018 with their first full-length album, Everyone’s Invited, a vibrant offeringthat received acclaim from Pitchfork, Pigeons & Planes, and plays on KCRW’sMorning Becomes Eclectic.
To date, Sports has garnered over 100 million streams, animpressive feat for a band who’s stayed true to their independent roots and DIYethos. After spending the last three years split between Los Angeles,California and Norman, Oklahoma, Cale and Christian find themselves back intheir hometown, but with fresh perspective gained from distance and time.
It’s this perspective that’s apparent in their upcomingstudio album Get A Good Look, which they first teased in 2020 with the single“Tell You Something.” The experimental and innovative track effortlessly blursthe lines between synth-pop, indie-funk, and psychedelic rock and marked thebeginning of an exciting new era for the band. Unlike their previous albums,Get A Good Look will be released in two parts. “We didn’t set out to releasethe album in 2 parts, but with the pandemic, we had to be creative,” Caleshares. “It gives us the chance to work on the music and the visuals at a more methodicalpace.”
Get A Good Look Pt. 1 featured the critically-praisedsingles “Baby, Baby,” “Never Know,” and “The Look.” The release charted in theTop-20 on both the NACC and Sub-modern radio charts and picked up endorsementsfrom Paper Magazine, KCRW, Lyrical Lemonade, DIY, NPR, Rolling Stone, BBC Radio1, and SiriusXM Alt Nation.
OKEY DOKEY / LITTLE BIRD