Purpose is at the cornerstone of Sports’ resonance and impressive second album Get A GoodLook. Childhood friends Cale Chronister and Christian Theriot have come to realize that lifecan change at any second. Perspectives are reshaped, relationships rise or fall, and home isanywhere you want it to be. For Sports, it's the intricacies of their lifelong friendship, thevictories and shortcomings of growing up, and the lessons learned along the way that haveinfluenced their worldview. Growing up on the outskirts of Tulsa, Oklahoma, life for Cale andChristian revolved around watching MTV and going to church. The pair first met in middleschool and formed an instant connection with both seeking to break out of the conformity oftheir quaint small town upbringing. “We have been making and recording music underdifferent names since we were about 13,” they share. The genesis of Sports would comealmost a decade later. On choosing the name Sports, Cale and Christian show reverence totheir parents. “They’re big sports fans. It’s like we’re fulfilling some childhood dream ofbeing in the NBA.”
Musically, Sports inspires images of the youthful idyll of bygone times through dulcet melodiesand sun-drenched funk synths. Their elaborate, mind-expanding arrangements are warm andenveloping, creating a world where David Bowie, The Beach Boys, and The Clash collide.
Sports first introduced themselves with their 2015 debut single “You Are The Right One,” aconcentrated slow drip of funk. Their debut project, Naked All The Time (2015) and itsfollow-up, People Can’t Stop Chillin (2016) delivered additional critically-praised singlesincluding: “Panama,” “Whatever You Want,” and “Someone You’d Rather Be Dating.” Theband returned in 2018 with their first full-length album, Everyone’s Invited, a vibrant offeringthat received acclaim from Pitchfork, Pigeons & Planes, and plays on KCRW’s MorningBecomes Eclectic.
To date, Sports has garnered over 100 million streams, an impressive feat for a band who’sstayed true to their independent roots and DIY ethos. After spending the last three years splitbetween Los Angeles, California and Norman, Oklahoma, Cale and Christian find themselvesback in their hometown, but with fresh perspective gained from distance and time.
It’s this perspective that’s apparent in their upcoming studio album Get A Good Look, whichthey first teased in 2020 with the single “Tell You Something.” The experimental and
innovative track effortlessly blurs the lines between synth-pop, indie-funk, and psychedelicrock and marked the beginning of an exciting new era for the band. Unlike their previousalbums, Get A Good Look will be released in two parts. “We didn’t set out to release thealbum in 2 parts, but with the pandemic, we had to be creative,” Cale shares. “It gives us thechance to work on the music and the visuals at a more methodical pace.”
Get A Good Look Pt. 1 featured the critically-praised singles “Baby, Baby,” “Never Know,”and “The Look.” The release charted in the Top-20 on both the NACC and Sub-modern radiocharts and picked up endorsements from Paper Magazine, KCRW, Lyrical Lemonade, DIY, NPR,Rolling Stone, BBC Radio 1, and SiriusXM Alt Nation.
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