Make sure your neighbours love this track too…
Elli Chappelhow
11:23 12th September 2019

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There’s no stopping Sports Team. This summer alone, they’ve taken a bus load of bands and fans to the seaside, released a breakneck live favourite ‘Here It Comes Again’, started the process of recording their debut album, and played many a festival, leaving behind stages strewn with foliage and audiences gasping for breath. Alongside announcing details of their biggest UK tour to date, finishing with a victory lap at Kentish Town Forum, the band are today dropping a new single. 

‘Fishing’ is an intensely addictive anthem that perfectly captures the frenetic energy and bravado of their live sets, and its colossal chorus won’t just fill the Forum, it will set it alight. Frontman Alex Rice’s inimitable vocal comes to the forefront of this hurtling indie earworm; it’s a track that ignites that giddy feeling of finding a band who are just pure fun to listen to.

What’s more, only a band with serious personality and lyrical flair can turn the likes of a fishing trip on the Thames, or the country’s M-roads, into such indie bangers; there’s an engagingly playful aura about Sports Team, but they’re not messing around. The six-piece are confidently striding - well, swaggering - towards being the best thing to have happened to the UK’s current guitar scene. 

After Rice threatened to bring 20 ‘maritime approved’ naval flares onstage at Reading Festival, it’s no secret that Sports Team’s sets are meant to be more than just a performance. He states, “The songs are written to be a spectacle live. That’s where you’ve got to hear them, front row, with most of the parts played wrong. No one’s doing it better.”

Now that Rice has a bigger stage for his infamous theatrics and double-jointed cavorting, the band are faced with the task of filling a bigger room - although they’ve made good on their lofty promises in the past. Given the sense of community that Sports Team are determined to cultivate, these tickets will sell like hot cakes, so grab ‘em while you can, and make sure you remember to turn on your ‘Out Of Office’…

Tickets go on sale tomorrow (13 September) at 9am, see the full list of dates below:

Ahead of this winter’s headline run, the band can also be found supporting Pale Waves, before playing their first arena shows as main support for Two Door Cinema Club.

14 - Berlin, Maze
20 - Paris, Bastille Sounds
21 - Hamburg, Reeperbahn Festival
23 - Glasgow, Barrowlands (w/ Pale Waves)
24 - Birmingham, O2 Academy (w/ Pale Waves)
26 - London, O2 Kentish Town Forum (w/ Pale Waves)
27 - Manchester, O2 Academy (w/ Pale Waves)

03 - Cardiff, Motorpoint Arena (w/ Two Door Cinema Club)
04 - Glasgow, O2 Academy (w/ Two Door Cinema Club)
05 - Glasgow, O2 Academy (w/ Two Door Cinema Club)
07 - Manchester, O2 Victoria Warehouse (w/ Two Door Cinema Club)
08 - Manchester, O2 Victoria Warehouse (w/ Two Door Cinema Club)
10 - Hull, Bonus Arena (w/ Two Door Cinema Club)
11 - London, O2 Arena (w/ Two Door Cinema Club)
12 - Manchester, Neighbourhood Festival
13 - Plymouth, Pavilions (w/ Two Door Cinema Club)
14 - Dublin, Olympia Theatre (w/ Two Door Cinema Club)
15 - Dublin, Olympia Theatre (w/ Two Door Cinema Club)
16 - Belfast, The Telegraph Building (w/ Two Door Cinema Club)
19 - Philadelphia, Boot and Saddle
20 - Boston, Great Scott
22 - New York, Baby’s All Right
24 - Washington, DC9
27 - San Francisco, Cafe Du Nord
29 - Los Angeles, Moroccan Lounge
31 - Chicago, Cobra Lounge

01 - Minneapolis, Icehouse
17 - Bristol, Thekla
18 - Norwich, Norwich Arts Centre
20 - Southampton, The Loft
21 - Birmingham, O2 Academy
22 - Tunbridge Wells, The Forum
24 - Nottingham, Rescue Rooms
25 - Newcastle, Riverside
27 - Glasgow, King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut
28 - Leeds, The Wardrobe
29 - Liverpool, Arts Club
30 - Oxford, Merton College

04 - Cambridge, The Portland Arms
05 - London, O2 Kentish Town Forum

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Photo: Lauren Maccabee