Sports Team 'Deep Down Happy' Album Launch at Leadmill
*** NEW DATE - TBC - Obviously with everything currently going on this now won’t be happening in June. We’re working to get a new date asap, aiming for around September. All pre-orders and ticket bundles will remain valid for the rescheduled show ***
We are proud to present Sports Team playing an intimate live show at The Leadmill, Sheffield on it's Steel Stage to launch their new album, Deep Down Happy.
Album bundles with tickets are available to pre-order now.
All albums and tickets must be collected from the Bear Tree shop prior to the event, there will be no e-tickets, physical tickets only which must be collected from us. We will not be shipping these out. We will mailout when tickest are available to collect.
Shop address for ticket collection:
BEAR TREE RECORDS, THE FORUM, 127 DEVONSHIRE ST, SHEFFIELD, S3 7SB
The Leadmill is a 14+ venue. It is recommended under 18s are accompanied by an adult. Bringing photo ID is recommended.
The Leadmill, 6 Leadmill Road, Sheffield S1 4SE
All sales are final - we cannot cancel orders.
Here’s the thing…Sports Team are a band of six singular characters who have been variously described as one of the most raucous, electrifying and chaotic acts in the UK. The band announce their debut album Deep Down Happy. The highly anticipated record, out on 3rd April, follows the acclaimed EPs, Winter Nets and Keep Walking!, and is their first release on the legendary Island Records label.
Sports Team came up on the back of word of mouth live hype, drawing round the block queues to chaotic early gigs at The Five Bells and Moth Club before releasing any music. Recording their first EP (Winter Nets) in a converted Timberyard in Hammersmith, the band have consistently set themselves apart from the acts they came up playing with, showing an intoxicating ambition, and their debut album Deep Down Happy, looks set to deliver on all bold claims, and confirm their place at the head of a group of young guitar acts.
Talking about the record charismatic frontman Alex Rice says: “I don’t think we were conscious of doing it but the album maps the journey of moving in together in Harlesden, moving back to home towns to sleep on floors for 18 months, then coming back to London, weighing up whether being in a band with your mates, being young in London is still the best thing in the world. I think it probably is.”
It's a week of highs and hangovers for the now Camberwell-based 6-piece, releasing their new single ‘Here’s The Thing’ following an Annie Mac Hottest Record. In the official video Alex had to master the physical demands and complex moves of a cheerleader and trained with Mana Cheerleading squad – the best in the UK. ‘Here’s The Thing’ is the first Sports Team track to also feature guitarist and principal songwriter Rob Knaggs on vocals, with the two friends and protagonists forming an unruly, and utterly charming pairing.
It’s been an extraordinary year for Sports Team, who have built a large, fiercely loyal and fervent fanbase around their electric live shows and a string of incendiary releases. Selling out Electric Ballroom, to doing the same doing the same at Kentish Town Forum in December before even releasing an album. Latest single ‘The Races’ achieved A-list at BBC 6 Music, B List at Radio 1. They’ve been defined though by an increasingly cultish fanbase spawned from online community pages, making 1000s of memes, pieces of artwork and crucially turning up wherever Sports Team play - from the bands annual Margate trip (where many of the songs were written) to the living room of the group’s shared house, first in Harlesden, now Camberwell.
Sessions for Deep Down Happy have been snuck in between huge tours at various London studios, including Konk and Livingston, with long-time collaborator Burke Reid (Courtney Barnett, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever) once again at the production desk. Having first worked together on the anthemic ‘Kutcher’ in 2018, the debut features Reid-produced singles ‘Here It Comes Again’, ‘The Races’ and ‘Fishing’ while also featuring a re-recording of early single and live favourite ‘Camel Crew’ - until now, only available on 2018’s Winter Nets.