Reviews Bad Sports Bras

Bad Sports


Bad Sports want you to turn it up. They play loud rock, rooted in the elements, but not tied to rollicking times or anti-authority volume, but taking that foundation and blending it with a fundamental structure that pulls from The Ramones and draws melodic ideas from the genres forefathers in the 1960s. It’s got that Ramones-y repetition/simplicity (“Let Me In”), the lovelorn melody of the 1960s (“Free Spirit”), and some turn-it-up r’n’r (“Eddie Bender”).

With all that influence, it begs the question if it’s original or derivative, and fortunately for Bad Sports, it ain’t. A great case in point comes with “Terrible Place,” which pulls all the elements references above into a single song while the refrain “I’m in a terrible place/I’m in hell” gives its own tone of frustration with an underlying acceptance. They aren’t exactly optimists, with titles like “Nothing in this World” and “Terrible Place.” They tend to take a direct idea and restate it throughout a song, turning clever phrases and exploring the idea within a pop context: catchy, but not finding any resolution in the process. Instead it’s relatable, just familiar enough to stick and then, bam, onto the next idea. A favorite line comes in “Rich Kid City”: “I’m a hungry man in a fat man’s city.”

Compared with their debut, Kings of the Weekend, the Ramones influence has subsided and the songwriting’s expanded. The highlights of the last one came largely in bouncy rhythm and memorable choruses while Bras brings things a little deeper. The song structures have a little more fullness and instead of picking up for a singalong in the middle, they grab at the start of the song and bring through a range of emotions over the course of the 2-3 minute songs. They never blast with speed and they temper the aggressive moments, instead letting that rise-and-fall action tell the story and allowing the art to pull the listener in at his/her own interpretation. All, of course, with some pretty blunt choruses that are still reminiscent of those New York gods whose name has already appeared in this review too many times (though there are other 1970s New Yorkers influencing this as well). The guitar heavy stuff here is still the most interesting, with “Nothing in This World” standing out among the pack. With their second album Bad Sports have stepped it up a notch as a band to watch. There are still a few swing and miss songs that don’t really capitalize on their energy, such as “Race to the Bottom” or “Free Spirit” but, as a whole, it’s a solid record that’s elevated the group.

7.4 / 10Loren
See also

KFAI - Roar of the Underground
Leave a comment



7.4 / 10

7.4 / 10

Share this content
Related features

One Question Interviews Bad Sports

Posted Jan. 8, 2014, 9:37 p.m.

Daniel (Bad Sports) SPB: Who is the best band in Denton right now? Daniel: The answer is obvious, Bad Sports. In fact, if you asked ...

KFAI - Root Of All Evil
More by Bad Sports

Bad Sports

Constant Stimulation

7.5 / 10 Bad Sports - Constant Stimulation album cover

With Bad Sports, the songs are often about the hooks. The band utilizes traditional rock structures with song titles embedded in the chorus and predictable progressions. It’s largely about where ...

Bad Sports

Living with Secrets

7.8 / 10 Bad Sports - Living with Secrets album cover

Bad Sports are coming into their own. They’ve always been a solid Denton, TX hyphen-rock band but on their new EP, Dirtnap’s Living With Secrets, the nuances are starting to ...

Bad Sports

Kings Of The Weekend

7.2 / 10 Bad Sports - Kings Of The Weekend album cover

Bad Sports made a smart sequencing decision by opening Kings of the Weekend with “Off Switch.” The punk burner has a lot of garage noise and it rips past in ...

Related news

Shows Dirtnap Records' 20th anniversary fest

Posted Feb. 1, 2020, 10:39 a.m.

Dirtnap Records, which started in January 2000, will celebrate 20 years of longevity this June 12-13 with a 2-day festival in Madison, WI. Having approximately 170 releases so far, the ...

Tours Bad Sports tour announcement

Posted March 10, 2019, 2:09 p.m.

Srtipped-down Texas punk band Bad Sports wil be touring the US and Canada, starting at the end of this month, playing shows with The Whiffs and more. The band released ...

Records Bad Sports to release new LP

Posted Sept. 8, 2018, 10:32 a.m.

Texas trio Bad Sports are back with the upcoming Constant Stimulation, their fourth LP overall, to release on Oct. 29 on Dirtnap Records. The new album is described as taking ...



Looking for the SPB logo? You can download it in a range of styles and colours here:

Click anywhere outside this dialog to close it, or press escape.