7/10 Robin Staff review, 18 August 2016
It’s simple, really: Bad Sports throwback to the economically performed, half-political punk rock of yore with an EP that sometimes exists with a chip on its shoulder a la Dead Kennedys and also sometimes rises up with the emotive euphoria of Husker Du -- with other, more foreboding influences to work their way down the line after a couple of songs. Do you like this... kind of thing? I do, and it’s for that reason that this dressed down record briefly holds my heart.
I love the way Bad Sports lilt into certain melodies and inflections: “Living With Secrets” has a bit of an Undertones feel when it poses certain lyrics just at the end of a chord pattern, while “Done To Death” has a gnarlier, less loving sound and “Anymore” follows it straight down the punk nihilist wormhole with vocals that want to shout but just loudly assert over a sequence of distortion instead: “there is no use in turning back because nothing lasts anymore!”
If you want a bit of dedicated hopelessness, as directed by simple rhythm and the odd sneaker of a rawk solo (again, check that flailing riff on “Anymore”, this is your bag. RIYL letting your grumpy mood stagnate.
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