Remember Sports

Basement rock band, Remember Sports has reunited in Philadelphia, after completing college in the place where it all started for them — Gambier, Ohio. Forming in 2012, the band’s first official recordings began as a collection of demo songs recorded for Kenyon College radio station, WKCO. The demos were late redone to become their first official album, Sunchokes which was released in the spring of 2014.

After a period of touring beyond the Buckeye State, Remember Sports went on to release their second album, All of Something in the fall of 2015 on Father/Daughter Records. The release was recorded in Philadelphia alongside noted DIY producer and musician Kyle Gilbride (Waxahatchee, Girlpool, Swearin’), and featured a fuller sound for the band. The album received critical acclaim, with Rolling Stone calling it “full of sharp, sweet insight and heart-tugging hooks.”

Nearly two years since the release of All of Something and Remember Sports is making their return with a 7” split alongside Father/Daughter label mates, PLUSH, out on Oct. 20. The split features members Carmen Perry (vocals and guitar), Jack Washburn (guitar and vocals), Catherine Dwyer (bass) and Benji Dossetter (drums). Singles, “Making It Right” and “Calling Out” are punched up, energetic moments of sincerity, with Remember Sports taking the innermost emotions that others are keen to keep rolling about in their heads and hearts and putting them to song. Fuzzy, earnest and declarative, these singles are the perfect way to hold fans over as Remember Sports continues work on future new material.

NADINE is an uncovering. A space that opens, suddenly, and the process that catches you. Kids biking down a suburban street in late afternoon. An ultra pink vest that infuses the wearer with a great and necessary confidence. A state of mind. Through a period of uncertainty and limbo, NADINE searches for steadier footing, walks on intuition, led by feeling. NADINE fills space with a tremendous warmth and softness, each song creating its own expansive dream-world awash in memories and secret keys to a puzzle so ungraspable it takes up a whole life.

NADINE is a collaborative project between Nadia Hulett (Phantom Posse), Carlos Hernandez, and Julian Fader (both of Ava Luna), recorded over two years in Gravesend Studios in Brooklyn, NY and Dripping Springs in Austin, TX. Polyphonic melodies swing and gambol, instrumental layers take generous flourishes and unexpected turns with an ear to the wondrous and occasionally weird, crafting jazz-tinged lounge-pop all held together by Hulett’s characteristic vocals, strong with a sincerity and gentleness that holds the listener. Let go of old ideas. Listen for tricks of the light. What does it feel like? oh my.

Retirement Party

“As the ship begins to sink in James Cameron’s Titanic, the band comes out to play for its doomed passengers. This somber musical moment kicks off the film’s 48th scene. It’s an interesting thing to title a gymnastic power pop song after, especially when the energy fueling “Scene 48” is more buoyant and vibrant than that fated shipwreck. That’s just how Chicago’s Retirement Party floats its boat, though: melding together the anxious tendencies of growing older with a caffeinated, youthful songwriting approach.

Retirement Party’s debut LP, Somewhat Literate, concerns vocalist/guitarist Avery Springer’s mental health struggles and reluctant transition into adult city living. All signs point to “Jericho” on this quest for personal growth, where a heavy kick drum punctuates a routine dismantled by lost sleep and motivation. “Passion Fruit Tea” finds Springer the author of her own story, with her friends serving as foils in her heroine’s journey to be a full-time musician, with clarity and stability in tow. These revelations pop through in stunning Technicolor. Voracious guitar tones courtesy of Nick Cartwright and James Ringness’ thorny percussion heightens Springer’s headspace to new emotional heights. Retirement Party scores a desire to be better for not just each other, but a wider listening public. As a suburban, hypersensitive answer to an internal monologue, this Midwestern trio has crafted something far more robust and cohesive that they believe. This might just be the tip of the iceberg.



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