sport – bon voyage LP (1st press, black vinyl)
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How the fuck is this band not from Chicago? If you played me this record, and I didn’t know otherwise, I’d assume they were from here. Alas, they are not. Sport hails from Lyon, France. If you’re anything like me, they should be your new favorite band.
Sport was impressive from the start. Their debut LP, 2012′s Colors, showed the raw potential the band had. Bon Voyage is a great expansion on that foundation. Coming through is a great punk/emo sound that is melodic and driving. Their sound is right there with CSTVT and Grown Ups. It’s fantastic.
My favorite part of the record, aside from basically everything, is how the lyrics are simple without being trite. The songs are what they are. They don’t rely on any esoteric bullshit. It’s easy to connect. There’s a recurring theme of wanting to leave and go somewhere new (which is pretty on the nose for a record called Bon Voyage). All the songs are sung and played with such heart and conviction. It’s hard for me to imagine any genre fan not being absolutely excited by this record.
Sport is a four piece band from Lyon, France who formed in 2010. Sport play a great style of music influenced by 90’s emo, punk, and indie rock. Sport cites Souvenirs and Breath Of An Epoch as influences, which definitely shows up in the band’s sound. The great thing about Sport is that their sound mixes equal parts 90’s-early 2000’s emo played by bands such Mineral, Sunny Day Real Estate, Small Brown Bike, and The Jazz June with more current emo bands such as Signals Midwest and Crash Of Rhinos. Since their inception in 2010, Sport have released a five song demo cassette in 2011 and a thirteen song LP entitled Colors in July of 2012. Bon Voyage is the band’s latest eleven song LP, which was via Pike records on February 28th, 2014. Overall, this is an amazing album and Sport will definitely appeal to fans of bands on Topshelf and Run For Cover records. Seriously, I can’t begin to describe how good this album is. Highly recommended! Enjoy! I also included the rest of Sport’s recorded output for you to check out as well. Don’t sleep on this band.