Sports Team review – bright buzz band continue indie revival

Scala, London
The impressive six-piece bring middle England’s romance and ennui to life, and are a reminder of why guitar bands work

With an EDM drop tacked on to every chart hit and small-town venues shuttered up, until recently, the guitar band seemed primed for extinction. However, the rise of acts such as Shame, Idles and Goat Girl has bucked the trend, with Sports Team the latest act to join the indie revival. A six-piece who met while studying at Cambridge, they’ve gained buzz band status in 2018 via wry, ironic lyrics about Ashton Kutcher and the alternating romance and ennui of middle England. And, despite only having one EP to their name, tonight they perform a rite of passage for new London bands: a Scala headline show.

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