by Walter Price
The ripples of 1970’s New York still reverberate and San Francisco’s Sporting Life (Aaron Hazen-Keith Brasel-Andrew Gomez-Ryan McGee-Clayton Vorheis) use many elements born in those early raw sounds and twist the ingredients into a lo-fi concoction of delicious new garage rock. Their dual single release “Dull & Safe /Forces at Play” from the forthcoming Breakup Records full length Rivalry travels those historic sounds with good doses of Jesus & Mary Chain and Echo & The Bunnymen era dark corners. Which is cool since those are names I grew up with. On that note, the genius is the band’s ability to transform what you thought you already knew into new thought provoking directions. Directions that find the listener digging deep into the layers to discover more.
Another fascinating thing is the Frank Door (Taxes / The Tropics (Heartwatch)) directed double feature video for both tracks. This is using your video budget ultra-wisely and the clip (or is it clips) rock trippy and a splash of surreal. Perfection! As these two songs are the first I’ve heard from this band I have eager anticipation for whats to come.
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