Bad Sports release ‘Bras’ on Dirtnap Records

By on August 28, 2013



Denton/Austin’s Bad Sports are back with their third album – and second on Dirtnap. Produced by the Marked Men’s Mark Ryan and Jeff Burke, Bras is a major departure from the ’77 pop/punk feel of 2011’s terrific Kings of the Weekend. This time the band brings a tougher, harder-edged sound and takes on a wider variety of musical styles. While still very much in the classic vein of Texan garage/punk, Bad Sports are also bringing to mind the heyday of New York City punk. With hints of Dead Boys snarl, Dictators thump, and even some artier Lou Reed/Television leanings, this record finds the trio refining its songwriting chops and rocking harder than ever. The album’s got a little bit of everything – from booming Cheap Trick style power pop to straight-up catchy garage punk to grimy proto-punk not far removed from Bad Sports member, Orville’s, other band OBN IIIs. Lots of bands pay lip service to the idea of duplicating the energy of their live shows on record. Bad Sports have gone out and done it! Turn it up!

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Praise for Bad Sports:

“Bad Sports are pleading for you to let them into your heart, and the hook alone makes a pretty good argument on their behalf.” – Pitchfork

“…the 12-track LP also wallows in ’50s swoon (“Free Spirit”), celebrates power-pop enthusiasm (“Terrible Place”), and surges with proto-punk grit (“Eddie Bender”). Elsewhere on the record, Bad Sports claim they “don’t wanna live a life back in time,” but Bras communicates the exact opposite – it’s a filthy, broken-down jukebox that doubles as a time machine.” – SPIN

“Its a tougher record all around, produced by Marked Men’s Mark Ryan and Jeff Burke, who bring something of the ’77 punk grit to the band’s usually bright sound. The sneer fits them nicely, and belaying the smirking pun that the record’s title evokes, Bras is the band’s step towards a harder knuckle punch of punk that shoots for Dead Boys territory but still has that exuberant snap of Cheap Trick in tow.” – Raven Sings the Blues

“If anyone deserves to carry the Jay Reatard torch, it’s this Texas group, who’ve gained remarkable stage presence as a trio since I last caught them about a year ago.” – Self Titled

“Denton’s Bad Sports walk a wobbly line between tightly wound, three-chord bursts of punky incitement and Who-indebted garage rock mini-epics.” – AV Club


Author: DaveHHM

Dave Luttrull: Owner/Editor in Chief of Hellhound Music. Star Wars nerd, Gamer, Destiny homer, blogger, writer and lover of all things music.