In a way it seems fitting that we’re trying to release our debut in the midst of a once in a generation global pandemic.

We’ve tried as hard as we can to keep everything on track. But on a lot of sound advice, and to take pressure off all the people helping us deliver the album — we’ve taken the call to reschedule the record to June 19, and live shows, until June. Playing for you lot means everything to us, and we’ll be back doing it as soon as we safely can. All tickets and pre-orders will remain valid.

Keep buying music by the artists you love; it means the world. We’re seeing out the foreseeable in a studio in the West Country, getting onto new music. If you want to write to us, we’ll try and reply to every letter we get.

Address here:

PROPAGATION HOUSE, EAST LODGE, NORTH TAMERTON, EX226SE

Anyway, it’s going to be hard for a bit, for music, and for everyone. Support your local scene, and look out for each other, we know you will.

All the love in the world from your friends Sports Team.

Sports Team’s debut album Deep Down Happy, 12 scabrous vignettes about the trials and tribulations, the hopes and the dreams, of young Brits, will now be released on 19 June 2020 on Island Records. This week new single Here’s The Thingenters the BBC Radio 1 playlist, and was picked as Greg James’ Track Of The Week, following an Annie Mac Hottest Record and BBC 6 Music playlist. In the official video frontman Alex Rice had to master the dizzying heights of cheerleading and trained with Mana Cheerleading squad – the best in the UK. The track is the first that also features guitarist and songwriter Rob Knaggs on vocals, as the duo come into their own as an unruly, but charming pairing.

Watch video for ‘Here’s The Thing’: http://sportsteam.lnk.to/HeresTheThingPR/youtube

Sports Team are a band of six singular characters who have been described as one of the most raucous, electrifying and chaotic acts in the UK. It’s been an extraordinary year for the band, who have built a large, fiercely loyal and fervent fanbase. Coming up on the back of word of mouth live hype, drawing round the block queues to chaotic early gigs at The Five Bells and Moth Club before releasing any music, Sports Team have consistently set themselves apart with their intoxicating ambition.

A now pertinent album title, the songs on Deep Down Happy are sharply drawn pen portraits of small-town suffocation, inequality and ultimately escapism. Documenting modern Britain in all its messy complexity, the album is a succession of vivid snapshots of the follies, foibles and frustrations of youth. Sports Team calls to mind a loving but fractious family, bickering one minute, weeping with laughter the next. Following the open letter above, the band continue to support independent record shops, and have announced their album Instore tour will be moved to June 2020 below.

15 JUNE ASSAI X BEAT GENERATOR, DUNDEE

17 JUNE BEARTREE RECORDS X THE LEADMILL, SHEFFIELD

18 JUNE BANQUET RECORDS X PRYZM, KINGSTON

19 JUNE ELSEWHERE X ELSEWHERE, MARGATE

20 JUNE VINILO X THE BROOK, SOUTHAMPTON

22 JUNE ROUGH TRADE X THE FLEECE, BRISTOL

23 JUNE ROUGH TRADE X METRONOME, NOTTINGHAM

24 JUNE CRASH RECORDS X BRUDENELL, LEEDS

25 JUNE ACTION RECORDS X BLITZ, PRESTON

26 JUNE ROUGH TRADE EAST, LONDON (EARLY SHOW)

26 JUNE ROUGH TRADE EAST, LONDON (LATE SHOW)

SOLD OUT

29 JUNE MUSIC’S NOT DEAD, BEXHILL ON SEA

30 JUNE RESIDENT RECORDS X CHALK, BRIGHTON