Discovery: Sports Almanac

Sports Almanac are an indie rock band from Brighton who take their cues from the likes of Death Cab for Cutie and The 1975. They’ve just released a new double-A side Breathe In and Don’t You Wanna See (Bright Lights In The City).

By Graeme Smith

The two tracks show a range to the band’s style. Breathe In is a understated, introspective track whereas Don’t You Wanna See is an anthemic and expansive effort. In the latter, the arrangement kick up into a huge sweeping movement over which spoken word vocals portray a feeling of emotional desperation. It’s all a little post-rock with touches of emo.

Breathe In feels more traditional indie, with bright guitar riffs, melodic bass and an easy rhythm. It’s in this track where the Death Cab for Cutie inspiration is clearer. Lead singer Fraser’s vocals are not dissimilar from Ben Gibbard’s.

Both tracks are a bit of a change of sound for the Brighton trio from previous releases and I like the direction of travel. The band are keen to get back on the road playing gigs and I’m sure they’d find a fair few fans up here in York.

Check out Breathe In and Don’t You Wanna See below. You can hear more like Sports Almanac on our (‘Til The Weekend) Comes Round Again playlist on Spotify.