With a run time that clocks in at under 10 minutes, Sports Reference are clearly pretty keen to make an immediate statement with new EP Somewhere Else. This desire for an instant impact is evident right from the get go as fuzzed up guitars cut through the speakers to take centre stage early on. They’re soon joined by drawling vocals that sound like they’ve come straight out of the nineties, but any hooks that might be present quickly get swallowed up in the swirling cacophony of the mix.
Letting the music take centre stage is not necessarily a bad thing however, as the sunshine state trio really excel when they go into full on garage jam mode. You almost feel as if you’re eavesdropping on a group of guys kicking back in the Florida sun just playing music for the sheer fun of it. There is occasionally a feeling that the music is going off on a bit of a tangent at times, a tendency that is only exacerbated by the concise nature of the record, but it feels as though this is more down to inexperience as opposed to trying to stroke anyone’s ego.
What we have with this record then are the makings of a rather exciting prospect. Melodic without lacking teeth, exhilarating and confrontational without threatening to kick your cat across the room, Sports Reference have managed to create an excellent blend of style and substance that, with a bit more editing and refining, could flourish into something truly wonderful.
Words: Shaun Brown