Deep Down Happy

Sports Team - Deep Down Happy
Critic Score
Based on 13 reviews
2020 Ratings: #84 / 343
User Score
Based on 113 ratings
2020 Ratings: #311
Liked by 6 people
June 5, 2020 / Release Date
LP / Format
Bright Antenna / Label
Indie Rock / Genres
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With no shortage of confidence, Sports Team are the complete package. A band beyond just their music alone, there are no half measures here.

The Line of Best Fit

Whether it’s doing drugs or finding love, Deep Down Happy expresses those smalltown suffocations and inequalities paired with massive choruses and the pithiest of lyrics.

No Ripcord

The band is coming into their own, romanticizing the more humdrum aspects of the everyday with both joyous celebration and sulky dissatisfaction.


The gobbiest new bunch on the block cement their early promise with a debut album full of hedonism, tribalism and untamed energy.

The Independent

Singer Alex Rice plays the eccentric circus ringmaster, conducting the careening rhythms, skittering drums and his own, hyperactive delivery.


In 12 songs, they make it pretty clear which side they’re on, and it looks like the winner - smart, engaged, and willing to crack a joke with the faith that their musical dexterity will speak for itself. Love them or hate them, dismiss them at your peril.

Northern Transmissions

Two years in, Sports Team are promising rookies on the scene; you wouldn’t bet against them fighting it out in the big leagues by the time album two drops.

The Observer

Pleasingly, their debut album suggests there’s enough musical substance to back up their fighting talk.


These songs feel immediately familiar and timeless—you could have sworn you heard these melodies on so-and-so’s album from 15 or 25 years ago, but it never feels contrived despite obvious comparisons throughout. Sports Team are exciting in a way rock bands of this ilk haven’t felt in ages.


Their hooks are memorable, and the hummable guitar parts across the record are plentiful. But there’s one huge problem. Sports Team are fulfilling all of the criteria needed to qualify as a has-been band in the making.

Loud and Quiet

A debut as wry, energetic and charismatic as their inexhaustible live presence has always promised.


Ultimately, ‘Deep Down Happy’ aims for its inclusion in that Great British Literate Pop Tradition while falling somewhat short. It lacks the charm, grace, and wit of Pet Shop Boys, it lacks the sexuality and grime of Suede’s opening salvos.

This guys are amazing, their musical approach is clearly outdated, but lets recognize it, they just released hell of a nice record.

For sure they have arrived at least twenty years late. Most of the musical scene are clearly more bitter, dark and so much serious than them nowadays. And that's ok, things are not pretty, bright or fun today but that's not reason enough to completely erase every other posible musical vibe. That only reason makes this album a very welcome one.

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incredibly entertaining and enjoyable little rock record here. it was certainly a lot better than I expected.
No score yet but it sounds pup/ TOD csh/ the Smith street band. Solid
The debut album by the London based six-piece band is cynical in its lyricism. The album opener Lander does so in a witty way as Alex Rice thinks about ways to travel to the hospital if he became a doctor, and a guy planning on dining at Slug And Lettuce (or Wetherspoons). When he yells about the deception of society on Here’s The Thing, you believe the pain and stress that the standards of society have inflicted upon him. The sense of stress and being overworked is further conveyed ... read more
Strong debut from Sports Team which I enjoyed a lot. Had been anticipating this album when I first heard Here's the thing on the radio. Didn't disappoint, though I thought the last three tracks or so were a little less interesting compared to the rest.
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Track List

  1. Lander
  2. Here It Comes Again
  3. Going Soft
  4. Camel Crew
  5. Long Hot Summer
  6. Feels Like Fun
  7. Here's the Thing
  8. The Races
  9. Born Sugar
  10. Fishing
  11. Kutcher
  12. Stations of the Cross
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Added on: February 17, 2020