Artist info

Genre

Indie, Pop


Sounds like

Ben Folds Five, Ball Park Music, Weezer


band members

Dion Read - Piano, Vocals; Vincent Kemp - Drums, Vocals; Ben Webster - Bass, Vocals.


Influences

Foo Fighters, Ok Go, Ben Folds


Website

sportsfanband.com

Bio

Sports Fan unleash intelligent, ultra-catchy power-pop through piano, bass, drums and close vocal harmonies. Individually, they obsess over bicycles, tattoos, coffee, comics, perfect pop structures, ice hockey, acronyms, gadgets and vinyl. Collectively, they make more noise than should be possible for two drumsticks, three voices, four strings and eighty-eight keys.
Dion Read (Piano, Lead Vocals) and Vincent Kemp (Drums, Harmonies) met in 2011 at their day job, selling musical equipment in between dancing to Justin Timberlake and working out who would sing which harmony over the entire Ben Folds Five catalogue. With a drum kit borrowed from Vinnie’s nephew, Sports Fan played their first shows as a two-piece, ala Dresden Dolls, and laid down a collection of rehearsal room demos. Ben Webster (Bass, Harmonies), a regular purchaser of musical equipment, heard these demos and made it very, very clear that if there were to be bass guitar in the band, then he would be the one playing it. As a three piece, Sports Fan have been performing since late 2012.
New single This is Goodbye reveals a darker edge to the Sports Fan repertoire, contrasting with previous singles Little White Lies and Shallow Water. These three singles along with eight other tracks, make up Sports Fan’s debut album which is scheduled for a Winter 2015 release. The eleven-track album features guest appearances from Ball Park Music’s Jen Boyce and electro-folk songstress Tara Simmons, and will be released independently in Australia with Asian distribution through Japan’s ThisTime Records.
Sports Fan treat their live show as an opportunity surprise the audience with their energy, quirky humour and tight musical changes. Performances have included support slots with radio favourites Sheppard, Lurch & Chief, Hey Geronimo, Pigeon, and Underground Lovers with multiple visits to regional and interstate venues.

Review

Shallow Water (feat. Jen Bo...

Sports Fan

Review by Dave Ruby Howe Dave Ruby Howe

08 Apr 2014

Triple J
40

This is more than your average pop song. Neat turns of phrase with an acidic wit to it. And some pleasing vocals from Jen. I wish I'd picked it up sooner!

This is more than your average pop song. Neat turns of phrase with an acidic wit to it. And some pleasing vocals from Jen. I wish I'd picked it up sooner!