Written by Lauren Rosier
The indie-rock duo, Sports, announces today they are working on a new, two-part LP that will be released over the next few months. Today, they also share the lead single, “Baby, Baby,” a mellow, yet emotional song about codependency.
“‘Baby Baby’ is about codependency. My emotions being dependent on someone else’s emotions. It’s about a vicious cycle of not being able to comfort someone who is crying, and their crying ending up making me more upset than they are,” Cale Chronister explains.
He adds, “In the verses of the song I’m expressing my frustration with being unable to be comforting, and in the chorus, I end up asking for comfort. It’s a messed-up cycle that I find myself in. The ego placing itself where it doesn’t belong. But as the song goes on, that last chorus gets more emotional, and the same lyrics can be heard as actual empathy. As if something clicked and I felt your pain and cried with you, instead of just trying to make myself feel better.”
He notes, “When I wrote the song, I had arbitrarily named it ‘Baby Baby’ before I had real lyrics written for it. I wanted the song to be about crying because when I was a baby, I had colic and I cried all the time. The only thing my mom could do to stop it was by playing the song ‘Baby Baby’ by Amy Grant super loud in the living room while she danced with me in her arms. I love that sentiment. It’s actually a beautiful example of how to love someone who is upset. I love the image I have in my head of my mother’s memory. Definitely my first relationship with a particular song. I still love that song.”
Sports is comprised of Chronister (songwriter, vocalist, and keyboardist) and Christian Theriot. Sports have been meticulously refining the funk-laden electro-pop that they’ve been reworking since grade school. Their debut LP, Naked All The Time (2015), and its follow-up, 2016’s People Can’t Stop Chillin’ delivered several incredible hits including “You Are The Right One,” “Panama,” “Whatever You Want,” and “Someone You’d Rather Be Dating.”
In 2018, the duo returned with their first full-length, Everyone’s Invited, which garnered a wide variety of critical acclaim from outlets like Pitchfork, Pigeons & Planes, and KRCW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic.
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