Oklahoma-California indie rock duo Sports take on codependency and Amy Grant with new song 'Baby Baby'
Split between Los Angeles and Norman, indie rock duo Sports - Cale Chronister and Christian Theriot - is working on a new, two-part LP to be released over the coming months, and enthralling lead single, "Baby Baby," is giving us a tantalizing tease.
The emotional song has roots stemming all the way back to Chronister's birth and his relationship with his mother, according to the press materials.
"'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," Chronister (songwriter, vocals and keyboards) said in a statement.
"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 said his mom's use of the Amy Grant song "Baby Baby" to comfort him as an infant inspired the new track.
"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 play 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," Chronister said in a statement.
Sports has been refining its infectious, funk-laden electro-pop sound that Chronister and Theriot first began to craft in grade school for half a decade now. The band’s debut LP, "Naked All The Time" (2015), and its follow-up, "People Can’t Stop Chillin" (2016), featured several critically praised singles, including “You Are the Right One,” “Panama,” “Whatever You Want,” and “Someone You’d Rather Be Dating.”
The band returned in 2018 with its first full-length album, "Everyone’s Invited," a vibrant offering that received acclaim from Pitchfork, Pigeons & Planes, and Ones To Watch, in addition to earning plays on KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic and Spotify’s New Indie Mix playlist.
With the new two-part full-length album coming soon, now is a good time for Oklahoma music fans to follow Sports:
Facebook : http://facebook.com/sportsband
Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/
Twitter : http://twitter.com/sportsband
Soundcloud : http://soundcloud.com/
This post is part of Oklahoma Music Week here on BAM's Blog, a look at how Oklahoma musicians have been been handling the pandemic and some of the projects they've been working over the past few months. Please follow along and support local musicians and venues in whatever way you can.