LO-FI: Free First Friday feat. Sports, Plastic Ants
Oklahoma-based trio Sports, comprised of brothers Jacob and Christian Theriot alongside Cale Chronister, began playing together in grade school. The group’s electro-pop sound shaped much of their debut LP release in 2015, Naked All The Time. The following year, the band released their heralded sophomore effort, the funk-laden People Can’t Stop Chillin’. Continuing to grow at a breakneck pace, Sports have seen multiple singles amass over one million plays on Spotify alone including “Whatever You Want” which just eclipsed 10 million plays.
Coming off a slew of critically-praised singles including “Don’t Tell Me,” “No Pressure,” “Cadillac” and “Shiggy,” the band released Everyone’s Invited, their third full-length album, and the group’s first major body of work since 2016. Everyone’s Invited marked an experimental and innovative return for the trio, effortlessly blurring the lines between synth-pop, indie-funk, and psychedelic rock. The vibrant twelve-track offering delivers something for all listeners and has received acclaim from Pitchfork, Pigeons and Planes, and Ones To Watch, in addition to earning plays on KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic and Spotify’s New Indie Mix playlist.
About Plastic Ants
Maximum chamber pop from Cincinnati, Ohio, featuring members of Afghan Whigs and Wussy
If the early Who played “Maximum R&B,” then Cincinnati-based Plastic Ants plays Maximum Chamber Pop, a mellifluous collision of rock and classical music topped with existential lyrics about modern life and love.
The group started as a studio collaboration between singer-songwriter Robert Cherry and Afghan Whigs bassist-producer John Curley, in 2009.
Over the course of one EP and two albums, the ensemble has grown to include Wussy drummer Joe Klug and classically trained keyboardist-songwriter Guy Vanasse and cellist Shira Beder (fun fact: Plastic Ants is Vanasse and Beder’s first ever band, not counting orchestras and choirs).
Blurt magazine called the band’s debut album, Falling To Rise, “A delightful brew of old and new. Think the Decemberists married to the Green Pajamas with a dash of Beatles and a smidgen of Left Banke.”
Magnet magazine said of their second album, Imperial Phase, “Plastic Ants’ sweeping, cinematic songs harken back to the progressive pop of the ’70s, but the band puts a modern spin on the classic sounds that inspired them.”
For this show, their Indianapolis debut, the group will be performing songs from their forthcoming third full-length album, due out early next year.