Innovative Dream Pop from Grand Jury. - dad sports: name & place
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posted 20 Dec 2020 by Krister Axel
Captures a fleeting moment of appreciation with the hypnotic combination of electric guitar, softly-layered vocals, and nostalgic lyricism.

Ottawa's dad sports announce their signing to Grand Jury Music with the video for their nostalgic lofi single “name & place." dad sports have been methodically cultivating a dedicated audience since 2018, putting out self-produced indie bangers one after the other. Their stellar work eventually caught the ear of New York’s Grand Jury Music, who will be releasing a series of new dad sports singles over the coming months.

"name & place" fuses the 16th-note urgency of classic shoegaze with elements of bedroom pop, blending warm synths and drum machine loops with an understated and infectious melody. The result is a pop confection of equal parts high energy and emotional gravity, as dad sports capture a fleeting moment of appreciation with the hypnotic combination of electric guitar, softly-layered vocals, and nostalgic lyricism.

u know that feeling when yr looking out of a car window and its dark out and everything is just really beautiful and u feel like yr in a coming of age movie ? we tried to make this song exactly that. :) — dad sports

Grand Jury is an independent record label founded in New York City in 2014. dad sports joins a roster that includes Chicago rock n roll staples Twin Peaks and Twin City indie pop rebels Hippo Campus, along with New York indie rock upstart Samia and Witchita bedroom-pop wunderkind Jordana.

dad sports is a three piece bedroom pop band formed in the early hours of the morning, exploring the Ottawa suburbs with only friendship and music to guide them - featuring Miguel Plante on vocals and guitar, Keith McDonald on drums, and Alex Keyes on bass.

Photo credit: Dax Cardoso-Grant

Art Credit: Adam Elkhadem

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Krister Bjornson Axel

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Paris, France. Madison, Wisconsin. Los Angeles. Ashland, Oregon. Ottawa. I write music, I write about music, and I write code. See also: photography, prose, podcasting. I have 1 gorgeous wife, 2 amazing kids, and many interests.


Recent Awards: 2020 ND (Photo) Honorable Mention, 2020 Accenti Writing Contest Finalist


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