Edgy is not a sound, it's a fad. Young Sportsmen play loud, fast guitar pop like Futureheads, Ted Leo + Pharmacists or the Jam.
Formed in the Spring of 2005, the four Sportsmen quickly recorded their debut release, "The Familiar Glow of Colliding Particles" EP, in a friend's living room with a mission of melody and volume. Though it was originally considered a demo, it soon turned into a surprising success in their home town of Seattle, making time on local radio stations KEXP and KNDD, and enjoying critical praise from a host of print and online music publications.
". . . The quartet's keen power pop summons the spirit of classics acts like Cheap Trick and Elvis Costello, but their modern attitude and harmonies also recall more current artists like Ted Leo and the Pharmacists."
- Megan Seling, The Stranger
"Young Sportsmen have released five shattering, pumping, bass-run, drum-pounding, air-guitar shredding power-post-punk-pop songs.....There's something truly exceptional about the energy on this mini-album, in line with earlier work of Ted Leo or the Futureheads. We can expect Young Sportsmen's first full-length to be a solid sequence of appealing gems. Can't wait to hear it happen."
- Three Imaginary Girls
". . . bringing to mind the very best of The Figgs at their poppiest perfection, Soundtrack Of Our Lives, Brendan Benson and Sloan. All five songs are excellent, not even close to delivering a duff one!"
- Not Lame Records
"Easily one of the best local bands I've heard in ages, their sound harkens back to the (too short) golden age of Seattle power pop . . . I can also hear hints of Superdrag, Sloan and the New Pornographers in each of these five extremely catchy songs, which range from excellent to stunning. Let's hope to hear a lot more from them soon!"
"Familiar Glow is a rollicking, energetic pop-rock fiesta rife with bouncy rhythms, tight harmonies and singalong choruses. I'd mention a standout track if that were possible. Each of the five tunes are separate but equal parts of a whole that does itself an injustice when listened to individually. But that's always been the case with these guys. They don't just write great songs, they write great records."
- Randomville Magazine