Lander

Album: Deep Down Happy (2020)

Songfacts®:

  • Sports Team are an English rock band who formed at the University of Cambridge after bonding over groups like Pavement and Parquet Courts. The six-piece comprises lead vocalist Alex Rice, lead guitarist Henry Young, rhythm guitarist Rob Knaggs, bassist Oli Dewdney, drummer Al Greenwood, and keyboardist Ben Mack. "Lander" is the opening track of their debut album, Deep Down Happy.
  • Yeah, I've been waiting in a dark suit for awhile
    Down there in Aldershot, Camberley or Staines


    Alex Rice told The Sun the song is "from the perspective of that commuter belt hypocrite. Claps for the NHS but votes for its sale."
  • The recording of Deep Down Happy with Courtney Barnett producer Burke Reid prioritized improvisation. This song originated as a stream-of-consciousness vocal take by Rob Knaggs, one of the few Sports Team songs where he sings lead vocals.

    "We had it for a very long time; our label really liked it, but I don't think any of us necessarily thought we'd do anything with it," Knaggs admitted to Apple Music. "To be honest, there was a lot of debate between us about whether it should even be on the record."
  • Deep Down Happy reached #2 on the UK albums chart. Lady Gaga's Chromatica prevented it from reaching the top spot.

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