When I was doing my zine My Letter to the World in the ’90s, I had a penpal/zine contributor named Tim who lived in Fort Worth, TX. He frequently bemoaned the lack of a punk scene there, which shaped my perception that Texas (Austin aside) was a musical wasteland. A few years later, the Reds emerged from Denton, a 40-minute drive from Fort Worth. (A few of the Reds would later form the Marked Men.) Since then, it seems like Denton has been cultivating a bounty of energetic punk bands.
Bad Sports are a Denton trio who’ve been around since 2007. Despite having seen the members’ other bands (Wax Museums, OBN III’s, Video) over the years, I hadn’t witnessed them live until last week, during their current West Coast tour supporting their latest release Bras on Dirtnap Records. They played in both San Francisco (the Knockout) and Oakland (Eli’s), and after seeing their snappy set in Oakland, I really regret not going to their Knockout show, too. At least I have some photos with which to remember that night!
Check them out if they hit a town near you. They’re in Denver tonight at Lion’s Lair and have a few more dates this week:
Thurs 4/10 Tulsa – Yeti
Fri 4/11 Oklahoma City – VDZ’s
Sat 4/12 Dallas – Double Wide