Written by Caleb Oldham
Sports Coach is the moniker of J. Thatcher May, a prolific post-punk artist based in Boston who has already come out with five releases since November and is currently underway on a sixth. May's work resides somewhere between the ironic, self-aware and the unapologetically sentimental. Themes of worthlessness, death, and failed relationships are coupled with chorus-drenched guitars — all from the perspective of a fictional sports coach. Song titles like "life is a joke and u r pointless... don't let this song inspire u," or "I'D TRADE MY WHOLE TEAM FOR A DOG" might lead one to believe that the whole project is a joke. The music, however, tells a different story — it's inventive and powerful, taking the energy from punk and the melodic sensibility of jangle pop.
Listen to more of Sports Coach on May's Bandcamp.