Real Lessons in Cynicism is the second full-length record by Washington, DC's Soccer Team. Ryan Nelson (Beauty Pill, Minutes) and Melissa Quinley formed Soccer Team in 2005. In 2006, the band released “Volunteered” Civility and Professionalism, which was recorded at Nelson’s home in Southeast DC. Not long afterward, Ryan relocated to Kalamazoo, MI and Soccer Team began a multi-year hiatus. In 2012, the band reconvened and expanded to include drummer Dennis Kane and guitarist/keyboardist Jason Hutto. Real Lessons includes 14 songs that were tracked live in a basement using a Tascam 388 tape machine and then ported into a computer, where they were further tweaked and embellished.