We Barbarians were the opener for Tennis at Brooklyn Bowl this past Tuesday to my great excitement. I’ve seen them open three times now, and it has definitely made me wonder why I haven’t seen them headline yet. They do the whole big sounding arena rock thing in small venues perfectly. Imagine if Kings Of Leon tried to do what they did the last few years, except they still had a soul. You got some big fat ambitious rock and roll that is impossible to dislike. Call me a fan.
It’s been a little overdue, but I finally caught Tennis live. I hoped for good things, but what I got was pretty damn good. They sounded a lot livelier live. The sharp production that you find on Young & Old translates well live for Alaina Moore & Patrick Riley. They played most of the new album along with all of my favorites from their debut, Cape Dory. Moore is a great frontwoman, humble and at ease. She’s a pretty lady, and most of the attention is surely on her. Riley on the other hand keeps a pretty low profile, and it works. The two personalities mix well, and remind us of why I fell in love with their sea-tales last year.
Here’s a new song from Tennis titled “My Better Self”. It’s a warm nod to the golden sounds of the older days while still sounding very today. It’s off of their soon to be released new album Young & Old, due out February 14 via Fat Possum.
By Will Oliver, December 19th 2011 — with 1 comment
Tennis have been releasing great cover after great cover this year. With their new album Young And Old on the way, the band was able to still find time to share one more cover with us. This time they covered Broadcast’s “Tears In The Typing Pool”.
It’s gentle mood isn’t lost on Tennis who are able to cover it with ease. Fans of Broadcast, what do you think?
The single will be on the band’s newly announced new album, Young And Old, which will come out on February 14 via Fat Possum. The album was produced by The Black Keys drummer, Patrick Carney.
“Origins” is familiar territory upon your first listen. Further digging lands you with the realization that Tennis are only getting better and better. It’s got that sunny upside that they’ve made their own, as well as a psych-ridden groove that may be due in part to Mr. Carney.
Tennis are hard at work on a new album that The Black Keys’ Patrick Carney is producing. It should come out early next year. To keep us warmed up until then, they released a cover of The Zombies classic hit, “Tell Her No”. It’s good. Real good.
Here’s what the band’s email about the cover had to say:
We’ve spent the last several months writing and preparing for what we hope will keep us busy all winter. We will be announcing a Forest Family release in the next couple of weeks as well as tour dates to make up for the Vaccines tour cancellations. Also, we are excited to announce the existence of our next album (produced by our new friend Patrick Carney) coming out early next year. In the meantime, we made this cover of the Zombies “Tell Her No.” It’s been a long time favorite of ours and is the best use of a lone-clap we’ve ever heard.
Washington D.C. mates Tennis System are bringing the rock on this wonderful track, “Hey, We Tried”. It reminded me a great deal of Wavves, with a dreamy fuzzy sound that is shoegazy and catch as all hell.
It’s taken from their upcoming album, Teenagers. Grab it below:
Tennis have released a cover of Brenda Lee’s “Is It True?” as a free download. It’s upbeat in all the right ways, beaming with the feel good summer energy that Tennis always find a way to give off so effortlessly. One listen to the original version, and you will understand why Tennis wanted to cover it.
My buddy Ian Perlman is the mastermind behind the music video for Tennis‘ “Take Me Somwhere”. It was shot in Chesapeake Bay with a gritty, grainy, style that gives the video a vintage feel. It’s a perfect companion to their throwback sound.
The project of Tennis came to be when Denver, Colorado’s Patrick Riley and Alaina Moore sailed across the east coast together. They lived on a sailboat for nearly a year and decided to soundtrack their experiences on the sea. They released a few songs last year to the delight of music lovers everywhere. It’s not hard to get into Tennis. They make highly accessible music that is a modern take on retro sounds.
“Take Me Somewhere” is a charming opener that displays what Tennis is all about. You wouldn’t be wrong if you thought that Cape Dory was an albums from the hey-day’s of the 1950’s or ’60s. Alaina Moore’s airy vocals are easy on the ears, and this is a perfect fit for the throwback sound that Tennis emulates so well. Sure, Tennis isn’t making the most original music, but what they lack in originality, they make up with their ability to charm with pop styling.
These are 10 songs that are easy to love, and even easier to play over and over. Isn’t that what made the music so great in the ’50’s & ’60’s?
It’s hard to deny the two and a half minutes of pop glory packed into “Marathon”, a song that I haven’t stopped playing since last year. The guitars are tuned with a warm wholesome twang similar to the Walkmen. This vintage sound gives the band its edge. Tennis are successful in their attempt to turn back the clocks and make old fashioned music sound good again. Many bands have tried to do it over the past few years, and not many do it as well as Tennis.
“Cape Dory”, “Marathon”, and “Baltimore” all sound sharper compared to the early versions that we heard last year. They’re solid offerings, but the real star of this album is “Pigeon”. It’s the most intimate offering from the band, and it may just be their most charming moment. It’s a side of Tennis that I would love to hear more of. It’s the understated simple beauty that this world needs more of, and “Pigeon” rises to the challenge.
Cape Dory is an album that you will love the hell out of in the summer when it has time to dance freely in the warm summer air. Grab your friends, sit by the water, and take a trip down to Cape Dory.
This is as solid of a debut that you can ask from a band like Tennis. Not every album needs to be a game changer. Sometimes we just need an album that we can rely on. I don’t think I’ll have any problem playing this album over and over this year.
You know what, sometimes that’s good enough for me.