Tennis, the band not the sport, combine genres to make music that allows you to be nostalgic and look forward to new experiences at the same time. Lead singer Alaina Moore answers a few questions about the Denver music scene, the new record label, new music, and more.
Q:First off I love your website, who’s idea was that?
Thank you, it was my husband’s idea, that was Patrick’s idea. We didn’t really have the budget. We asked one of our friends if they could make something that looked just like the old Windows.
Q: You’ve said that you had to work backwards to become a part of the Denver music scene. How do you feel the Denver music scene differs from others?
The Denver music scene is actually really welcoming to young local bands. And has so much to offer. And promoters are really good. As amazing and supportive as it is, the only problem is its isolation. We are 10 hours away from the next big city. I’m really glad we did it that way.
Q: Which bands do you feel represent the scene, or do you like in Denver?
We are going to be touring with a local Denver band, Nathan Rateliff and the Night Sweats. He is the epitome of the Denver sound and community.
Q: Is there a city, place, country, thing, that you prefer to record in or gives you the most inspiration?
We recorded Small Sound EP in Cottage Grove, Oregon. I either like to record from the security or comfort of my own home, or somewhere really quiet. We’ve had the opportunity to record in LA and NY, which I really love, but I don’t feel it suits me.
Q:Small Sound is out on 11/05, you’ve said you like to have a theme with your albums. What would you say the theme is?
I like to have a more personal connection. Homages to female musicians or songwriters that I revere and go back to over and over as my instructors. I like to go back to these women and draw some strength and direction from that.
Q: Now that you are on Communion, have you made any changes to the way you record? Or changes in general?
One change in general was even having an EP. We initially had a full length album, but Ben Lovett had this idea of reentering the world more slowly. We could give a little more, almost like a progress report, by putting out a portion of what we had made into an EP. We are going to finish the album and release it as soon as possible while they are still feeling it.
Q: If you could make up a name for your genre of music, what would it be?
We write pop music because it is. It doesn’t really bother me being labeled. I like all music, that’s becoming really common.
Q: Some music just seems to fit well with a particular activity. What do you think your music would accompany well? Sailing perhaps?
Road trip music, something that you are just coasting in the car to. It’s pleasant mid tempo music good for coasting. Too melodic or poppy for working out to or reading.
Q: Is there something you want to eventually do, or a goal you want to reach in your career.
I hope that I just continue to progress as a songwriter. I think it is one of the hardest art forms. We got lucky with our first couple of songs, it was blind luck. The more I do this, the more I realize I don’t know anything. So I hope to continue to get better.
Tennis' new EP Small Sound is out next Tuesday, 11/05. Catch them at the Black Cat on 11/06.