Indie-pop band Tennis will treat fans in Chicago to a second show as they headline Lincoln Hall on Sunday, May 18th, 2014 after a sold out supporting act appearance for pop-rock group HAIM at The Riviera Theatre Saturday night. Opening act at Lincoln Hall will be Ski Lodge. Check out Mean Streets (from Small Sound/2013) by Tennis on SoundCloud here. Check out Origins (from Young & Old/2012) by Tennis on SoundCloud here. Check out Marathon (from Cape Dory/2011) by Tennis on SoundCloud here.
Tennis was born aboard Alaina Moore and Patrick Riley’s nearly seven-month sailing trip. Upon returning home, the duo began writing music together as a way to document the history of their shared experience. The result was Cape Dory (released January 11th, 2011 on Fat Possum Records), an intimate and concise recollection of life on a 30-foot sloop. Moore and Riley followed Cape Dory with Young & Old (released February 14th, 2012 on Fat Possum Records), which The New York Times called “striking indie-pop” and The New Yorker described as “winsome as it is ebullient.” The album debuted #1 on Billboard’s Heatseeker Chart, #1 on CMJ Top 200, where it remained for three weeks in a row and debuted on Soundscan’s “New Artist Chart” at #1, remaining there for nine consecutive weeks. The band performed on “The Late Show with David Letterman,” “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “Conan” and “Last Call with Carson Daly.”
Tennis didn't set out to intentionally shake things up for their Small Sound EP (released November 5th, 2013 on Communion Records), but that's because they never have an agenda when they enter the studio. Singer/keyboardist Alaina Moore and guitarist Patrick Riley only have one guideline when they make music, and that is to bounce each idea they have back and forth between them until they know they've taken it as far as it can go. Working with Spoon's Jim Eno and producer Richard Swift, the pair have spread out and added an extra swing to their usual spritely pop template on the EP, buttressing their ever-elegant pop hooks with steady Motown grooves and their most intricate vocal harmonies yet. Tennis consider Small Sound a warm up to another full length release, but it works just as well on its own, filled with sharp melodies and sharper observations about life in the music industry and forging their identity. [from Tennis biography]
Sunday, May 18, 2014
2424 North Lincoln Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60614