Tennis are the husband and wife pop duo of Patrick Riley and Alaina Moore from Denver Colorado. Their debut album Cape Dory came out in 2011 – a record born out of a seven month sailing trip by the couple. Cape Dory was a fantastic piece of beachy twee-pop. Unabashedly lo-fi, it also oozes sweetly nostalgic and sentimental in all the right places. It easily captured listeners’ and critics’ attention and helped launched Tennis to a wider audience. So much so, that they were able to grab The Black Keys’ own Patrick Carney to produce their sophomore record, Young & Old.
For their newest and third record, Ritual In Repeat, Tennis are looking up to doing bigger things. Besides Carney, Tennis have also enlisted famed producers Jim Eno and Richard Swift. With a goal of creating a wider and fuller sound in mind, Tennis have moved on from cutesy lo-fi songs to something that is more powerful and impactful. While it is certainly a bold risk to stray away from the sound that made them famous, it is definitely for the better as the newer songs are more memorable, yet still maintaining the same Tennis-level craft of indie pop sensibility.
Tennis are coming to St Louis. They will be playing at The Ready Room on 9/18 (tickets here)
Listen to first single Never Work For Free embedded below.
Tennis – Ritual In Repeat comes out 9/9 via Communion (order here)