We’ve written about Chester/Ellesmere Port quartet Hooton Tennis Club before, and they’re certainly a band on an upward curve. Named after (suprisingly enough) a Tennis Club in nearby Little Sutton, then band grew up together and played in a number of similarly improbably named bands. Whilst studying at college they met up to record some demos, without any real thought of being a band, but interest in those songs meant things progressed otherwise.
Recently signed to legendary Heavenly recordings, the band have just announced details of their new, debut album. Recorded following a tour with labelmate H. Hawkline, the record was inspired the improvisional quality of the likes of Deerhunter and Ariel Pink. Titled ‘Highest Point in Cliff Town’, the album is out on August 28th and is preceded by a single, ‘Kathleen Sat on the Arm of Favourite Chair’, on June 29th.
Its classic British indie pop – right from the off it has this attractive messiness about it, the winding guitar lines and off kilter bassline driven on by this wash of cymbals and drums. Perhaps what marks Hooton Tennis Club out as future Premier League indie stars is the bands ability to write tunes that stay with you, whilst telling their own tales of love(lorn) and everyday life. It sways this way and that, and before you know it, its over – leaving you with just this slight yearning to hear it again.
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Check out the band on tour with King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard later in the year or at one of the handful of festival dates they’ve been confirmed for. Full details below.
6th London Field Day
26th Pilton Glastonbury Festival
5th Liverpool Kazimer (Heavenly 25th Birthday)
6th Nottingham Rescue Rooms *
7th Leeds Belgrave *
8th Manchester Sound Control *
9th London Scala *
25th Sheffield Tramlines
31st St. Germans Port Eliot Festival
22nd Glanusk Green Man Festival
31st Liverpool LIMF
5th Larmer Tree Gardens End of the Road Festival
6th Portmerion Festival No.6
12th London On Blackheath Festival
* with King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard.