blueprint Live / Blog

Indie Pop Persuasions with Tennis

By Vanessa Krystin Wong

Meeting as students while in Colorado, Tennis, made up of husband-and-wife duo Alaina Moore and Patrick Riley, bought a sailboat and spent seven months sailing along the Eastern Seaboard. Post-adventure, they returned to Colorado and began recording songs that had a modern lo-fi feel while keeping a sweet ‘50s pop center. Cape Dory, the duo’s first album, was released in January of 2011 by Fat Possum. This atmospheric travel record was inspired by their time sailing and the discussions they had about music while on board their boat, the Swift Ranger.

Prior to meeting in college, Moore had been homeschooled in a fairly sheltered environment. I listened to classical music and I play piano very boring classically. I seriously had the most isolated, non-formed music taste possible until I met Patrick in college. He literally got to show me everything for the first time, like Todd Rungren, Janis Joplin I’d never listened to. I get to fall in love purely; it’s as new to me as if it came out this year. I get to experience what would be a dated history of rock ‘n’ roll in a completely fresh way. I’m actually super thankful to my parents for sheltering me so much that everything gets to be new when I’m like 26 years old.”

Since then, the band has dropped two albums, Old & Young and Ritual in Repeat, both solidifying their brand of indie pop which they have made their calling card. With the indie pop market already over saturated with bands drawing from decades passed; Tennis has stayed true to its form. From Moore’s notable delicacy in her honeyed vocals to Riley’s minimalistic style of guitar playing, everything they have created is still very light and unobtrusive.

“Our band is kind of just made up from us having completely different and almost opposing tastes in music. Like where I come from is like totally different than where Alaina comes from and because of that she’s able to see things in our music that I don’t see and vice versa.”

Tennis performs live at Fortune Sound Club on January 15th

By Jasmine Lee

events calendar

 June
 
Jun 26   The Messthetics   Fortune
 
 July
 
Jul 5   FVDED In The Park 2019   Holland Park
Jul 11   Bob Log III   Fortune
Jul 12   wifisfuneral (All Ages)   Fortune
Jul 20   Cuco (All Ages)   Venue
Jul 25   Afterlife Tour (All Ages)   Fortune
Jul 27   Comethazine (All Ages)   Venue
Jul 31   The Marías   Fortune
 
 August
 
Aug 1   Bodega & B Boys   Fortune
Aug 2   Miya Folick   Fox
Aug 5   Pixx   Fox
Aug 6   Alison Sudol   Fox
Aug 7   The Drums   Imperial
Aug 9   GOTHBOICLIQUE (All Ages)   Fortune
Aug 10   Everything Is Terrible   Fox
Aug 22   Mndsgn   Fortune
Aug 30   The Midnight   Commodore
 
 September
 
Sep 1   Sleep   Capital
Sep 12   Blackalicious   Fortune
Sep 12   No Fun At All   Venue
Sep 13   Oliver Tree   Commodore
Sep 17   Charlie Cunningham   Fox
Sep 23   Nitzer Ebb   Venue
Sep 26   Criminal: Podcast   Hollywood Theatre
Sep 26   Shura   Venue
Sep 27   Nilüfer Yanya   Fortune
Sep 29   Hatchie   Fortune
Sep 30   Band of Skulls   Venue
 
 October
 
Oct 1   !!! Chk Chk Chk   Fortune
Oct 1   Kamelot & Sonata Artica   Venue
Oct 2   SG Lewis   Fortune
Oct 2   Marc Rebillet   Venue
Oct 5   Delain, Amorphis & Anneke Van Giersberge   Venue
Oct 7   Ride   Venue
Oct 10   Maribou State   Commodore
Oct 11   Injury Reserve   Fortune
Oct 15   Cavetown   Venue
Oct 26   Hollerado   Commonwealth
Oct 28   Cat Power   Commodore
Oct 30   Madeon (Live)   Commodore
 
 November
 
Nov 4   Peter Hook & the Light   Venue
Nov 6   SHAED   Fortune
Nov 23   Dave (All Ages)   Fortune
 
 December
 
Dec 6   The Chainsmokers   Rogers Arena