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Hooten Tennis Club’s follow up to last summer’s Highest Point In Cliff Town is extreamly impresive, and with Edwyn Collins on production duties they have realised their true pop potential. It has a looseness like the first album still evident on Big Box of Chocolates, but made shiny and new under Collins’ watchful eye.

With no difficult second album issues, Hooton Tennis Club made massive strides in short fourteen months since Cliff Town gigging constitenly. Live they’re more disciplined while retaining that engaging sense of fun, and on this album, lyricists Ryan Murphy and James Madden‘s always sideways observations of life, are as clever as ever. Each track on Big Box of Chocolates is a short story of sorts, emotions laid more honestly here than by its predecessor, showing a growing confidence .  Tales of friendships, the notion of an era at an end as a flatmate moves out in Katy-Anne Bellis carries a coming of age melancholia, a sense of innocence now passed.

Statue Of The Greatest Woman I Know presents us with a surf guitar surprise, and Lauren, I’m In Love! brings out the biggest smiles, a cute Happy Days love letter to the 6 Music presenter. O Man, Won’t You Melt Me?  touches the tenderest spot, and breaks our hearts. ‘I can tell that her man’s not me, it’s not me / Why would she change it all for me?’ Blimey, woman – whoever you are, give the lad a break, will you?

It’s only the final song on the record, the title track, on the album though feels like a slight hangover from  Highest Point In Cliff Town, dragging its feet in an effort to keep up. But the album  Big Box of Chocolates, for the most part, is proof Hooton Tennis Club are reaching maturity. This is a bloody good record.

Here’s the clip (as promised) for ‘O Man, Won’t You Melt Me?’, (apt title for 2016?) Watch us roll around and frolic in clusters of vivid autumnal coloured rotting leaves for near 4 minutes.
‘Oh, Man Won’t You Melt Me’ by Hooton Tennis Club from the album ‘Big Box of Chocolates.’ Out on Heavenly Recordings, produced by Edwyn Collins.

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Wirral alt. rock champions Hooton Tennis Club, Firm favourites of BBC 6 Music, the melodic slacker rock group have become a fêted live attraction, with a lengthy European tour behind them. On the road throughout the last quarter of 2016, with their brand new and critically acclaimed second LP Big Box of Chocolates, which has just been released. The follow up to rapturously received gloruis debut album Highest Point in Cliff Town, the new disc was produced by revered singer songwriter Edwyn Collins at his studio in Helmsdale, Scotland.

Signed to the wonderful storied indie label Heavenly Recordings, Hooton Tennis Club inked a deal with the set-up at Glastonbury Festival following a 2014 performance that won over label founder Jeff Barrett.

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This song is about Ryan’s ex-flatmate, Katy-Anne. She’s lived in the house for one year and three months. It’s just a mushy song about moving house and staying in touch.

‘A Big Box of Chocolates’ is set to be released on 21st October via Heavenly Recordings, and was recorded in Scotland with producer Edwyn Collins.

The band are also set to head out on a massive UK tour to support the record

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