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Brooklyn alternative-pop duo Overcoats announced a new EP released on April 7th, featuring a new single with fellow pop innovators Tennis. “Used To Be Scared Of The Dark” features contributions from Middle Kids, Lawrence Rothman, and Ryan Hahn of Local Natives.

The EP is based on self-growth and the quest for stability, and all of the collaboration was done remotely to show how trust transcends physicality. Lead single “The Hardest Part” is a summery folk-pop jam aided by Alaina Moore of Tennis’ buttery-smooth vocals and sparkly keyboards to create immersive harmonies that are easy to get lost in. Reflecting on the making of the song, the Overcoats said: “This song is about coming to terms with a relationship being over. And the hard reality that you may never know where that person ends up or what they do. It’s about letting go. We brought this song to Tennis because it needed their nostalgic retro pop sound to help tell this story. And it needed to be cooler.”

Used To Be Scared Of The Dark EP out June 4th! Listen to “The Hardest Part [feat. Tennis]”, out now

We got to make an EP with some of our favourite artists! Used To Be Scared Of The Dark is out June 4th 2021 on Loma Vista Recordings.

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Brooklyn alternative-pop duo Overcoats have announced a new EP, featuring a new single with fellow pop innovators Tennis. “Used To Be Scared Of The Dark” features contributions from Middle Kids, Lawrence Rothman, and Ryan Hahn of Local Natives. The EP is based on self-growth and the quest for stability, and all of the collaboration was done remotely to show how trust transcends physicality.

“The Hardest Part” is a summery folk-pop jam aided by Alaina of Tennis’ buttery-smooth vocals and sparkly keyboards to create immersive harmonies that are easy to get lost in. Reflecting on the making of the song, the Overcoats said:

This song is about coming to terms with a relationship being over. And the hard reality that you may never know where that person ends up or what they do. It’s about letting go. We brought this song to Tennis because it needed their nostalgic retro pop sound to help tell this story. And it needed to be cooler.

“Used To Be Scared Of The Dark” is out June 4th via Loma Vista.

The band will be launching Overcoats – Spotlight Sessions, a series of conversations about each song with their collaborators. You can catch the first episode featuring Tennis on April 14 via Spotify.

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Despite the lyrical content reflecting the roller-coastering emotions of the past few years of Alaina Moore and Patrick Riley’s lives together as a family and as a band, as dreamy as ever, sedating ’80s dance-pop with the neo-psychedelic tints of Beach House and Johnathan Rado. Each track on the record is as full of unique instrumental flourishes as it is harrowing tales of pain and recovery, never sounding the least bit derailed or psychologically overwhelmed.

In January 2018 we went on tour. After years of scraping by, we found our footing with our fourth record Yours Conditionally. It was a commercial success that set us up to to play the biggest rooms of our career. But three shows in, I developed a raging case of influenza. Each night I dragged myself onstage and croaked out the set in a delirium. After a particularly bad soundcheck, Patrick asked me if we should cancel the show. I couldn’t imagine giving up the thing we’d work so hard to achieve. “I’ll be on stage even if you have to mic my coffin,” I joked.
The next morning I fainted and had a seizure while grocery shopping for breakfast. Patrick carried me through the check-out lanes screaming for a doctor. I woke later in a hospital bed. Patrick leaned over me, crying. “That’s it,” he said. “I’m cancelling the tour. I thought you were dead. We’re quitting the band. I’m going to be an accountant.” But I was on the mend. We missed two shows and pressed on.

This is the story of deep-rooted companionship strengthened by pain and loss. These songs carried us through our grief. It is us at our most vulnerable, so we kept a small footprint, recording everything ourselves in our home studio. I set out to describe the love I have come to know after ten years of marriage, when you can no longer remember your life before that person, when the spark of early attraction has been replaced by a gravitational pull.
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Swimmer is available everywhere February 14th, 2020.

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Denver duo Tennis, who released Yours Conditionally, back in March 2017, are back with their fifth LP, Titled “Swimmer”. 

Swimmer is a tour of the darkest time in our lives. But it is not a dark record. Named for the feeling of suspension and upendedness that characterized this period, it is the story of deep-rooted companionship strengthened by pain and loss. These songs carried us through our grief. It is us at our most vulnerable, so we kept a small footprint, recording everything ourselves in our home studio. I set out to describe the love I have come to know after ten years of marriage, when you can no longer remember your life before that person, when the spark of early attraction has been replaced by a gravitational pull.

“Swimmer” explores a year marked by grief and loss. During that time, Patrick and I found ourselves turning to each other and our writing to make sense out of senselessness. The result is our most carefully crafted, intimate album yet. There is so much I could say about these songs, but I’d rather you hear them first.

“Swimmer” is available everywhere February 14th, 2020

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The U.S. Open is happening this August in New York, but there’s another upcoming Tennis event you may want to mark down in your calendar.

Alaina Moore and Patrick Riley make up married rock duo Tennis, but the husband-and-wife team have never toured as just a two-piece. Usually, they’re backed by a full band. On Tuesday, however, they announced their first “Solo In Stereo” tour, which promises a run of stripped-down shows featuring just the two of them on stage.

The shows won’t be acoustic, per se, but with just Moore and Riley on stage, the songs will likely feel more intimate. Tennis shared more info about the tour in a tweet, below, and revealed an example of what to expect during the tour by way of a paired-down rendering of their glitzy track “My Emotions Are Blinding,” .

Last year, Tennis released both an album, a poppy scenescape called Yours Conditionally, and an EP of everything else they couldn’t fit on the LP, titled We Can Die Happy.

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The fourth album from the Denver soft-rockers Tennis is their finest yet, a distillation of sunny ‘70s pop, Fleetwood Mac, and Laura Nyro into a breezy album that sounds like the trip to Mexico they took to make this album. That calm exterior masks words that cut deep though; Alaina Moore’s lyrics are centered around the tension that comes from giving yourself over to someone else in a relationship and the calculations you’re constantly making about your own thoughts and feelings.

At this point of their career, Tennis can just release music and I’m comfortable knowing that it will be yet another enjoyable release from the duo of Alaina Moore and Patrick Riley. So many of the other artist that arrived during that golden age of music blogging have either lost a step or faded completely. But not Tennis, they have stayed as consistent as ever, a rare steady hand in a game full of flashes in the pan.

They released their solid new album Yours Conditionally March this year via their own label Mutually Detrimental and this month they returned quickly with a new 5-song EP entitled We Can Die Happy.

Below are two very delightful offerings from the EP, the very warm and Tennis-esque cut “Diamond Rings” as well as the sweet and tender “I Miss That Feeling.” Both prove once again that Tennis have no shortage of good tunes, or signs of slowing down anytime soon.

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Every album represents something foundational to our lives during the time of its creation. Yours Conditionally was about extricating ourselves from an industry that made us feel joyless and restrained. After a successful campaign that involved starting our own label and learning how to record on our own, We Can Die Happy finds us on the other side of that leap of faith, reveling in the sense of freedom and control we’ve found in our work. While making the track list for Yours Conditionally, a couple of songs didn’t seem to fit.

One song, I Miss That Feeling, had been giving me trouble for months. The concept came to me after I noticed the way that certain physiological aspects of anxiety could be read as feelings of pleasure when presented as a list, without context. We had gone as far as recording and mixing it, but when I listened back, I knew I had gotten it wrong. I scrapped everything except the chorus lyrics which detailed my own experiences with panic attacks and started over. I hoped I Miss That Feeling would be an easy fix and the rest of the EP would take shape around it. Instead each song resolved itself while I Miss That Feeling remained stubbornly incomplete. In the final days of our deadline, feeling the pressure, I had a panic attack. Even in the middle of hyperventilating, I thought spiraling into anxiety over a song about anxiety was oddly fitting. Very me. In the end I settled on a kinder approach. I made the minor chords major; I softened things. I made the song a love letter to my constant companion rather than a denunciation of it.

The Denver indie pop duo and sailing enthusaists Tennis  husband-wife team Alaina Moore and Patrick Riley, released their fourth album, “Yours Conditionally”The new record includes the lovely track “Ladies Don’t Play Guitar” as well as opener “In The Morning I’ll Be Better” and the dreamy, dizzying “Modern Woman.” That last song has a new video out in which the band’s Alaina Moore gazes at her reflections in a series of vintage domestic tableaus. Like “Ladies Don’t Play Guitar,” “Modern Woman” is a mannered, sarcastic meditation on womanhood, delivered with a dose of melancholy sincerity.

 

In the video accompanying the single, she peers into a vanity mirror at her reflection, maintaining eye contact with her own image as she reaches for various potions and salves, the products she leans on to make herself beautiful. The video comprises several dreamy vignettes shot over the course of a single day at a gallery in Denver. Director Luca Venter, who also directed the band’s “In the Morning I’ll Be Better” video, and set designer Kelia Anne envisioned different rooms for the shoot—“really feminine and really domestic,” Moore explained. In each scene, there’s a mirror, and Moore stares into it, transfixed.

“Yours Conditionally” came out in March 2017 ,

The husband and wife duo of Alaina and Patrick, otherwise known as Tennis, return with “Yours Conditionally”, their new album which will be released on 10th March 2017 on the band’s own label Mutually Detrimental.

Building on their dreamy combination of perfect melodies and classic songwriting, “Yours Conditionally” sees a full circle return to their nautical roots of sorts, with the duo even writing part of the album while sailing at sea, what Alaina calls “a grandiose gesture”, a necessary venture of revisiting the past to reinvigorate the present. However, the pair dig deeper and darker this time round, with the resultant album wedding discussions of identity and self-sacrifice to some of their most pristine and infectious hooks yet.

Achingly beautiful lead single “In the Morning I’ll Be Better”, written about the “precariousness of our lives”, sums up this paradox completely, with gorgeous melodies belying its subject matter of Riley seeing a family member through a serious illness. “Please Don’t Ruin This For Me” and “Fields of Blue” also deliciously straddle the light/ dark divide, while others, like “Ladies Don’t Play Guitar” and the divine swoon of “Modern Woman” hit the pop bullseye square on the nose while unpacking conflicting themes of feminism and industry archetypes.

Taken in toto, “Yours Conditionally” sees a band at maturation point, looking fondly to the past while also staring down the uncertainty and confusion of the future without flinching. This is Tennis at their contrary, compelling best.