hmv.com reviews... Tennis @ London Lexington
Denver pop trio Tennis breezed into London last night (November 18th) and left every person in their sight with a big smile on their face. Here's our full review...
Tennis. Denver trio, creators of lovely, luxurious, summery pop songs.
The Lexington, the top room of a very nice pub in North London.
Was it full? And how were the crowd?
It was very very sold out, with people craining their necks at the back of the room to get a better view. The crowd were quite laid-back to begin with, but were dancing along to every note by the end of the show.
So what was the set like? What did they play?
The gig was a showcase, of sorts, for the band's new album Ritual In Repeat, which comes out in February, so the set focused heavily on that. It was gorgeous, with each song drenched in lo-fi 1970s pop, sunny, breezy and packed with ludicrously hummable melodies. 'I'm Callin'', 'Never Work For Free' and the closing 'Bad Girls' all sound like the best bits of Fleetwood Mac dancing cheek to cheek with mid-period Beach Boys.
Any good between song banter?
Not loads, but singer Alaina Moore did call one of the later songs "Her Taylor Swift moment", a moment she encouraged everyone in the room to have.
Did they put on much of a show?
There's not much you can do in the top room of a pub but stand there and play, which is what they did.
What was the highlight of the set?
New single 'I'm Callin'', with it's gorgeous melody and summery goodness, got everyone in the place going, it was ace.
Where can I catch them next?
They've only got three US shows scheduled at present, but it seems pretty nailed on that they'll be back in February when their album comes out.
Tennis's new album Ritual In Repeat is released on February 2nd.