New Liverpool-based band Hooton Tennis Club are beginning to make a stir in the music business and are on their way to Leeds this autumn.
Recently on the road with King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, they played at the Heavenly Records 25th Anniversary gig in Liverpool last month and are now set to release their debut album - through Heavenly - on Friday, August 28.
‘Highest Point In Cliff Town’ features 12 new tracks and was recorded and produced at Parr Street Studios in Liverpool by Bill Ryder Jones.
Originally from Chester and Ellesmere Port, the band’s unusual name was inspired by a sign for the tennis club in Little Sutton,
Its members grew up together and played in a number of bands with improbable names. While studying at various colleges they speedily recorded some songs to upload with no intention of ever being an actual ‘band’ but early demos soon caught the ears of Heavenly Recordings and by September 2014 they had signed to the label.
Following a UK tour with label-mate H. Hawkline the band entered the studio to start recording their debut album in the early spring of 2015.
Inspired by the plug-in-and-play quasi-improvisational approach of Deerhunter and Ariel Pink, the album is the sound of the summer of adolescence slipping into the autumn of adulthood.
Check Hooton Tennis Club out for yourself in Leeds when they play a gig at the Brudenell GR on the Sunday, November 1