Husband-and-wife duo Alaina Moore and Patrick Riley were introduced to us in the fall of 2009 when their sensational first single “Marathon” sailed through the blogosphere. I needed more and Tennis served up their listener friendly debut LP Cape Dory this time last year. The album is short and sweet but managed to float through my rotation through the entirety of 2010. Not only did I find myself falling in love with these simple melodies, but I became owned by their story.
The couple started their band after a 7 month sailing expedition down the Eastern Atlantic seaboard. This trip inspired the formation of Tennis and subsequently the theme of Cape Dory. Each and every one of the songs is dedicated to their expedition with songs such as “Baltimore” and “South Carolina” identifying stops along the way. Tennis was compelling to me because they were fresh, simple and they carried a story. They are captains of their careers and I can’t wait to see where they take us in 2012 and we have already received a glimpse of the beginnings.
Tennis is set to release Young & Old on Valentine’s Day. First single “Origins” has been blowing up the Sirius Satellite airwaves and been floating through countless blogs. Listen below. Tennis will be playing at Radio Radio on February 27th. Tickets are $10. Make sure you pay close attention to this release. They will likely provide us with another tale. Maybe not nautical, but certainly notable.
Written by Brett McGrath