Quick Thoughts: If you haven't heard Tennis Courts yet, they are something to be excited about. Personifying a cross blend of sounds, they resonate with The Strokes' early era and contemporary rock bands such as Cage the Elephant, both of which they consider influences.
The five-track EP fluctuates in terms of writing styles and affections. Still, there is no problem absorbing the heart and soul Tennis Courts poured into this project as a listener. It extends an offhand sound, capturing the dynamics and energy of the band's live sound. The cohesive production of the EP came together with the help of Mark Bryan, a founding member and lead guitarist of Hootie & the Blowfish. Drummer and vocalist Andrew Clarke drew on the highlights of recording and the "surreal" impact Bryan had on their final product.
"He has an insane amount of experience," said Clarke. "In the shortest amount of words he'd say that needs this, this needs that,' it was so easy to understand, and the little things made a difference in making the songs so much better."
Right out of the gate, the first track, Color Blue, sets a strong tone with harmonizing guitars and a lead vocal flooded with emotion and Color. The chorus is a personal favorite part of mine. The raw instrumentation paired with the soulful vocals creates captivating contrast to the slowed-down bridge leading up to the final refrain. Another song to highlight is OK, which delivers warm, nostalgic vibes, and something I'll be listening to throughout the summer.
In short, the whole EP rocks, and especially if you're into a raw garage sound, this is a group you don't want to skip. Stream on Spotify:
For Fans of: The Strokes, Cage the Elephant