Tennis Sells Out Music Hall of Williamsburg

March 6th, 2012

Tennis – Music Hall of Williamsburg – March 5, 2012

There’s something kind of adorable about the band Tennis. This is in part due to their unusual origins. Led by Alaina Moore and Patrick Riley, Tennis started after the two met in college and, upon graduating, decided to set out on a seven-month sailing expedition down the East Coast. Inspired by their time at sea, the two decided to write music based off their experiences. Now married and fresh off the heels of their latest release, Young and Old, produced by the Black Keys’ Patrick Carney, the two continue their voyage on land bringing their sea-inspired sounds to new audiences.

Moore and Riley’s relationship is worth noting in part because of how much it’s likely to have inspired their sunny sound. With organs backing Moore’s warm voice, their music almost sounds like a sunnier version of the organ-heavy Beach House. Moore seemed genuinely appreciative of the sold-out crowd last night at Music Hall of Williamsburg, noting that New York City is usually seen as the high point of any band’s tour. She rewarded the crowd by divulging that a few days earlier she was promised an opportunity to fulfill a childhood dream and be a part of a “girlie magazine’s” stylized photo shoot (she wouldn’t disclose which one), only to find out that they were actually being shot as a part of a Tic-Tac advertisement. “What the fuck? I thought I would be promoting my band!” joked Moore. They decided not to go through with the shoot and left instead.

Tennis ended with the dangerously catchy “Origins,” which the audience simply refused to accept as the last song, so the band returned to the stage for two more, ending with the sing-along “Marathon.” Also worth noting is the on-the-rise openers Hospitality, who powered through a killer set of their own filled with bursts of unexpected catchy guitar riffs followed by lulled moments of lead singer Amber Papini’s straightforward lyrics. Expect much more to come from this New York City-based band. —Dan Rickershauser

Photos courtesy of Mike Benigno |