Hooton Tennis Club announce new album and tour

Hooton Tennis Club announce new album and tour

Pleased that Hooton Tennis Club will be heading to London Garage on Wednesday 16th November as part of an extensive UK tour.       

Tickets go on sale Friday 19 August at 9am http://gigst.rs/htc.

Hooton Tennis Club Announce details of the release of their new album.

 

Hooton Tennis Club have announced details of their second album, Big Box Of Chocolates, which is released on Heavenly Recordings on Friday October 21st 2016.

 

Produced by Edwyn Collins at his Clashnarrow Studios in Helmsdale, Scotland, the track listing of the 12-track album is as follows:

 

1.   Growing Concerns

2.   Bootcut Jimmy The G

3.   Bad Dream (Breakdown on St. George’s Mount)

4.   Sit Like Ravi

5.   Katy-Anne Bellis

6.   O Man, Won’t You Melt Me

7.   Statue Of The Greatest Woman I Know

8.   Meet Me At Molly Bench

9.   Lauren, I’m In Love!

10. Frostbitten In Fen Ditton

11. Lazers Linda

12. Big Box Of Chocolates

 

 

If their debut album, Highest Point In Cliff Town, released in August last year, was the band’s sprightly statement of intent, Big Box of Chocolates may well be their coming-of-age: a record that retains all the colour and invention of their debut, while being elevated by richer instrumentation and lyrics that hint at slightly heavier themes: love and loss, nihilism and the ‘non-spaces’ of Northern England, all delivered in the band’s typically laconic, bittersweet style, like a Mersey Beat Murakami.

 

The dozen tracks continue the band’s knack of combining catchy off-kilter riffs with droll storytelling; album narrators – vocalists and guitarists Ryan Murphy and James Madden – seem to straddle optimism and uncertainty with their lyrics, whether singing about their internal worlds or commenting on a motley cast of characters (Bootcut Jimmy, BBC 6Music presenter Lauren Laverne, Lazers Linda…) who turn up across the album’s 41 minutes to amuse, tempt or torment them. Whether fictional (the awkward genius Jimmy ‘looking shifty in his new shoes’) or real (Ryan’s ex-housemate immortalised in first single ‘Katy-Anne Bellis’), each character shares an equal platform, all revered in Hooton’s own low-key way.

 

Recorded over three weeks in Helmsdale, during which time they all grew beards, drank copious amounts of tea, became birdwatchers and whiskey tipplers, the album reflects the band’s RELAXED approach to songwriting ; they tend not to labour over recording demos or strumming and beating the life out of songs in the practice room  -instead, ideas are allowed to form spontaneously: melodies are hummed into phones or computers, lyrics batted back and forth between Murphy and Madden, songs worked out alone in the bedroom, or layered up from scratch together in the studio.

 

Formed in Ellesmere Port in Cheshire in 2013, musically, their inspirations range from Big Star to Can while elsewhere, they’re influenced by authors who deliver a ‘down and out skewed view of the world’ like Kurt Vonnegut, Hermann Hesse, Henry Miller.

 

Having previously toured the UK and Europe, played countless festivals including Glastonbury and Green Man, five shows at SXSW and nine shows at CMJ New York, the band have announced an extensive U.K. and European tour at the end of the year. The full list of dates is as follows:

 

OCTOBER

22nd     Birmingham                               All Years Leaving

24th     Dublin                                       Grand Social

26th     Leeds                                        Wardrobe

27th     Norwich                        Waterfront Studio

29th     Glasgow                                    Hug & Pint

30th     Edinburgh                                  Electric Circus

31st      Newcastle                                 Think Tank

 

NOVEMBER      

1st      Sheffield                                   Leadmill

3rd      Cambridge                                 Portland Arms

5th      Cardiff                                      Globe

6th      Manchester                               Deaf Institute

7th      Bristol                                       Thekla

8th      Guildford                                  Boileroom

9th      Milton Keynes                            Crauford Arms

10th     Brighton                                    Bleach

12th     St Albans                                   Horn

13th     Southampton                             The Joiners

15th     Nottingham                               Bodega

16th     London                                      The Garage

17th     Tunbridge Wells           The Forum

19th     Brussels                                    Botanique Witloofbar

21st      Amsterdam                               Paradiso

22nd     Hamburg                                   Molotow

23rd     Cologne                                     MTC

24th     Berlin                                        Cassiopeia

25th     Vienna                                      Chelsea

26th     Bologne                                     Covo Club

28th     Zurich                                       Neo

29th     Paris                                         Supersonic

 

DECEMBER                   

9th      Liverpool                                   Invisible Wind Factory

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