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Hooton Tennis Club is a four-piece indie-rock band from the Wirral consisting of Ryan Murphy (vocals/guitar), James Madden (vocals/guitar), Callum McFadden (bass) and Harry Chalmers (drums) formed in 2013.[1] They are signed to Heavenly Recordings and have released two albums and a number of singles.[2]

Hooton Tennis Club
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Background information
OriginWirral, England
Genresindie rock, noise pop, garage rock, jangle pop
Years active2013 (2013)–present
LabelsHeavenly Records
Associated actsPink River Dolphins, Artists Only, Seatbelts, Zuzu
MembersRyan Murphy
James Madden
Callum McFadden
Harry Chalmers



The band members first met at Upton by Chester High School, although Madden and McFadden had known each other prior to that at primary school. Towards the end of 2013 the four began to write songs together.[1] In January 2014 they were featured by Dave Monks on his BBC Introducing show in Merseyside, after which they were picked up by the not-for-profit The Label Recordings based at Edge Hill University.[3][4] They recorded a four-track EP I Was a Punk in Europe (But My Mum Didn’t Mind), which was described as "trash-indie psychedelic".[5] In September 2014 it was announced that the band had signed with Heavenly Recordings.[6] In February 2015 they released their first single "Jasper/Standing Knees".[7] It was followed by second single, "Kathleen Sat On The Arm Of Her Favourite Chair".[8] Their debut album Highest Point In Cliff Town was produced by Bill Ryder-Jones.[9] The name of the band was taken from a tennis courts in Little Sutton.[10] The band played a headlining tour around the UK and Europe in support of the album.[11][12]

The band recorded their second album, Big Box of Chocolates at Edwyn Collins' Helmsdale studio in the spring of 2016. The album was released 21 October 2016.[13] The first single from the album is "Katy-Anne Bellis".[14] Singer Madden noted that with the album the band attempted to "come out of the sloppy slacker tag".[15]

Currently, the band are on an indefinite hiatus.



Highest Point In Cliff Town (2015, Heavenly Recordings)

Big Box Of Chocolates (2016, Heavenly Recordings)


Long-Barrelled Saturday (2013)

I Was A Punk In Europe (But My Mum Didn’t Mind) (2013)

Oh Phantom, Please Don't! (2014, as "Hootin' Terrors Klub")


"Jasper" (2015)

"Standing Knees" (2015)

"Kathleen Sat On The Arm Of Her Favourite Chair" (2015)

"P.O.W.E.R.F.U.L. P.I.E.R.R.E." (2015)

"Barstool Blues" (by Neil Young) (split with The Wytches) (2015)

"Katy-Anne Bellis" (2016)

"Bootcut Jimmy The G" (2016)

"O Man, Won't You Melt Me?" (2016)


  1. ^ a b Guy, Peter (12 February 2015). "Liverpool music: Buzz band of the week - Hooton Tennis Club". liverpoolecho.
  2. ^ "Hooton Tennis Club". Discogs. Retrieved 9 October 2015.
  3. ^ "04/01/2014, BBC Introducing in Merseyside - BBC Radio Merseyside". BBC. Retrieved 9 October 2015.
  4. ^ "Student success as Hooton Tennis Club sign record deal - News". News. Edge Hill University. Retrieved 9 October 2015.
  5. ^ "Hooton Tennis Club - I Was A Punk In Europe (But My Mum Didn't Mind)". 7 May 2014. Retrieved 9 October 2015.
  6. ^ "Hooton Tennis Club net deal with Heavenly Recordings and reveal first single Jasper". Getintothis. 5 September 2014. Retrieved 9 October 2015.
  7. ^ "Next Wave #628: Hooton Tennis Club". Clash Magazine.
  8. ^ "Hooton Tennis Club - Kathleen Sat On The Arm Of Her Favourite Chair". Discogs. Retrieved 9 October 2015.
  9. ^ Ryan, Gary (12 May 2015). "New Band Of The Week - How Hooton Tennis Club Got A Helping Hand From Robbie Williams". NME.COM.
  10. ^ "Hooton Tennis Club: The Best of What's Next".
  11. ^ "New Video Alert - P.O.W.E.R.F.U.L P.I.E.R.R.E - Hooton Tennis Club".
  12. ^ Smith, Ben (3 November 2015). "Hooton Tennis Club Interview: Slowly Conquering The World". Retrieved 22 November 2016.
  13. ^ Lowerson, Adam (15 April 2016). "GIT Award nominee profile #3: Hooton Tennis Club". Getintothis. Retrieved 17 October 2016.
  14. ^ "Hooton Tennis Club - 'Katy-Anne Bellis'". Clash Magazine. Retrieved 17 October 2016.
  15. ^ Walters, Tom (21 October 2016). "Serving up an ace: Hooton Tennis Club". DIY. Retrieved 22 November 2016.