Hooton Tennis Club
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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. They are signed to Heavenly Recordings and have released two albums and a number of singles.
Hooton Tennis Club
|Genres||indie rock, noise pop, garage rock, jangle pop|
|Associated acts||Pink River Dolphins, Artists Only, Seatbelts, Zuzu|
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. 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. 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". In September 2014 it was announced that the band had signed with Heavenly Recordings. In February 2015 they released their first single "Jasper/Standing Knees". It was followed by second single, "Kathleen Sat On The Arm Of Her Favourite Chair". Their debut album Highest Point In Cliff Town was produced by Bill Ryder-Jones. The name of the band was taken from a tennis courts in Little Sutton. The band played a headlining tour around the UK and Europe in support of the album.
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. The first single from the album is "Katy-Anne Bellis". Singer Madden noted that with the album the band attempted to "come out of the sloppy slacker tag".
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")
"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)
"Katy-Anne Bellis" (2016)
"Bootcut Jimmy The G" (2016)
"O Man, Won't You Melt Me?" (2016)
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