Written by Patrick McNamara
Tennis System is Matty Taylor. He lives in Los Angeles. I hear it’s nice there this time of year. Taylor makes super melodic sunshine shoegaze that, to me, sounds a little bit like Wavves meets The Vaccines meets The Pains of Being Pure at Heart. But to you, Tennis System might sound like something else. Celine Dion meets Minor Threat meets Conway Twitty, perhaps. Or, Sade meets Phil Collins meets Stryper or something. I don’t know.
Why did I have to go and start this thing by slinging band comparisons? I’m always doing that! There’s really no need to box anybody on here. Basically, Tennis System can sound like whoever you want meets whoever you want meets whoever you want. It’s only rock ‘n roll, yo. I’m OK. You’re OK. Everything is equally right and true and we’re all doing juuuuust fine. Do we all understand each other? Good. Then I shall forever deny ever having this discussion.
The most important thing you need to know is that Tennis System is pretty much just a listenable delight. That I can tell you. And that I don’t back down from. They’re poppy. They’re loud in the nice way. The guitars swirl like a pleasant tilt-o-whirl (not to be confused with the most unpleasant Gravitron). They’ve got jingle. They’ve got jangle. And sometimes Tennis System’s guitar solos leave me considering the possibility that maybe I perhaps might have just fallen a tiny little bit in love with something resembling musical glee.
Take this “The Summer After” song that I’ve conveniently posted for you below (and let me tell you - I had to work all sorts of favors and angles to post it - and JK - it took me two seconds!). Please stream it. What’s there not to like about this song? It’s just a listenable delight, I tell you. A LISTENABLE DELIGHT.
Again, it’s totally 100% OK if you don’t think Tennis System sounds like Wavves meets The Vaccines meets The Pains. I ain’t mad at ya. I mean, you’re completely wrong. And my opinion is more noble than yours. But it’s all good. No worries. (JK! LOL! ROFL! EOKFUSDNFSODFHSDHSDHSAHAHAHAHAHAHA!)