In just six months, the heavenly Hooton Tennis Club, who take their name from a road sign pointing to a tennis club in North-West Cheshire, have gone from unheard of Uni students making rough demos, to the extremely laid back releasers of the new album Highest Point In Cliff Town. The album consists of 12 equally dopey afternoon ready tunes, each holding a dishevelled form of charm which grows on you quickly, until becoming the perfect melodic accompaniment to your long fuzzy not-so-summer days.
The “scuzzy, Jesus And Mary Chain-influenced noise” is not dissimilar to the noise we have heard emanate out of the famously chill LA music scene, but rather than typical American surf/punk vibes, the Hooton boys manage to put a truly British spin on their music, which is perfectly demonstrated with this album. With lyrics so mundane that they practically ooze ‘i don’t care’, Highest Point In Cliff Town manages to capture a part of the everyday which feels a comfort to the ears, on tracks such as Kathleen Sat On The Arm Of Her Favourite Chair: ‘even if you’re lonely we can go for a walk in the park or – maybe go swimming? I hope we don’t drown’.
The album contains numerous unforgettable song titles, such as ..And Then Camilla Drew Fourteen Dots On Her Knee andSomething Much Quicker Than Anyone But Jennifer Could Imagine. P.O.W.E.R.F.U.L P.I.E.R.R.E well displays the not easily found balance of angsty raw vocals and gloriously clumsy sounds, taking you to somewhere perhaps not so far away as you listen to the singer complain about the awful Pierre, and by the end of the track you are totally sick of him too. With the rumoured motto of ‘Seize the day, tomorrow’, Hooton Tennis Club feel more like a group of your wonderfully sloppy mates than a band from up North.
With influences including Bob Dylan and The Velvet Underground, we can only hope that the warm reception the new album has received will encourage Hooton Tennis Club to keep hitting us in the face with more material, and as the summer begins to draw to a slow, brain dead end, Highest Point In Cliff Town should definitely become the soundtrack to the end of your summer.
Words by Ruby G