Bands You Haven’t Heard Of: Tennis

There is quite a bit of amazing music out there for audiophiles. Unfortunately, the vast majority of that music is rather difficult to find for the average person. Fear no more!  This is the first article in our new series entitled “Bands You Haven’t Heard Of (But Should!).”

The first band I will be introducing you lovely geeks to is known as “Tennis,” whose name is actually an inside joke about Patrick Riley, the guitarist, playing the sport in college. Riley’s wife, Alaina Moore, is part of the band, and James Barone on drums completes the trio.  Their music is different, to say the least. The label of “indie pop” is usually the one most frequently associated with Tennis, but that is such a wide generalization nowadays that it must be extrapolated upon.  

Tennis’ music has a very warm feeling to it. Those of you who are familiar with the sound of vinyls are probably aware of the contrast between listening to a vinyl record and listening to the same track digitally. This is due to the fact that vinyl is analog, which provides a continuous sound. Digital music, on the other hand, is divided into bits (the smallest possible form of information) and is much more accurate in than analog music. Funny enough, the distortions that are often present in analog music are often quite pleasing to the ear.  Somehow, Tennis has taken that warm vinyl feel and translated much of it over into their digital recordings (they even have vinyl copies available of their albums, but I have not yet had the pleasure of acquiring one), and I love it. It’s a fun, sonically refreshing departure from the vast majority of other music available today. When I listen to them, I am reminded of the Beach Boys, and that is quite high-praise indeed. You can get a feel for what I’m talking about by watching the slightly strange music video below!

That’s it for this first BYHHO!  If you think you might be interested in Tennis, you can go to for a free download of their song “Never Work for Free.”

David Austin Black

Political science student whose hobbies include reading, listening to music, and keeping up with current events. Resident music reviewer here at Geeks Under Grace.


  1. Drew Koehler on November 3, 2014 at 7:14 am

    Wow they sound awesome. Thanks for introducing me to them. They are right up my alley!

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