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After releasing their debut album Highest Point In Cliff Town in August, Hooton Tennis Club embarked on their first tour in support of their debut. The Liverpudlian four-piece took to the stage not long after half nine and set up in an odd fashion with bass player Callum McFadden taking centre stage with Ryan Murphy (vocalist and guitarist) and James Madden standing either side of him.
The band launched straight into their debut album opener ‘Up in the Air’ where their indie-pop hooks are on show straight away, with the audience grooving along and getting the feel good vibes that their album oozes.
The set runs along smoothly with the crowd taking in the bands feel good indie tunes, crowd interaction kept to a minimum until the band kicked into fan favourite ‘P.O.W.E.R.F.U.L P.I.E.R.R.E’ where almost immediately a swarm of teenagers leaped onto the stage for not the only stage invasion of tonight. The song’s catchy chorus is sang back to the band and the whole room seems to dance together. Madden thanks the stage invaders and jokes: “The next song is ‘P.O.W.E.R.F.U.L P.I.E.R.R.E’”. As the set went on however, you felt that they may have played their trump card a bit too early.
The set comes to a close with a triple whammy of album standouts ‘Kathleen Sat On The Arm Of Her Favourite Chair’ (Hooton Tennis Club aren’t fans of simple song titles), ‘Jasper’, the band’s first official single, and then finally ‘Always Coming Back 2 You’.
The band’s final song see the stage invaders return and you could see the smile Madden has from a mile away. A humble moment for a band on a constant rise, catch them while you can at a small venue because you might not get a chance to once album number two comes around.
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