IF YOU GO:
What: Tennis with Landing On The Moon
When: 9 p.m. Wednesday
Where: Slowdown, 729 N. 14th St.
Information: www.onepercentproductions.com, 402-345-7569
After Tennis gained notoriety, praise and momentum for its debut album, “Cape Dory,” they pulled the plug on touring and went back into the studio.
The band was afraid to kill the momentum, but they wanted more than 10 songs under their belt.
“That was the only bit of music that we had ever written,” said singer Alaina Moore. “I also don't feel like we would be able to make good music or play good shows if we don't have some normal life in the interim. Whether or not it's good for our career, we don't know.”
The result was “Young & Old,” a group of songs with more of a rock edge that still sound like classic pop. Producer Patrick Carney, known best as the drummer for The Black Keys, helped the band expand in new directions.
“Cape Dory” had a 1950s and '60s feel and was full of a surf beat, which Moore said she performed so much that she became sick of it.
It's not the only thing she was sick of.
“Cape Dory” caught on not only because of its pop melodies, but also the story behind it: Moore and her husband, guitarist Patrick Riley, wrote the album on a sailing trip.
Moore and Riley want to put more emphasis on the music, which is how they got noticed in the first place.
“The mythical legend: the sailing couple,” she said. “Our music came first and people liked us for our music, but then it was a paradigm shift and all people talked about was the sailing. It was flattering, but also tiring. I wanted to settle in and be a normal band.”
The band's fall tour starts in Omaha on Wednesday. With its energy and edge, the new music is extremely cathartic to play live, Moore said.
“Sometimes you don't feel like you're in this romantic, naive '50s mood anymore. Sometimes you feel a little more morose or serious or hard-edged. You can't convey that emotionally when the music you've written is in a totally different state of mind,” Moore said. “We had evolved as human beings. (“Young & Old”) has a little more edge and a little more rock and roll in it.”
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