Hooton Tennis Club formed when good friends Khal, Haz, J. Dean, and Uncle Ry spent a few days recording some songs in a bedroom. Out of these haphazard sessions came the band’s first EP,‘Long-Barrelled Saturday’, which ended up sounding like a forgotten EP from a 90s alt rock band. The boys followed this up with another EP, which they called ‘I Was A Punk In Europe (But My Mum Didn’t Mind)’. This EP was recorded in the same way, except this time the band had a tambourine, a list of girls’ names, and a particularly bad experience at a party.
With not so memorable song titles such as: 'Kathleen Sat On The Arm Of Her Favourite Chair' and 'Much Quicker Than Anyone But Jennifer Could Imagine', the EP was an instant smash hit! Radio DJs such as Dave Monks, Janice Long, and Stuart Maconie started playing it, and eventually, Carl Hunter (The Farm) got hold of it and decided to release 'Kathleen Sat On The Arm Of Her Favourite Chair' as a single on The Label Recordings.
Soon after, Hooton Tennis Club played Liverpool’s Sound City Festival, where they were introduced to Jeff Barrett from Heavenly Recordings. The band played their 10th show in London on cassette store day; celebrating with two cassette releases: one on Rough Trade and one on Fluffer Records. Jeff had attended most of the shows since Sound City Festival, and eventually offered the boys a record deal, which they signed, with a black pen, in a field, in south London. Then, Bill Ryder- Jones (The Coral) invited the band over to his bedroom to work on some more songs. They plan to take over the world, once they’ve finished watching The West Wing. If you’re wondering what the band sounds like, below is a string of adjectives other people have used to describe them so far:
“Sloppy, Shiny, Melodic, Fuzzy, Sweet, Glum, Surprising, Sexy, Incoherent, Bright, Nice, Eager, Drippy, Clumsy, Glorious (NME, 2014), Effortless, Awkward, Loud, Floppy, Energetic, Romantic, Musical, Clean, Delicious, Cringing, Incredible, Consistent, Bright, Rubbish, Magical, Quiet, Concise.”
Lastly, Hooton Tennis Club's motto is sometimes “Seize the day, tomorrow.”, but this has been widely regarded as misinformation. So it goes.
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