The much anticipated second album from Denver-based Tennis, “Young and Old,” is set for release February 14, 2012 on Fat Possum Records. Their widely praised debut “Cape Dory,” which The Wall Street Journal called “a winsome set of breezy pop songs,” was released earlier this year. For their forthcoming album guitarist Patrick Riley, vocalist Aliana Moore and drummer James Barone headed to Nashville to work with The Black Keys’ Patrick Carney.
After the success of their first album and touring for the better part of a year that included shows as far away as Moscow, Riley and Moore returned home and realized what was initially a bedroom-recording project had quickly evolved into a band. The challenge of a second record was upon them, but songwriting came quickly and in three months the duo had most of the material for their new album. The goal this time was to mature and vary their sound. Riley describes the new direction as “Stevie Nicks going through a Motown phase.” By the time they hooked up with Carney, they had fleshed out most of the songs that would comprise “Young and Old.” With their friend and mentor at the producer helm, the recording progressed naturally and within three weeks the album was done.
Tennis was born of Riley and Moore’s nearly seven-month sailing trip, which consisted of selling all their possessions, purchasing an old sailboat, repairing it, and cruising up and down the eastern seaboard. Upon returning home, the duo began writing music together as a way to document the history of their shared experience. The result was “Cape Dory,” an intimate and concise recollection of life on a 30-foot sloop.