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ALBUM REVIEW: Hooton Tennis Club – Big Box of Chocolates

ALBUM REVIEW: Hooton Tennis Club – Big Box of Chocolates Photo Credit: Press

buy Soma with no rx Hooton Tennis Club is a four-piece consisting indie-rock fans Ryan Murphy (vocals/guitar), James Madden (vocals/guitar); Callum McFadden (bass) and Harry Chalmers (drums). Formed back in 2013, the boys have an album and a number of singles already under their belt. Having met one another at Upton by Chester High School, they forged a shared musical love and a connection was formed. Rising to prominence in a quick space of time – getting spots on BBC Introducing by 2014 – it has been a jam-packed past two years for the band. Showing promise and originality on the four-track E.P., I Was a Punk in Europe (But My Mum Didn’t Mind); they have toned down the wordiness but upped the ante. That E.P. was a described as being trash-indie with psychedelia thrown into the melting pot. With a colourful band painting adorning the cover: Highest Point In Cliff Town was produced by The Coral’s Bill Ryder-Jones and saw the band play European headline shows – critics raving and celebrating a band hungry for success and armed with the necessary tools.

http://www.bigleaguekickball.com/about/ Buying Soma overnight delivery Little is known about the boys behind the music. There are a few interviews available online but they are not your in-the-face-take-a-look-at-us merchants; all desperate for attention, egos sagging from their pockets. A certain modesty and maturity can not only be found in the personalities (of the members) but the music too. The band’s debut L.P. mixed shades of Parquet Courts and of-the-moment contemporaries, the album was certainly fresh, relevant and of-the-times. If some of the lyrics (on that album) hinted at mature shoulders beneath young heads; the music was a gleeful and fun-loving exploration into various genres and alleyways. Vibing from Ryder-Jones’ experience, cheekiness and experimental nature – the music had an improvised edge but was not lazily tossed-off; always consummately professional and focused. Not letting the dust settle of wasting any time – a lot of their contemporaries take years between albums – the boys have been back in the studio, and a year on from their debut, unveil their sophomore effort.

soma cod saturday Big Box of Chocolates hints at unpredictability, variety and an assortment of flavoursome tunes. It is the band’s coming-of-age statement and whilst retaining the colourful inventions of their debut, pushes their sound and sees the quartet assess heavier tones – looking at bittersweet loss and love’s tribulations. Described as a sort of Merseyside-based Murakami – Japanese surrealism and northern wit – that is enough to get the juices working overtime, surely? The droll storytelling and blend of optimism and cynicism is back but is joined on its quest with a new-found narrative; one that brings in the likes of Lauren Laverne (more favourably than Sleaford Mods did) and Bootcut Jimmy. The band members – whilst drinking excessive amounts of tea, bird-watching and growing their facial hair – batted lyrics to one another and laid down ideas quickly – gathering that spontaneity and urgency down onto tape. Has this more ‘sedate’ recording setting affected the band’s debut-era youthfulness and spirit?

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cod pharmacy soma Growing Concerns opens a Big Box of Chocolates with an orange-flavoured tangy treat. Kicking percussion and a woozy, punk-edgy lead vocals find the frontman sitting around “feeling so assured”. Sound samples – a dog barking – and a forty-day trek – a distant vocal declaration that adds new dimensions – provides some quirkiness and obliqueness. Mixing shades of Blur into the fold; the song has a distinct swagger and mystery. Perhaps not as explosive an opener as one would hope: it is an intriguing lead-off that contains plenty of yowling guitars and confident performances – the band providing plenty of twists and turns along the way. Following the locomotive, eccentric and ravaged tones of the opening track: Bootcut Jimmy the G has some ‘60s edges and a racing narrative. The song’s hero is a “genius” – perhaps an ironic statement – and someone that provokes imagery.

Soma overnight no consult fast delivery Dressing like “an old man” and creating some mirth: the band shows a real flair for words, story and wit. Sit Like Ravi – the band creating an album dedicated to people they know – shows the sonic variety and compendium of ideas at their disposal. Gentler and more contemplative than any song on the album: a lilting, compassionate song where the boys put their hearts out there. Current single Katie-Anne Bellis looks at a departed flatmate; a departure that causes sadness in the ranks. She is moving uptown and is an observational slice-of-life commentary that demonstrates how real and relatable the band is. Lauren, I’m In Love is about, one suspects, the aforementioned Laverne – keeping the lead company during the day (via the radio) and providing warmth and sonic sensations.

soma without prescription COD Big Box of Chocolates is not a coincidental title. Songs, whilst looking at real figures and modest themes, vary in tone and sound but retain a distinct Hooton Tennis Club vibe. A few of the tracks do sound too close to one another and shades of Blur are evident in many numbers – other bands make their way into the album, too. A slight lack of originality and some sameness does not detract from a sophomore record that not only overcomes the ‘difficult second album’ curse/trope but sees the band mature their sound without losing their essentialness and vitality. Constantly engaging sonically; always lyrically interesting and vocally arresting: a sturdy and solid album from a band that has a lot more to offer. It would have been nice to see more of the oddity and quirkiness of the debut and a little more spit and drive in general. It is a playful album that creates smiles and shows ample depth and nuance. Big Box of Chocolates is a selection of songs with few nasty surprises and bad aftertastes (I’ll stop with the chocolate analogies!). By no means perfect, but ripe with memorable and heart-warming songs: a real treat from one of our more promising bands of the moment.

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