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Tennis Proves To Be More Enjoyable Than The Sport

Tennis at the Horseshoe Tavern
Tennis
The Darcys
Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto, ON
February 25, 2011

Review by: Natalia Buia
Photos by: Amanda Fotes

Three bands, all unique in their own way, played the Horseshoe Tavern on February 25. The Darcys may seem like an unusual pairing with Tennis but it made for one stellar show.

Tennis

The story behind Tennis is a romantic one. Married couple Patrick Riley (guitar) and Alaina Moore (keys) set sail across the Atlantic coastline for a remarkable eight month voyage. Their new release, Cape Dory, documents their journey through song. So of course, nautical themes lie within their surf-pop sound. The duo from Denver graced the Horseshoe stage for a sold-out performance of some of their finest songs from their debut album, beginning with "Seafarer".

The two lovers created a yearning for summer as they serenaded everyone with "Take Me Somewhere" and "Marathon". It certainly felt like summer inside the sold-out venue. I believe I used the phrase, "hot as a crotch" to describe the atmosphere that night. Appreciation for the ever-so-cute Tennis grew with every sweat bead that trickled down our faces. Moore even admitted that they are too cute for their own good. Then she announced, "So, this next song is about drugs!"

Rather than playing the entire album from start to finish, a few new unreleased songs were thrown into the mix. One in particular, "New Year", proved that less is more. Their miminalist sound (contrary to the previous act) is still fresh enough to captivate audiences of all ages, though the majority in attendance at the Horseshoe remains young and hip.

Tennis, in my opinion, were most enchanting when they played "Pigeon", which I have dubbed the most precious love song since "Harvest Moon". "This song is about Patrick," Alaina told the audience. "And drugs!"

In the game of tennis, love is used to call out a score of zero. In the case of Tennis, the band, I'd use love to call out a score much, much higher!

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The Darcys

Our local boys, The Darcys, instilled Canadian pride, following Florida group Holiday Shores. It's been four years since The Darcy's debut and they have been working hard to promote their 7-inch, The House Built Around Your Voice.

To get a Darcys fix, one must attend a show to hear the new songs containing intricate layers of distorted guitar and brooding basslines underneath Jason Couse's melodic, Thom Yorke-like voice. Couse was certainly the ying to Mike Le Riche's yang, as Couse was more mobile. Sitting, standing, on the piano, shaking a tambourine; what can't he do?

The set felt a lot shorter than ones I've seen in the past, but perhaps this is just the band being a tease as I impatiently await their full length album. I'm curious to hear what songs can top "Edmonton to Purgatory".

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