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Hooton Tennis Club

The euphoric, jangling guitar rock of Liverpool's Hooton Tennis Club is both goofy and disarmingly smart, bathed in swoony summertime vibes and hummable hooks. The quartet's debut album, Highest Point in Cliff Town, dropped in late August on Heavenly Recordings on the heels of wiry singles like "Jasper" and "Kathleen Sat On the Arm of her Favourite Chair." While there's a raucous '90s squall to their sound, the four childhood friends (who hail from Chester and Ellesmere Port) found inspiration in the very contemporary, DIY way that bands like Deerhunter recorded music and built their fanbase. Signed by their record label after a mere three live gigs, Hooton Tennis Club reached out to the eclectically-minded Bill Ryder Jones, former guitarist for the Coral, to produce the dozen songs on the album, all of which reflect real experiences in their lives.