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Tennis is an Indie Pop duo from Denver, Colorado, made up of husband and wife Patrick Riley and Alaina Moore. The couple met in a philosophy class at the University of Colorado in 2008, and decided to form a band following an eight-month sailing trip down the Eastern Seaboard of the USA after graduation. Their first album, Cape Dory, documents their experiences from that trip.

Despite being from Flyover Country, Tennis has the soft, lo-fi, lively sounds associated with surf pop, influenced by bands like The Shirelles.


Tennis discography:

Studio Albums
  • Cape Dory (2011)
  • Young & Old (2012)
  • Ritual in Repeat (2014)
  • Yours Conditionally (2017)
  • Swimmer (2020)


  • Small Sound (2013)
  • We Can Die Happy (2017)

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  • Concept Album: Cape Dory was written as a way of documenting the couple's experiences while sailing down the east coast of America in 2010. Several of the songs are named for places they visited - "South Carolina", "Baltimore", "Bimini Bay" in Miami, and "Marathon" in the Florida Keys.
  • Creator Couple: Alaina and Patrick met in 2008, married in 2009, and started making music in 2010, which makes them one of the rare examples of this trope who met outside of the music industry.
  • Darker and Edgier: Not to the point of actually becoming dark and edgy, but Young & Old and Ritual in Repeat were produced by old hands of the rock world Patrick Carney of The Black Keys and Jim Eno of Spoon. This resulted in a subtle but noticable move away from the tweeness of Cape Dory to a slightly more intense sound.
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  • Pop Revival: Their sound is heavily influenced by harmonious '60s pop groups like The Shirelles, and their look purposefully evokes The '60s and The '70s through hair, clothes, and video direction.
  • Song Style Shift: In "Need Your Love", the tempo is slowed down in each chorus.
  • Textless Album Cover: Swimmer

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