Behind Tennis System’s sweat-drenched performances, the Orange amps, and squalling anthems, is the trio of guitarist and singer Matty Taylor, bassist Sam Glassberg and drummer Garren Orr.
It was in gritty Washington, DC, that a young Taylor, the band’s founder, steeped in the music of Fugazi, Bad Brains, and Nation of Ulysses -- the sounds of discord and dissent that now underpin Tennis System’s sound. And yet, it was Los Angeles that inspired the band’s most recent album, Technicolour Blind. A heady fever-dream of a record, it mined the city’s thrilling beauty and starkly menacing underbelly in songs such “Such a Drag.” Consequence of Sound called Technicolour Blind “a beautiful ode to feeling really shitty.”
Tennis System’s slash-and-burn live shows, however, are proof this is a band best experienced in real time. - Lavanya Ramanathan