The Quiet Finale' is the debut full-length from North London trio Super Tennis, previously seen playing out with like-minded contemporaries Hot Club de Paris, Johnny Foreigner and Tubelord. In a style labelled 'wrong-pop' (Kruger Magazine), Super Tennis have crafted a record packed with tunes but without choruses, reflecting the short attention spans of their authors by surging from hook to hook, matching the joyfully throwaway with the calmly introspective without ever losing their sense of fun. Shared vocals are shouted and sung against tight rhythms while guitars chime, jab and swirl, bringing to mind influences from Q And Not U and Les Savy Fav to Devo and The Replacements.
Written around the 'concept' of the rise and fall of a house party, these twelve songs capture the rush and fall of early-hours shenanigans in their opening sequence. From pure pop ('Pushinsky') to ragged yelp-pop ('B. Purdie'), these songs aren't afraid of living-room dancefloors, collapsing into the epic-in-miniature ('B-Rad', 'L. Ron Hubbard') and ending in the hushed 'Quiet Finale' of the title. Elsewhere, 'Theme Song', a bona-fide 'hit' last released on Banquet Records in summer of last year, brings wide grins and bubblegum nonsense. Lyrically, Super Tennis stick to what they know (work, friends, ex-Liverpool ace Steve McManaman), all the time giving the impression of three friends for whom playing this music is the reward for the working week.
'The Quiet Finale' is available on iTunes, Spotify and CdBaby from February 7th.