La proliferación de ciertos sonidos surgidos a raíz de un éxito comercial es un fenómeno que se ha ido dando a lo largo de los años de historia de la música popular. En los tiempos que corremos de globalización y de consumo masivo e inmediato no iba a ser menos, y el fenómeno se sigue produciendo. Digo todo esto para justificar el surgimiento de infinidad de bandas que se dedican a facturar un tipo de sonido demasiado “parecido”: reunión chico-chica o chica-chica para facturar una suerte de Pop-Lo-Fi con ciertos aires Retro. The Raveonettes podrían ser quienes abrieron de alguna manera la puerta. Después Dum Dum Girls, Beach Fossils, Best Coast, hasta She and Him. Tennis son un matrimonio de Denver (Alaina Moore y Patrick Riley) de quienes dicen que un día empeñaron sus posesiones, se compraron un barco y se pusieron a componer temas en la onda del Baby It´s You, de Burt Bacharach interpretado por The Shirelles. Oyendo sus temas uno se da cuenta de que hasta cierto punto ésto es cierto, porque su sonido tiene mucho del Pop de los primeros sesenta e incluso de los grupos vocales de finales de los cincuenta. Ello unido a su sonido, auténticamente Lo-Fi, hacen que los incluyamos en esta hornada de bandas de las que hablábamos anteriormente, lo cual no tiene por qué ser negativo en ninguna manera. Su disco es aprovechable e imagino que prometerán más para un futuro.
“With $1,600 and a knowledge of the seas that came entirely from “The Annapolis Book of Seamanship” and DVDs, the couple set off for a year of adventure (sharks, reefs, storms, navigating by hand-bearing compass) that would fulfill Riley’s childhood dream. What they couldn’t predict was that being cut off from the United States music scene — limited power on the boat meant that they could only listen to a handful of songs every day — meant they’d come to discover their own sound.
“There were no instruments on the boat — we had to reacquire all the musical equipment we sold to take the trip in the first place,” said Moore, who was home on her day off from her retail job. “One day we were in a bar in the Florida Keys and ‘Baby It’s You’ by the Shirelles came on. We’d never heard it before, but we loved the wall-of-sound thing, and decided right then that we’d try to create that when we got back.”
They started writing the songs, which have a pleasantly angular take on the girl-group sound, at home this past January as a way to process the trip. Their sailing blog, White Satin Gloves — which they quickly typed up while they plugged in their power strip at bars — couldn’t convey their incredible journey. “It was a huge letdown going back to regular life and not being able to express things, like how a shark was feeding next to us while we were eating oatmeal,” said Moore. “Every song reminds us of time, place, people and experiences,” from the beauty of the Carolina waterways to their depressing glimpses of Florida, where “everyone either works in a bar or drinks all day.”
The young couple saved for six years to be able to buy the boat and take the time off. Riley, who just left his job in facilities and installation at Denver’s Museum of Contemporary Art, said the trick was to cut back on bars and restaurants, as well as concerts: “We’re really miserly,” he said with pride. This past year, they’ve been able to save enough to head off again in the fall, but since their music went (indie) viral, they wonder if they’ll be able to tour as offers come in — and there’s still that full-length to record.
But Riley said they need go to go away in order to move ahead. “We need another writing sabbatical,” as he called it. “A lot of our creativity and freshness of perspective came from not being engulfed in music.” However, don’t expect a Sufjan Stevens-like musical catalog of the oceans. “The next trip, we’ll go sailing and be able to reflect back on our life in the States,” said Riley. “It’s a perspective thing.” Listening to the songs on “Marathon,” it’s an idea that holds water” (tmagazine.com)