So this is kind of rad: I'm listening to Sirius XMU right now and in between cuts from No Age and LCD Soundsystem, I just heard that song "Marathon" from Tennis, the breezy, uplifting one that kind of reminds me of "Bruises" by Chairlift -- another lauded act with Colorado ties -- every time I hear it.
While I'm sure they might've played it before -- hell, it might be in regular rotation for all I know -- this is the first time I've heard it. And I've gotta tell you, it was a nice surprise to unexpectedly hear a song from a local band on a national broadcast. It also took a minute to register when I heard the DJ, Jenny, say something like, "This song's by Tennis, a group that's bad a making names but good at making music."
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Clearly. And it's sort of crazy when you think about it, the notice the act has attracted, especially considering the outfit has been together less than a year and only played a handful of times locally. Just the same, its star continues to rise. As I write this, the act is in the midst of a short tour of the Midwest and East Coast, including a stop at Daytrotter today. There's something to be said for keeping your head down and just focusing on making compelling music.