Ctrl+ALT+Del Pick of the Week: TENNIS - "Need Your Love"

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January 13, 2020
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This week’s Ctrl+ALT+Del Pick of the Week is TENNIS' "Need Your Love."

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About TENNIS: 

I never learned how to swim.

In years of sailing, I never let the water touch me. The ocean was an abstract dread, an obliterating void as untenable as outer space. In January 2018 we went on tour. After years of scraping by, we found our footing with our fourth record Yours Conditionally. It was a commercial success that set us up to play the biggest rooms of our career. But three shows in, I developed a raging case of influenza. Each night I dragged myself onstage and croaked out the set in a delirium. After a particularly bad soundcheck, Patrick asked me if we should cancel the show. I couldn’t imagine giving up the thing we’d work so hard to achieve. “I’ll be on stage even if you have to mic my coffin,” I joked.

The next morning I fainted and had a seizure while grocery shopping for breakfast. Patrick carried me through the check-out lanes screaming for a doctor. I woke later in a hospital bed. Patrick leaned over me, crying. “That’s it,” he said. “I’m canceling the tour. I thought you were dead. We’re quitting the band. I’m going to be an accountant.” But I was on the mend. We missed two shows and pressed on.
During soundcheck at the 930 Club, Patrick stepped out to take a phone call. His father had been in the hospital all week, but he had cancer and brief hospitalizations were routine. Back at the hotel that night, Patrick poured two shots of whiskey and handed me one. “I’d like to toast my dad.” He said. “The doctors offered to put him on life-support to give me a chance to fly out there, but I didn’t want him to suffer. Instead, I said goodbye.”

Patrick went home to grieve with his family and rejoined us on the road two days later. I couldn’t believe how quickly our lives had unraveled in the midst of what was supposed to be a milestone in our career. As the tour continued, we found refuge in playing music together. Songwriting had always been an extension of our inner world. Now we retreated to that world every time we stepped on stage. After the final show of our tour in Austin, we received another phone call. Patrick’s mother Karen was in the hospital on the brink of a stroke. We got on a plane and went straight to her bedside. Her recovery took weeks. In the hospital waiting room, I wrote the opening line of “Matrimony II”: I only have certainty when you hold my hand. On a hot July day, after Karen’s return to good health, we sailed as a family into the Pacific and scattered Edward’s ashes at sea. I marked our position on the chart with a small x. The album was already well underway. In that moment, I realized what I wanted to call it.

Swimmer is a tour of the darkest time in our lives. But it is not a dark record. Named for the feeling of suspension and upendedness that characterized this period, it is the story of deep-rooted companionship strengthened by pain and loss. These songs carried us through our grief. It is us at our most vulnerable, so we kept a small footprint, recording everything ourselves in our home studio. I set out to describe the love I have come to know after ten years of marriage when you can no longer remember your life before that person, when the spark of early attraction has been replaced by a gravitational pull.

Swimmer is available everywhere February 14, 2020.

TENNIS Tour Dates:

25-Feb

Madrid Theatre

Kansas City

MO

KTBG

27-Feb

Granada Theater

Dallas

TX

KXT

28-Feb

Paper Tiger

San Antonio

TX

 

Feb-29

Stubb's

Austin

TX

ACL, KUTX, Sun

2-Mar

White Oak Music Hall

Houston

TX

 

4-Mar

Meow Wolf

Santa Fe

TX

KBAC

26-Mar

Metro Music Hall

Salt Lake City

UT

KRCL

28-Mar

Top Hat Lounge

Missoula

MT

KDTR

30-Mar

Hollywood Theatre

Vancouver

BC

 

31-Mar

Neptune Theatre

Seattle

WA

KEXP

1-Apr

Wonder Ballroom

Portland

OR

KINK, OPB

3-Apr

The Fillmore

San Francisco

CA

 

4-Apr

The Fonda Theatre

Los Angeles

CA

KCRW, KCSN

5-Apr

Belly Up

Solana Beach

CA

 

8-Apr

Crescent Ballroom

Phoenix

AZ

 

10-Apr

Ogden Theatre

Denver

CO

KBCO, KJAC, Indie 102.3

16-Apr

Slowdown

Omaha

NE

 

17-Apr

Cedar Cultural Center

Minneapolis

MN

KCMP

18-Apr

The Vic Theatre

Chicago

IL

WXRT

20-Apr

Majestic Theatre

Detroit

MI

WQKL

21-Apr

Deluxe at ONC

Indianapolis

IN

WTTS

22-Apr

The Opera House

Toronto

ON

 

24-Apr

Higher Ground

Burlington

VT

WNCS

25-Apr

Royale

Boston

MA

WXRV, WERS

26-Apr

Port City Music Hall

Portland

ME

WCLZ

28-Apr

Brooklyn Steel

Brooklyn

NY

WFUV, WXPK

29-Apr

9:30 Club

Washington

DC

WRNR, WTMD

30-Apr

Union Transfer

Philadelphia

PA

WXPN

1-May

Haw River Ballroom

Saxapahaw

NC

WUNC

4-May

Saturn

Birmingham

AL

WPYA

6-May

Cannery Ballroom

Nashville

TN

WRLT

8-May

Headliners Music Hall

Louisville

KY

WFPK

9-May

Delmar Hall

St. Louis

MO

KCLC, KDHX