Indie rock band Hooton Tennis Club have headed stateside to help showcase the best of new British music at the South By South West international music festival. The week-long showcase takes place every year across various venues in Austin, Texas. It is notorious for pushing under the radar British acts into the spotlight with the help of sponsorship from the BBC’s Introducing scheme for new musicians.
Ellesmere Port outfit Hooton Tennis Club will play several shows across the city during their time at SXSW under London-based independent label Heavenly Records. The four-piece will be armed with material from their 2015 debut album ‘Highest Point in Cliff Town’. The LP was recorded at Liverpool’s famous Parr Street Studios.
They join a host of North West musicians playing at this year’s showcase in what has been described as a ‘Merseyside takeover’. Liverpool bands Stealing Sheep and Clean Cut Kid have headed out to Austin, as well as Southport artist Lapsley and Manchester group Pins. There is also a tribute to the late Warrington band Viola Beach.
Growing up in Chester and Ellesmere Port, Ryan Murphy, James Madden, Callum McFadden and Harry Chalmers bonded over their record collections and a mutual love of Oxford Britpoppers Supergrass. While studying at various colleges in 2013, they formed Hooton Tennis Club. The name was taken from a sign in Little Sutton, Ellesmere Port for the tennis club of the same name.
Asked about their highlights of the last year, Hooton Tennis Club said: “Going to the states is very exciting for us. It truly is a different world; a long way to go to play a show, but it’s worth it.”
“Going to Glastonbury was amazing, as was the whole festival circuit last year. There’s a load of other stuff that happened last year. We recorded and released our debut album- an incredible experience and achievement. Anyone who has done that will know that accomplished feeling of having something they’ve worked hard for in their hands.