Tennis is at its heart a nostalgic band. Their catchy surf pop hearkens back to ’60s girl groups, sure, but the music itself should remind the listener of lazy drives to and from the beach, perhaps family vacations with the radio scoring the scene. It should come as no surprise then that the new lyric video for single “Mean Streets” encapsulates this aesthetic visually. A woman stands in the center of the screen with a red curtain in the background. The set up seems to refer to recording karaoke at the mall, or something similarly kitschy. As she calmly mouths the lyrics, they appear under her, white lettering in black bars like closed captioning. The little touches here make all the difference: the occasional distortion of the image, the delay in the appearance of the lyrics, and the click of the video tape at the end of the video. Who knew it was possible to miss VCRs?
Rewind to a simpler time with “Mean Streets” above, and pick up Tennis’ Small Sound EP, available now. All of you here in Washington can catch the band at the DC edition of Communion’s November tour, which includes support from ON AN ON, Savoir Adore and more. More details at the links below.
STREAM: Tennis – “Mean Streets”