We’re all about well made shoegaze, though few bring the intense energy that Los Angeles’ Tennis System brings to the genre. With a new album Lovesick announced for a release in early August, the trio has just dropped the lead single “Shelf Life” which not only checks all of the shoegaze boxes but eviscerates the genre by turning it on its head.
The song has the kind of opening that steers from what you may think of shoegaze music. With fuzzy guitars and snappy drums, the band grabs your ears with their energetic beginning to the song. When the verse kicks in, the song goes to the typical shoegaze spaces before all of that energy comes roaring back in with feedback squeals and drums that rumble like the world is ending. It’s painfully obvious that the band intends on doing things their own way by eventually bringing the track to a slow gurgle, before ramping things back up and blowing your mind with their intensity.
“Shelf Life” can be streamed on all platforms, it can be purchased in all digital music outlets and Lovesick is available physically for pre-order directly from Graveface Records ahead of its August 02 release. Tennis System will be on tour beginning June 16 at The Basement in Nashville, TN until July 21 in Los Angeles, CA at the Echoplex. A complete list of their tour dates can be found here.
Image Credits: Photo by Anthony Tran.