12 Songs, 41 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Having scored with the woozy, doggedly strange stormers on their debut album, U.K. quartet Hooton Tennis club dare to get even weirder on this follow-up. Produced by Scottish indie godfather Edwyn Collins and bustling with unusual characters (see the cheeky stomp of “Bootcut Jimmy the G”), Big Box of Chocolates deals in smart, sparky jangle-pop. Also: the playfully deployed bicycle bell on “Meet Me at the Molly Bench” will definitely make you smile.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Having scored with the woozy, doggedly strange stormers on their debut album, U.K. quartet Hooton Tennis club dare to get even weirder on this follow-up. Produced by Scottish indie godfather Edwyn Collins and bustling with unusual characters (see the cheeky stomp of “Bootcut Jimmy the G”), Big Box of Chocolates deals in smart, sparky jangle-pop. Also: the playfully deployed bicycle bell on “Meet Me at the Molly Bench” will definitely make you smile.

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About Hooton Tennis Club

Hooton Tennis Club are an indie rock quartet from Liverpool consisting of vocalist/guitarist Ryan Murphy, guitarist/vocalist James Madden, bassist Callum McFadden, and drummer Harry Chalmers. Their warm and tuneful yet relaxed sound recalls '90s American slacker indie as much as it does Brit-pop, bringing to mind Dinosaur Jr. and Pavement as well as Supergrass and Teenage Fanclub. Their songs are generally midtempo and fuzzy, but have a strong melodic sense that prevents them from sounding tossed-off. The group signed to Heavenly in 2014 after being brought to the label's attention by Carl Hunter of the Farm. HTC's debut single, "Jasper," co-produced by Bill Ryder-Jones of the Coral, was released as a limited 7" record in February of 2015. Two months later, the group's cover of Neil Young's "Barstool Blues" was released on a split 7" with the Wytches on Record Store Day. Another 7" single, "Kathleen Sat on the Arm of Her Favourite Chair," appeared in June, and the band's debut full-length, Highest Point in Cliff Town, arrived in August. The band toured throughout the year and in 2016 began work on a new album. Using money granted by the Momentum Music Fund, they were able to spend three weeks recording in remote Scotland with Edwyn Collins at his Clashnarrow Studios. The resulting album was titled Big Box of Chocolates and released in late 2016, again by Heavenly. ~ Paul Simpson

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