“(Tennis Pro)…has brought a whole new barefoot, mock the cops before you get the pepper spray, antagonistic playfulness recalling their balls-hanging-beneath-the-dress live shows. The trio is a briskly playing, siren-winding shit-hot blur of sweet power pop and
post-psyche on this fifteen track creature of joy.”
This collection of tongue-in-cheek melodic and anarchic pop songs includes a denigration of indie-rock pretentiousness (College Math), an overwrought ballad about the neighbor who tends her yard all day (Kimberly), a rebuke of all things Spring Break (“Girl, take your small shorts and pack ‘em”) and a teenage fantasy about getting an uptight girl stoned (Shelly Gets High).
Seattle preppy pop punks Tennis Pro take a swing at some lofty predecessors on their new second, Cassie’s Junior Varsity Make-Out
Squad. Elements of Weezer, the Beach Boys, and Fountains of Wayne get served snotty attitude, sweet keyboard licks, and subtle distortion as the Pro turn out a few ace power-pop tracks in the process.
With a head-turning indie debut, Tennis Pro shines much-needed sunshine across an otherwise soggy musical landscape. Tunes like
“Camping With A Girl” and “The Mix Tape Song” showcase their high-school-meets-high-art approach, putting the art of the well-crafted pop song first and backing it with sass and style.