New Video: Introducing the 4AD Records-Inspired Shoegaze Sound of Los Angeles’ Tennis System

With the release of their latest effort PAIN earlier this year through Graveface Records,the up-and-coming Los Angeles, CA-based noise rock/shoegaze trio Tennis System has developed a reputation for a classic 4AD Records sound: squalling feedback-tinged power chords fed through delay and effect pedals, thundering drumming and ethereal melodies, centered around a rather sunny ambivalence, and a sense of profound loss — and for quickly establishing themselves as one of their hometown’s best, new live bands. In fact, the trio have played sets at Austin Psych Fest, Noise Pop Fest, Echo Park Rising and the Air & Style Festival, and have shared stages with The Flaming Lips, Ride, Dinosaur Jr., Kendrick Lamar and Diiv among others.

“COMINGDOWN,” PAIN’s latest single will further cement the band’s reputation for crafting a familiar and beloved sound — in this case, recalling My Bloody ValentineA Storm in Heaven-era The Verve, JOVM mainstays Dead Leaf Echo, My Vitriol and others but with an anxiety of wha the future could hold, after a horrible event that the song’s narrator knows they will regret.

Directed by Logan Rice, the video follows  Niamh Hannigan as she distractedly goes through her day — and through a series of rapidly changing colors, grainy fade outs and fade ins, the video suggests that its protagonist is slowly coming down from the throes of hallucinogenic fugue.

The band will be touring with El Ten Eleven through the duo’s West Coast tour dates. Check out tour dates below.

Tour Dates (all w/ El Eleven Ten)
9/5 – Morro Bay, CA The Siren (tickets / Facebook event)
9/6 – Santa Cruz, CA Catalyst Atrium (tickets / Facebook event)
9/7 – San Francisco, CA August Hall (tickets / Facebook event)
9/8 – Reno, NV Saint Bar (tickets / Facebook event)
9/9 – Sacramento, CA Harlow’s (tickets / Facebook event)
9/12 – Bend, OR Volcanic Theatre (tickets / Facebook event)
9/13 – Portland, OR Doug Fir (tickets / Facebook event)
9/14 – Seattle, WA The Crocodile (tickets / Facebook event)
9/15 – Spokane, WA The Bartlett (tickets / Facebook event)
9/18 – Boise, ID Neurolux (tickets / Facebook event)
9/19 – Salt Lake City, UT Urban Lounge (tickets / Facebook event)
9/20 – Ft. Collins, CO Washington’s (tickets / Facebook event)
9/21 – Denver, CO Summit Music Hall (tickets / Facebook event)
9/22 – Santa Fe, NM Meow Wolf (tickets / Facebook event)
11/29 – Los Angeles, CA Teragram (tickets / Facebook event)
11/30 – San Diego, CA Casbah (tickets / Facebook event)
12/01 – San Diego, CA Casbah (tickets / Facebook event)

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