Okay, Tennis, we get it. Denver is not that cool, and you know what? We're fine with that.

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Alaina Moore is the "wife" of Tennis, in case there was any question.
"We don't have good record stores in Denver. I'll be the first to admit." - Alaina Moore, Tennis

Ah, the quote heard 'round the world (or at least around the Denver scene, anyway). In case you missed it, that little off handed remark was taken from an interview that Tennis did with a blog called verb/re/verb back in December that surfaced last week and subsequently incensed a legion of locals.

Those of us in bands, who work or have worked at record stores and those of us who are really stoked on Denver's music community were all kind of like, uh, WTF, Tennis? What did we ever do to you, besides not know who you were before Pitchfork did?

So, was this supposed to be some divisive Tennis vs. Denver comment? Probably not, and whether Alaina Moore meant for her statement to be so loaded in the first place, we'll never know. We probably shouldn't even care. She can hate on Denver's record stores all she wants. People hate on our local burrito joints, lack of public transportation and horrible shoe choice (Colorado invented Crocs, remember?) all the time. Every self-inflated popular kid has to fall sometimes, even Denver.

Since I can only speak for myself as a musician, music critic and an active member of the Denver music community at large, I can admit that yes, this little YouTube comment pissed me off. I don't like Tennis to begin with -- the band's music, I mean; I don't know them as people -- and the Denver hate just added more gas to the fire.

I've not had much interest in the band or their seemingly contrived, oceanic white people on a boat story since it first "broke." The hype surrounding the release of Cape Dory was exhausting to me, and other than their supposed fantastic voyage, I didn't see how this lo-fi beach pop was any different than any other lo-fi beach pop.

So then, why such a big fire over something that really I shouldn't care either way about? Tennis has never claimed (that I know of) to be a part of any scene in the state they come from. The owe no allegiance to anyone, any venue (DIY or otherwise), or any bands that they may have come up with. Tennis didn't abandon their roots the moment the blogosphere started to sniff their butts. So what if they think Denver sucks, that's great. They're allowed to. Plus, it's a free country -- saying a city's selection of record stores is subpar is an unalienable right.

So why was I so mad? In the decade and a half I've been involved in music here, there has been a certain feeling of underdogged-ness; If cities like Lawrence and Omaha could have nationally-recognized scenes, why couldn't we? There are dozens of incredible bands that have formed here in Denver over the last thirty or so years, and some of us are very proud of that fact.

So, when a band that supposedly hails from where I'm from doesn't seem to know or care about what's going on here, I get annoyed. I shouldn't, because everyone's desires and ramifications for success are different. Just because I want to tell the world that Denver has incredible things going on and that my band wouldn't be where it was today without our community, doesn't mean Tennis should do that.

So, instead of getting my panties in a bunch because a band from Colorado said that Denver's record stores are a joke, perhaps I should just cherish what we do have. Isn't that how it's supposed to work? When someone trashes something we love, we just get to love it even more because it's ours, right?

Besides, at the end of the day, we're the ones who got to see Sonic Youth play at Monkey Mania. We got to watch people make out in line for the bathroom at the "last" Black Black Ocean show at The Construct. We played shows at The Climax, 15th Street Tavern and Hipster Youth Halfway House.

That stuff is Denver and it's ours -- and maybe someday, one of us who thinks Wax Trax and Twist and Shout and Black & Read are the shit will get interviewed by some dweeb in L.A., and we can tell the world all about it. Until then, Tennis can keep looking for that out-of-print Grandaddy record somewhere else.

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No
No

Fuck Nautical Rock! I heard you guys the first time when you were called best coast.

Hearchicago
Hearchicago

I actually like Tennis, and once being a Denverite and now Chicagoan. I don't think it's wise to hate on a band that brings attention to your city. I think "the wife" is fairly young and she may or may not regret it (most likely regrets it). But seriously, BFD, if they don't think the record stores are that great in Denver. Well, maybe after that comment Tennis made, it will help change some things, most likely it will. I would say, try not to be such a sour puss, Denver! I would imagine there are many musicians who have traveled through Denver and found that gem they have been looking for at either wax trax or twist and shout. I recall going to double entendre record store and finding all kinds of great stuff. Thanks, from one who once was a part of the Denver scene back when Grimace and La Donnas were ripping it up. Now, in Chicago and love it.

JP
JP

If you put more stock in your community and networking skills than in the art you create, suck a dick. You will never be anyone, ever.

DenverScener
DenverScener

I lov ethe wrath for Tennis on here. Good work all. My 2 cents: Tennis is not from here, they are preppy, east coast wannabe's who jumped on the beach house/chillwave bandwagon and that is all. Denver likes their music with how shall we say "more balls" than whatever Tennis is poofing out. See ya at Twist and Shout or Waxtrax!

musicme
musicme

Saying a record store isn't great is not hating on an entire music scene. It's a fact.

growup
growup

I'm glad you are so appreciative of the support your band gets from the Denver music scene. So where exactly "is" your band?

You are more than entitled to not like Tennis, but this sounds strangely like a pathetic vendetta from a jealous musician who clearly stalks the band to find the smallest shred of evidence to ridicule them for.

Smashbox
Smashbox

Your band wouldn't be where it is today if it weren't for the Denver scene, huh?Which band is that exactly? And where, may I ask, are you guys?I'm just saying.

At least the next time YOUR band gets back from a European tour a matter of months after writing your very first songs and spends the day off between west-coast tour dates having a casual conversation with a fifteen-year-old at a world-class record store, you'll know to be on your guard about what your comments might be turned into.

pissed off in denver
pissed off in denver

Tennis' album cover is a direct copy of Lisa Hartman's 1979 album "Hold On". What's up with the lack of album cover originality? Did the band think no one would ever figure out they plagiarized someone else's album cover art concept?

Google Image Search: Tennis Cape DoryGoogle Image Search: Lisa Hartman Hold On

You be the judge

guest
guest

It's like a high school cafeteria in here. Why would you attack such a sweet person and even go as far as calling the interviewer a "dweeb." nice journalism! You ask why denver can't have a scene like lawrence, your the reporter you tell me. This article is a perfect example of why.

Guest
Guest

Denver Music "Scene": This is why you can't have nice things. (See above). When you have matured enough not to care about this kind of shit, good things will come to you.

Get off the internet and go practice or something.

I love Twist and Shout - its my favorite record store ever! and Alaina Moore's comments do nothing to change that.

However, I think Jerry's is a front for some sort of money laundering, because I've never found anything that got me super excited there and there's hardly ever anyone in there. I tried to like it....but I just can't. Please respond by telling me I don't know enough about obscure music to realize what Jerry's inventory can offer.

//A lot of people around the country actually have a great deal of respect for Denver musically. Its the people that never leave Denver that think we don't get any credit because there's not a Rolling Stone or Pitchfork article that strokes the proverbial schlong of the Mile High to validate their opinions.

Its annoying how seemingly desperate the bands in this town are to get recognition, yet they have such an emphasis on a local scene and local community. Denver is pretty small. Its not big enough to give these bands the golden toilets and record contracts they will not admit to coveting.

If your band is only in it for the pure joy of having fun, playing music and/or pushing the artistic envelope, you would not be wasting your time reading this. Its OK to admit that you would enjoy some success. Just don't pretend the music industry is a meritocracy.

If you get mad at Tennis because they are more successful than you and say things you don't agree with, you only validate the notion that they are more powerful than you, which they are not.

If you get mad at Tennis because you don't like their music, you must not know how to use iTunes or your record player properly. You can always listen to something you do like.

Bree- Obviously you're not "fine with that".... Your headline is more than a little misleading.

John B
John B

Also, nice way to be biting the hand that's been feeding your buzz. Aka: Denver.

Assholes.

John B
John B

Blow it out your ass Tennis. All you are is a 'buzz' band. Once this style of pop dies off, so will you and all of the rest. All you are is a gimmick and a product of the internet and blogs.

This is unbelievable...
This is unbelievable...

Alrighty guys, Really? I'm shocked that a small quote from a minor interview has sparked such a controversy. Or did I just forget that internet trolls don't care about context, facts, and the like? You guys act like these two normal people (who proudly state their origin city, Denver) are the president who should filter every word they say to suit all who can read.

Alaina wasn't making any statements about the current music scene in Denver, she was just starting a conversation. She said "good" in reference to time period of records that particular store had. But why try and reason with people who are obviously correct about their rash judgments on thirteen words... If you buy into this trash about how Tennis is trashing the Denver music scene from this vague statement, than you might as well profess your immaturity from the rooftops.

And especially to those who say that Tennis made up their Sailing story, please email me and I will kindly direct you to blatant proof that lies right in front of your face on the internet. I'm surprised that you have enough time to research and find so called "contradictions" in their story and never noticed all those pictures and stories that have been around since they started their trip. I know Tennis personally, and you guys look like idiots when you trash them over something like this.

Email me, truthabouttennis@gmail.com - I Especially invite you Bree, because if you feel like its worth wrighting 11 paragraphs about, than it should be worth 15 minutes to find out the truth.

classWar
classWar

A) Who cares what a couple of rich, white, affluent <insert-plural-expletive-here> think?B) Just because they happen to live here, doesn't mean they're 'from' here.

</insert-plural-expletive-here>

Wednesday
Wednesday

I would say "Who the hell is Tennis?"- but that really doesn't count. Someone posted on Facebook last week about Glassjaw and I thought they were talking about a Mike Tyson's punchout character. So really the questions is "What the hell do I know about music anymore?"However, don't cut that city that you are from. Unless it's valid or with a touch of self deprication. You can say, "Wow, there alot of Subarus and people that wear fleece here." Or wow.. "People really seem to have an affection for their dogs." "I have never seen my boyfriend cry until the Broncos lost." That's all fine and true without being too snarky.Saying something untrue about a place or "scene" that has the potential to support you is dumb. Everyone knows how many degrees per capita we have here, so we are smart and gonna put it together. Duh.

Dumbshit
Dumbshit

i cant believe how bored all of you must be. including this bree character. get a hobbie

guest
guest

who the fuck is tennis?

Tacotown
Tacotown

Meanwhile, no one outside of Denver cares...

Wesley Schauble
Wesley Schauble

Tennis did mention on XMU Sessions that they are actively looking for their next city. They only moved back to Denver after their journey at sea because they had family here and they were broke. So let them move and we can have more of this awesome city to share with those of us that don't hate.

pissed off in Denver
pissed off in Denver

Every time they open their mouths they say something crappy about Denver or Denver bands. What gives? Denver record stores will be around long after this band is lost at sea on their next "sailing trip"

Fuck this band. Now that you've seen Colorado, get out.

dmzl
dmzl

their pasty whiteness gives me the creeps. i wish they would stop mentioning denver altogether - they're embarrassing.

Chris BWC
Chris BWC

Oh and James barone rules! I have that Grandaddy record. I should sell it to them so we can fund sailing trip. Oh and I kind of like their music.

Chris BWC
Chris BWC

I was kind of behind you, until you mentioned Hipster Halfway house. That place WAS a hive of elitism that for me defines a small part of Denver that I don't like. A scar on our otherwise fine music scene.

Scotty D.
Scotty D.

Tennis is just so...boring, I guess is the right word. Uninteresting, dispassionate, modern hipster-indie cookie-cutter music. Not bad, not good, just...there. This article is the most interesting thing I've yet to see come from Tennis, and I wish Westword, Reverb and Denver's other media would start paying attention to the great bands in Denver rather than the ones who gave mediocrity a blow-job.

And fuck them for saying Denver doesn't have good record stores. Wax Trax is a GREAT record store, Twist & Shout is a GREAT record store, Jerry's Record Exchange is a GREAT record store, and those are just the stores in central Denver that have been open for years and years. It's too bad our stores don't stock enough boring-ass blog-hyped bands for Tennis's satisfaction.

Richard
Richard

Bree...I think I love you.

Local
Local

They are all from here. You should move. 

Tired of all the hatin
Tired of all the hatin

Its a tribute. Theres and interview about it. Do your homework before you try adding to the haterade bandwagon.

dude
dude

Get off the internet and go practice or something,,,just don't pretend the music industry is a meritocracy.

Guest #2
Guest #2

Clearly, you don't know enough about obscure music to realize what Jerry's inventory can offer.

whatistrue
whatistrue

But there have been inconsistencies. I also caught the comment about how they sold their equipment before going sailing. And yet they have said they didn't know each other played music. So did they sell the equipment without telling each other?

And I had wondered how they could leave the place they lived in Denver and then return to the same place 8 months later. If they owned the condo, that makes more sense.

There have been other comments, too. Once you start reading their press, you notice that things change a bit each time, so you begin to wonder what is true nor not.

I Call BS.
I Call BS.

Maybe this will teach them they need to be careful what they say when they're being recorded. It was an inane, thoughtless and quite simply idiotic statement that has the power to harm - or at least upset - many people in the city which you claim they "proudly" call their origin but apparently couldn't wait to get out of, in the very least because of it's lack of good record stores.

If you're their friend you'll tell them to watch their damn mouths before they're not able to come back here without some torches and pitchforks at their show. They could have at least commented on this story and apologized. But they're probably out sailing somewhere without internet, right?

Local
Local

They are from here. 

Jenny Gomez
Jenny Gomez

A job is sort of like a hobby, right? Because in that case I think she's got one.

Scotty D.
Scotty D.

I dunno, I like her hobby of caring about Denver's music scene better than yours of going online anonymously and acting like a little bitch...

Lefty
Lefty

Dumbshit, you sir a an amazing guy/girl. Not only did you give yourself that name, but you proved to us all that you are one.

Chad
Chad

They also moved back to Denver because they owned a condo downtown that they purchased on retail salaries long before they set sail. Their story is bogus.Signed,Woodward and Bernstein

Breecdavies
Breecdavies

I saw some great shows there. I missed the elitism part, probably because I was having too much fun dancing drunk to my underage friend's fine DJing selections.

I see your logic, but...
I see your logic, but...

They are aware of this, and I'm sure will be more careful not to spark anymore fires. And I don't blame you for "calling BS.", nor do I expect you to believe me 100%. I'm not going to pull out family photo albums to prove to you guys that Tennis this is true, It is not my place to talk about their personal business. But as a close friend of Tennis, I hate hearing people say crap about them, especially their personal life, over something that to me holds no significant value. But, I do understand the frustration it could cause to somebody who lives and breathes Denver music. Basically, Alaina didn't mean anything personal from her comment, and I can reassure you of that.

Tattosaregood
Tattosaregood

how do you live with the fact that you know this much about a band you claim to hate. You seem to do extensive research on them... Obsessed much??

Chris BWC
Chris BWC

I guess I'm just not that defensive of Denver's 'scene' because it was so hard for me to get my music heard here simply because I was uncool and not in the 'in' crowed. I kind of relate to Tennis in that way. Not in the trashing Denver's fine record stores aspect but the not being part of the 'cool kids club' aspect. It was hard as a kid who just moved to Denver, not knowing anyone, on several occasions, showing up at hipster youth to see a show and being like, "is this where so and so is playing?" or "what time does such and such show start?" and the people there would (every time) look at you like, "How dare you condescend to talk to me? I don't know you." and mummer something barely addable. I feel like it's that same 'scene-royalty' that is mad at Tennis because Tennis is successful and not from their scene. I think if someone more 'in' with the denver cool kids club said something like that no one would have even noticed. It wasn't even part of the interview. She was just awkwardly mummering while cameras were pointing at her. I see young kids on tour do this thing where, every chance they get, they bring up how they are from a different city. I think she was just awkwardly doing that. And besides the jealousy stuff that Tennis is against people also don't like the boating story. People tend to think that art has to be full of angst and from a place of deep pain to be real art. This is an over romanticized notion and is completely wrong. Let's cut these kids some slack.

Melanie
Melanie

Did you ACTUALLY create a gmail account called "truthabouttennis"? What is this, a Dateline special? Anyway, if the story is true, then why do we need to email you to find out the truth?

Chad
Chad

Dear This is unbelievable-

I am 100% certain that they set sail, this I do not doubt. However, all of the details that make the story romanticized- saving up every penny, selling instruments, never discussing music until lonely and isolated on the boat- these are all fabricated in order to sell their music, and THAT is what makes them look ridiculous and phony.

If they would just be honest, tell us that they have a nice trust that funded their condo and boat, got into music after getting married and discovering similar interests and styles, etc...that would be far more authentic, even if it doesn't lend itself to the typical hipster fable. In the end, it's not their fault that they were given a nice gift, but to exaggerate the story and pretend you're another starving artists seeking a roof over your head...c'mon. Why won't reporters ask them where the boat is now? I guarantee you they didn't sell it for gas money to get back to Denver. Someone has to be paying for the slip it's sitting in right now.

It's a bummer, because the music is decent and she has a nice voice, and I'd much rather hear this than another laptop band (see Vail Snowball 2011). Unfortunately, their story is selling their music, and it's a bogus fairy-tale; I'd rather believe in Santa Claus. In this day and age of the music industry where indie bands like Arcade Fire are finally getting some street cred and Denver is beginning to get noticed, those of us from this town don't want these posers fabricating our own story for us.

Chad
Chad

1- I never claimed to hate them.

2- I never researched them. I like to follow blogs and have therefore consumed enough interviews to finally start seeing them contradict themselves.

Tattoos are OK, don't worry.

Number Three
Number Three

Chris, I felt the same way you did when I would go to see Love Letter Band play at The Book Collective place. I guess that's the way things go.

Chris BWC
Chris BWC

I have been misunderstood a bit here. I didn't mean ALL of Denver rejected me. Alot of it embraced me warmly. Most of it. I just meant that the hipster youth half way house was snobby and had a kind of 'scene royalty' vibe. Not ALL of Denver. Just there. I get that same vibe when I hear the jealousy about Tennis and I suspect it comes from that same 'scene royalty' mentality. I would argue with Tennis that Denver does in fact have great record stores. But I do think people were all ready annoyed with tennis and ready to pounce on any mis-step. They are the Britany Spears or Michael Jackson of Denver. They provide a great punching bag for our collective bullying. As with the bigger stars, we should back of of these people.I also don't think Bree is wrong or out of line for writing this article though. It has certainly stirred things up and that's what good journalism should do.

mondogarage
mondogarage

That said, plenty of us who are also not part of any kind of "cool kids" scene, those of us no one wants to play with because we're just not hip enough or cute enough or young enough...plenty of us also are against Tennis, partly because they're so fucking disingenuous, and partly because their music is just such a pale imitation, and we feel that if any Denver bands are to get the magical national blog anointment, there's at least a baker's dozen or two, whose music deserves it far above Tennis'.

Scotty D.
Scotty D.

And none of this was directed at you, Chris. Just stating my opinion regarding this band, so hopefully none of this is seen as a personal attack on you for your opinion.

Scotty D.
Scotty D.

Or we could more appropriately say "fuck these kids." It's unfortunate that you weren't treated well back in the day. But it's not hard for a band to get involved in the current scene. There are a lot of venues, tons of shows, and if one makes the effort one can get to know people and play out. The local music scene is not primarily made up of privately owned warehouses anymore.

And their "story" is completely bogus. It's a line of shit, similar to any story you might hear about how some MTV-created & fueled band climbed up from the gutter when in fact they were propelled by a third party into fame. Tennis knew someone who ran a very popular blog and he posted them. That's where they got their notice.

And jealousy? Maybe. Or maybe those kids are complaining because they've spent a long time helping to develop a thriving scene, one in which bands try to be more inclusive of each other, one in which they help each other out, one in which they believe Denver is a great place to be from. And then you get some little boring band like Tennis who uses Denver as nothing more than a place to shit and sleep and they trash Denver (or at least its amazing record stores) while inanely and boringly chattering about how deep they are because they went on a sailing trip one time.

Fuck them. I don't know them personally, I've only listened to their music three or four times because I like good music, and I'll still say, "fuck them." They're everything that is wrong with indie music.

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