Neil Halstead and Tennis at eTown, 10/16/12
Tom Murphy Tennis and Neil Halstead (pictured) with Nick and Helen Forster (not pictured) at eTown Hall.
NEIL HALSTEAD / TENNIS @ eTown Hall | 10/16/12
For the end of the Tennis and Neil Halstead eTown show, host Nick Forster and co-host Helen Forster came on stage with both acts. Forster told us they had all learned a song that seemed appropriate for the occasion, and with Halstead on lead vocals and Alaina Moore and both Forsters on backing vocals, the temporary supergroup performed a fun yet faithful cover of "Just Like Heaven." It fit perfectly with the tenor of the whole show, with excellent performances all around and a lighthearted spirit among everyone on stage.
Tom Murphy Tennis at eTown Hall
The night of performances started off with Denver's Tennis performing its popular early single, "Marathon." After having seen the band a handful of times across its existence, it sure seemed like Alaina Moore was much more comfortable in her skin and owning her role on stage, even though it was equally obvious she took cues from her band mates and vice versa and they worked smoothly as a team.
After "Deep in the Woods," Moore sat down with Nick Forster for an interview filled with some self-deprecating comments from Moore and gently witty banter from Forster. Apparently Moore still can't swim despite the yacht trip that inspired the group's first album. And yet, Moore reflected that the true revelation of the yacht trip wasn't so much the trip but that it allowed her to reconnect with nature. Like the moonless nights on black waters and none of the stimulation that those of us in even small towns have if we want it.
Moore also related her positive experiences on Leno and contrasted it with how in New York City for Letterman the reception wasn't as warm but that Letterman himself was cordial. Moore seemed a little nervous, but she's noticably shed the kind of deer-in-the-headlights look she sometimes had earlier in her career. Safe to say she's seen a lot these past two years and that putting your art on the line and taking risks with your life and psychic well being among strangers for weeks and months on end gives you some grace and perspective.
After the interview, Tennis did a song from its excellent second album Young & Old, a more R&B number, though that flavor flows through most of the band's material. Like that fusion of pop and R&B that existed more freely in the late '50s and '60s and seems to be making a bit of a full-fledged comeback of late.