Fancy a God damn head banging rewind to the 1990’s? Chuck a bit of eye-liner on, rip up a band T-shirt, don’t wash your hair until November 22, because Hooton Tennis Club are superbly channelling elements of Supergrass that we were getting scared might be too guitar heavy for 2016. Nope. These four Liverpudlian lads (always a beneficial label to own) are pretty much nailing guitar-based gig music and on top of that, they’re a real Hoot (spot the wordplay).

It’s a laugh basically

Playing in Molotow’s Sky Bar, the grungier band space of the venue’s two floors, you’ll have a night that ends up with you finding a new best mate and returning to teenagehood with them. ‘Katy-Anne Bellis’, the most recent single to be pulled from the band’s second album ‘Big Box of Chocolates’, is a filmic tale that will get you moving, smiling with your eyes closed and wanting to kiss the person nearest to you for the sheer lust for life.

“We’re only down the road if you need us, oh won’t you come and see us… I’m moving to up town, seems you moved at the wrong time”, vocalist Ryan Murphy yelps half-heartedly across a mid-tempo chorus of hearty guitars, between runaways that verge on a violent bridge, before submerging again as another yearning verse of mild heartbreak. It’s a laugh basically.

You’re likely to know the Reeperbahn located Molotow already, but if not, it’s pretty much an indie/ rock institution of the 1990’s, having hosted Bright Eyes, The White Stripes and The Hives.

Hooton Tennis Club
Tuesday, November 22, 2016, €12.00
Molotow Skybar, Nobistor 14, 20359 Hamburg

Photo courtesy of Paul Hudson, with a CC2 Creative Commons Licence.