Tennis leaves Denver for Nashville in search of a new sound - Reverb

Tennis leaves Denver for Nashville in search of a new “old country” sound

Alaina Moore of Tennis moved to Colorado when she was 6 years old and has lived here ever since. It’s the state where Moore and her husband, Patrick Riley, started a little indie band that has released two albums and launched into the national and international spotlight playing Letterman, Leno and festivals around the world.

After much success in the Denver music scene, the duo is moving to Nashville, Tenn., to spend time recording a third album.

“It’s kind of surreal that we’re actually moving to Nashville,” said Moore, who is leaving on Jan. 1 with Riley. “Our team is out there, but we prefer Denver.”

The team includes Black Keys’ drummer Patrick Carney, who also produced Tennis’ last release, “Young & Old,” and engineer Roger Moutenot, both of whom live in Nashville. Moore said the move will give Tennis time to slow down and commit six months to producing a new album. After that, she said the band could come back to Denver whenever.

“Honestly, what Denver has most given us is a very comfortable environment,” Moore said. “In other cities you feel like you were born in the fire.”

As for Nashville, Moore said it’s a completely new scene than Tennis is used to.

“Taylor Swift lives there,” Moore said. “It’s not a hipster city at all. I think we’ll be really out of our element, which is good for us.”

In these new surroundings, Moore said her and Riley are looking to find a new sound, one that might have escaped them in Denver.

“We wrote our first and second album here in this apartment,” Moore said. “I’m hoping a change in environment will evoke some different music. I want to write more old country songs.”

Moore said there is no timeframe on when the third album will be released, but the band will hit the studio in April.

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