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Tenniscoats (テニスコーツ) is a group from from Tokyo, Japan featuring Saya and Takashi Ueno, often helped by other musicians and non-musicians. They, in turn, have performed in, or collaborated with a large number of underground bands and musicians like Maher Shalal Hash Baz (with Tori and Reiko Kudo), Cacoy (with DJ Klock of Clockwise Records), Puka Puka Brians and other artists on Tenniscoats very own Majikick label.

Both Saya and Ueno also perform and release solo works. Their record label’s name ‘Majikick’ is a combination of the Japanese word for ‘serious’ and the English word ‘kick’. The name ‘Tenniscoats’ comes from the way ‘Tennis courts’ sounds when rendered in Japanese.
In Tenniscoats, Saya sings beautiful original melodies in a delicate falsetto and mainly plays keyboards, piano, and synths. Ueno accompanies mostly with guitar, saxophone, and occasional vocals. A lot of other instruments are also used to create their fragile pop and experimental songs.

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  • I0000days

    “To live music. It’s an expression one probably has heard some time, but never has it been more appropriate than to describe the lives of married couple Saya and Takashi Ueno, also known as Tenniscoats. We have known them for almost two years now, and we have time and time again been astonished by how many hours they spend on music in a day. New songs are written in the tour bus, new songs are rehearsed for the evening’s concert at the soundcheck and later, after the concert, they literally play and sing themselves to sleep. They catch some sleep here and there, and wake up to musical work again with coffee and cigarettes as the only fuel... A wild pace and a flow of musical expressions that have been tremendously inspiring to take part of.” – Johan Berthling of Tape

    6 Apr 10:26am Reply
  • I0000days

    I delight in the way Papa's Ear oscillates between being the cutest and the gloomiest album imaginable.

    10 Jan 5:15pm Reply
  • amo_bot

    such good music❤

    31 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Nimbie

    Totemo Aimasho sounds like Lau Nau

    16 Nov 2014 Reply
  • GaaraGOinMusic1

    wonderful thing, i tried to find something similar to Tokumaru, i found this (a little of Tokumaru) but one of my friends said "reminds me Blonde Redhead".

    14 Nov 2014 Reply

    Magical tenniscoats~

    9 Nov 2014 Reply
  • DavidPopED


    11 Oct 2014 Reply
  • deviace

    Wow, they are really great.

    18 Jun 2014 Reply
  • arcofdoves

    these guys are so good live

    24 May 2014 Reply
  • MrFrooz


    22 Jan 2014 Reply
  • postmadesign

    all tenniscoats fans should check out their great new collaborative album with pastacas:

    10 Dec 2013 Reply
  • richtie

    Tan Tan is just a tiny bit too tidy for me but Papa's Ear is right on the money.

    12 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Farisattamimi

    "toki no uta" my top tenniscoat album so relaxing....

    13 Jun 2013 Reply
  • johannez1

    They've really become favourites of mine since I discovered them last year. Nothing short of amazing.

    7 Jun 2013 Reply

    the upcoming release [The Road to Tenniscoats] is exactly the same as Disc 2 (The Road to Tenniscoats) on the 7 disc Majikick Box, isn't it?

    10 May 2013 Reply
  • Ferdokki

    Very cool band. I agree, it does kind of remind me of Yo La Tengo.

    10 Feb 2013 Reply
  • johannez1

    I can't stop listening to them, they're just so great! And wow, they released two so very different albums in the space of the same year, and they're both some of my favourites of 2012.

    5 Jan 2013 Reply
  • matheusaescobar

    kinda reminds me of yo la tengo.

    27 Nov 2012 Reply
  • filzbaum

    HOORAY for two great albums this year. clap clap clap

    3 Oct 2012 Reply
  • Goldi_lox

    perfect music

    15 Aug 2012 Reply
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