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In the desolate landscape of “modern” music, quality songwriting has been de-valued and
the obtuse and esoteric is routinely passed off as innovation. But every once in a long while,
an original record cuts through the fog to remind us that there is no substitute for killer hooks, whipcrack musicianship and three minute miracles. This year, that album is dig the new
sounds of tenniscourts and it is exactly what we’ve all been waiting for.

tenniscourts. One word—lowercase, if you please.

This exciting new band is the direct descendant of power-pop greats like the Jam, the

Buzzcocks and Cheap Trick, yet with an indisputably unique voice all its own.
The 13 songs on “dig the new sounds” span all that makes pop music great—from the anthemic chorus of “Forever True” to the sugary confection of “Swimming Pool,” from the propulsive waltz of “27b” to the staccato handclaps of “Nicotine Nights,” this is the sound of a band that knows their way around a pop song. And let it be said, for the record, that is no small thing.

tenniscourts is the brainchild of one Wes Hollywood, well known to all Chicago rock fans for
his Wes Hollywood Show combo, a fixture on the local scene for nearly a decade. The WHS
released 4 CDs, culminating with the widely acclaimed Moonraker. As time went on, Wes
noticed the widening gulf between the loose indie rock sound that was prevalent at the time
and the succinct and economical pop songs that increasingly dominated his catalog.

Deciding to follow his own voice rather than those around him, Wes formed tenniscourts out
of the ashes of the WHS and released a self-titled CD in 2007. A hundred shows and a few

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  • solidaction

    Announcing the “Games For May” Contest   Enter for a chance to win the new limited edition Wes Hollywood double LP “Fantasy Arcade”. Simply LIKE the Wes Hollywood Music Facebook page (formerly tenniscourts). If we can acquire over 300 LIKES by May 31 there will be TWO LUCKY WINNERS, YES TWO. One lucky winner will be randomly chosen to receive a vinyl copy of “Fantasy Arcade”. A second winner will receive a unique code that allows them to download the digital version. What could be better than FREE music? Spread the word, share with your friends and good luck everyone!! ___from the small print department___ No purchase necessary. Contest ends May 31, 2012. Winners will be contacted no later than June 3, 2012. You MUST be a fan of our facebook page to be eligible to win. go to for details

    27 Apr 2012 Reply
  • PhamilyJules

    So these guys have been compared to Cheap Trick, Elvis Costello, and the Kinks. But I think they sound more like Oasis.

    27 Apr 2011 Reply
  • Olson-M

    hi wes

    26 Oct 2009 Reply