CONCERT COVERAGE: Tennis System @ Summit Music Hall 9/21/18


I arrived at the Summit Music Hall last Friday night a little to early, Tennis System was scheduled play around 9. . . or maybe it turns out 9:45; for a minute I honestly had doubts about my evening with the abandoned dance floor staring back at me emptily. I scanned desperately for a seat, got my Gin and Tonic and rucked up the cash for a HUGE slice of Marquis Pizza that reassured me the night could and would be a success. The audience at Summit that night was a jumbled medley of folks of all ages, from all over the place.

The conversations with good people occupied me until I heard the sonorous and powerful wall of noise that is LA punkgaze band, Tennis Systems’ “LAKLUSTER” from their Spring 2017 album PAIN. I was drawn to front of the crowd, accompanied by a few fellow drunk punks, I allowed this band’s electric stage presence to let it all loose; I feel that Tennis System’s neatly packaged grimy bass riffs and nostalgic lyrics could have been more successful with a younger crowd. Despite this everyone had a great time, “Coming Down”, was a beautiful way to send the set out, their live performance and raw talent reflected the emotion and pain in their recently debuted music video. I can’t recommend seeing Tennis System live enough, they’re stage presence and innately intense instrumentals add up to an amazing punkgaze experience. You can get to know the band, watch they’re new video and watch out for more US tours on bandcamp and stream on Spotify, Apple Music and Tidal!

-Lizzie Brown