UK band Hooton Tennis Club are sharing “Katy-Anne Bellis”, the track is off their Big Box Of Chocolates LP, which comes out on October 21st via Heavenly Recordings.
“Katy-Anne Bellis” is an ode to band member Ryan’s ex-flatmate, Katy-Anne, on which Ryan states: “She’d lived in the house for one year and three months. It’s just a mushy song about moving house and staying in touch”. The song is the first to be released from Big Box Of Chocolates, which was produced by Edwyn Collins at his Clashnarrow Studios in Helmsdale, Scotland.
Recorded over three weeks in Helmsdale, during which time they all grew beards, drank copious amounts of tea, became birdwatchers and whiskey tipplers, the album reflects the band’s relaxed approach to songwriting ; they tend not to labor over recording demos or strumming and beating the life out of songs in the practice room –instead—ideas are allowed to form spontaneously: melodies are hummed into phones or computers, lyrics batted back and forth between Murphy and Madden, songs worked out alone in the bedroom, or layered up from scratch together in the studio.
Formed in Ellesmere Port in Cheshire in 2013, musically, their inspirations range from Big Star to Can while elsewhere; they’re influenced by authors who deliver a ‘down and out skewed view of the world’ like Kurt Vonnegut, Hermann Hesse, Henry Miller.
Having previously toured the UK and Europe, played countless festivals including Glastonbury and Green Man, five shows at SXSW and nine shows at CMJ New York, the band have announced an extensive U.K. and European tour at the end of the year.
Big Box of Chocolates tracklisting:
1. Growing Concerns
2. Bootcut Jimmy The G
3. Bad Dream (Breakdown on St. George’s Mount)
4. Sit Like Ravi
5. Katy-Anne Bellis
6. O Man, Won’t You Melt Me
7. Statue Of The Greatest Woman I Know
8. Meet Me At Molly Bench
9. Lauren, I’m In Love!
10. Frostbitten In Fen Ditton
11. Lazers Linda
12. Big Box Of Chocolates