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Hey, they tried.
But after three years, neo-shoegazers Tennis System are leaving D.C. for L.A. to “to further ourselves as musicians,” the band writes on its blog today. Sad! But we had some good times, such as…
…this One Track Mind, about Tennis System’s song “Esoteric.”
…this demo, of the song “Snowden,” recorded during the Snowpocalypse.
…this Snow Day Session, where Tennis System’s Matty Taylor collaborated with Ra Ra Rasputin’s Patrick Kigongo on a cover of Spacemen 3’s “Walking With Jesus.”
…this show report from South by Southwest.
Anyway, the band has a goodbye show set for March 4 at Rock & Roll Hotel, and it’ll double as a release party for a new single, “Hey, We Tried.” If you know Tennis System, it’s familiar—-slurred, slow-mo vocals; harsh yet pretty noise—-but it’s also the rare shoegaze song that manages to gallop. You can buy a physical copy at the show. Listen: