The two Colorado Philosophy students decided, upon graduation (and upon falling in love with each other), to buy a sailboat and cruise the North Atlantic coastline for seven months. Cape Dory is very the direct result, not only of their quixotic journey, but also of their relationship. You almost don’t need to read any further to guess what Tennis sound like.
If the Smith Westerns 2009 debut had any shortcomings they were always explained with one remark: “They recorded it in high school.” The exuberant, garage glam on Smith Westerns was far from the finished project, as most records in that vein seem to be—they certainly had room to grow. Nonetheless their refreshing slant on “garage rock” earned them plaudits and recognition beyond the blogosphere.
Deer Tick’s working class Americana sound lent itself well to a Salt Lake City crowd trying to find shelter from an October snowstorm. So if their latest LP, Black Dirt Sessions, or their philanthropy, isn’t enough to turn you onto Deer Tick, check them out live. It worked for me