Spotlights, Tennis System, Gleemer
3615 El Cajon Blvd
San Diego, CA, 92104
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Hundredth is an American melodic hardcore band from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, that formed in 2008.
Hundredth formed in 2008 in Myrtle Beach, SC. Their debut record When Will We Surrender was released by Mediaskare Records on March 30, 2010. The first single from that album was "Desolate", and a music video was released on YouTube on March 18, 2010. Their second album, Let Go, was released on September 27, 2011 by Mediaskare Records. The first single from that album, "Live Today" was released on Mediaskare Record's YouTube on July 22, 2011. The band has since released two EP's, "Revolt" and "Resist" through Mediaskare and No Sleep records in 2013-2014.
The group signed to new label Hopeless Records in 2014, and have a new album named "Free" due for release on June 12, 2015.
Spotlights is the Brooklyn-based married couple of Mario and Sarah Quintero, both formerly of Sleep Lady, whose 2012 album So Long Lonely Ghost was produced by Aaron Harris of Isis.
In Spotlights, the Quinteros summon a supreme sound, equally heavy and dreamy. A tar-pit sludge-rock foundation is blanketed by layers of shimmering shoegaze. Their debut full length Tidals was released on Crowquill Records in the spring of 2016 as a follow up to the synth laden, doom-pop EP, Demonstration. Tidals' songs rock hard and memorably, bringing to mind hints of bands, from Failure to My Bloody Valentine to Godflesh to Smashing Pumpkins and beyond.
Spotlights has been handpicked by Deftones to support the band on two weeks of its summer U.S. tour for 2016. Followed up by a second national run in September with If These Trees Could Talk.
The promise of L.A. may well lie in Tennis System, who have thundered their way through their adopted city with a reverb-drenched ferocity that has, in short order, made the East Coast transplants the city’s band to watch.
One listen is all it takes to comprehend why L.A. Weekly dubbed the band one of the city’s most promising of 2015 and “one of the city's best live acts”: Tennis System are masters of unhinged, lo-fi psychedelia, laced with the inescapably pop DNA of Jesus and Mary Chain, Nirvana and Ride. Behind the sweat-drenched performances, behind the Orange amps and squalling anthems is a coolly leather-clad trio. Arriving at the current lineup, however, was a spirit quest that took Tennis System from one coast to the other: It was in gritty Washington, D.C. that a young Matty Taylor, the band’s founder, steeped like tea in the music of Fugazi and Bad Brains, Black Tambourine and Nation of Ulysses. He decamped for Los Angeles, propelling Tennis System forward as a full-fledged L.A. band.
Though Tennis System has shared bills with the likes of Nothing, Wavves, Japandroids, The Flaming Lips, A Place To Bury Strangers, Ride and Beach Fossils, and worked with Jeff Zeigler of Uniform Recording (Kurt Vile, War on Drugs, Nothing) and Fred Kevorkian (White Stripes, Pavement, Sonic Youth, the National) since its founding in 2009, life on the best coast has only served to raise its profile: In the past year, crowds at Austin Psych Fest, the burgeoning Echo Park Rising and Air and Style festivals, the Ace Hotel Palm Springs, L.A.’s legendary Amoeba Records, and the city’s iconic Part-Time Punks showcase have begun to bear witness to Tennis System’s slash-and-burn live shows.
After 2011’s much blogged-about self-released album, “Teenagers” (and its stunner of a single, “Hey We Tried”), the band returned in the fall of 2014 with “Technicolour Blind,” the appropriately named, heady fever-dream of a new album that has been a year in the making for Tennis System. Its tracks, including “Technicolour Blind” “Memories & Broken Dreams” and the sparkling, anthemic “Dead Honey” are melodic departures from the gritty, fuzz-washed tunes of yore; rather, Los Angeles life, with its thrilling beauty and starkly menacing underbelly, has left Tennis System sun-bleached and wary, and left their music imbued with the peculiar patina of a rough-and-tumble circumstance. The guitars still squeal, but listen closely: Taylor’s lyricism bears unexpected wisdom and woe. Recorded with Ulysses Noriega (The Wedding Present, Ben Folds, The Offspring) and John Girgus (Aberdeen, Languis, The Legendary House Cats) and mixed by Drew Fisher (The Melvins, Bleached, Babies) and mastered by John Greenham (Ice Cube, Aesop Rock, Chuck Prophet), “Technicolour Blind” is poised to be Tennis System’s breakout effort, even if fans knew it all along.