Tennis System’s Matty Taylor says, “”Dizzy” is about the time I had during the pandemic to reflect on myself. I used that time to really dive deep inside me and decide what I wanted out of life, or what’s left of it. The video for the track is meant to show my perspective of the day of a show. The things I typically do the day of a show, from the Yerba mate I drink to the tacos I eat. How I find peace before the chaos.” Along with the news, Tennis System has announced a short run of West Coast dates in December (SF, LA and San Diego) with Fearing and Deyssi Autophobia is Tennis System’s first new full-length since 2019’s Lovesick.
Autophobia is Tennis System’s most personal offering, it is minimalist and vocals-driven, the unlikely bedroom project of a feral live musician — music to memorialize a lost year. With Johnson, Taylor veered from the scuzzy guitars and pummeling drums he’s known for, instead weaving synth and drum machines with live drums and guitar — and even the hum of a swarm of bees — to form a tapestry of textured soundscapes, unlike anything he’d created before. “Writing these songs without a band let me make music without having to meet anyone’s expectations but my own,” says Taylor. In unprecedented times, “I focused on making the record I wanted to make.”
What inspired him now was our basest human instincts, revealed in stark relief this year. “You see the desperation,” he says. “Relationships were falling apart. You saw people doing Instagram Live every day just to feel a connection to people, to feel relevant, to fulfil some craving to not be alone.” Of the collective existential crisis of the Instagram economy, he declares, “It’s autophobia in and of itself.”
Matty Taylor launched Tennis System in Washington, DC. Influenced by Fugazi, Bad Brains, and Nation of Ulysses — the sounds of discord, that are big part Tennis System’s sound. Relocating to Los Angeles, the band played Amoeba Records, residencies at the Echo and performing regularly at Part-Time Punks showcases, as well as the Austin Psych Fest, Noise Pop Fest, Echo Park Rising and the Air + Style festivals. Autophobia is Tennis System’s fourth full-length album, following Lovesick (2019), Technicolor Blind, (2014) and Teenagers (2011).
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