Halfway into their set, Alaina Moore, singer and keyboardist of Tennis, decided to make a statement. Moore told the crowd about her urge to use the bathroom. Upon running onto to the stage to locate the bathroom, the stage hand directed her to a bathroom behind the stage. To her surprise, the bathroom behind the stage had urinal, and that was it.
“Go home, get a guitar and learn how to play it,” she said to the female dominant crowd. “That way I will have a bathroom to go in here!”
Last Wednesday night at the Tower Theater was all about girl power. Tennis opened up for Haim, “the best family band since the Von Trapps!” Moore exclaimed. The band set up the stage for a night showcasing some of the talented women in the music industry.
Tennis played several songs off their 2012 release and solid top to bottom album, Young & Old. “Petition”, a track enhanced by the rhythmic of the synth melody and Moore’s finely tuned voice. A single from Young & Old, “Origins”
Tennis featured a new song Wednesday night titled: “I’m Calling”, a melodramatic song that features Moore’s the refined side of her vocals . The band did not mention when a new release would appear, but telling from the track, the new material will borrow ideas from Young & Old and Small Sound (2013).
For Haim’s performance at the Tower Theater, their mother was in attendance. Este, bassist, informed the crowd that their mom was born and raised in Philadelphia which prompted a loud roar of approval from the crowd. In honor her, they played her favorite “My Song 5”, to which Donna Haim and her friends danced wildly to.
Haim, supporting Days Are Gone, crafted a well crafted setlist that breathed fresh air into into the enormously popular album. The crowd sung along to every song including “Don’t Save Me”, “If I Could Change Your Mind” and the title track, “Days Are Gone”. The sisters cut some time to jam, which is not common amongst other pop-infused bands.
The indie pop sisters returned for a three song encore. Este took center stage for a cover of Beyonce’s song “XO”, a cover which was made popular during their stop on BBC earlier this year. Haim saved their best track off Days Are Gone, “The Wire”, for last.
“We are in the green like ‘oh, we are at a party,” Alana screamed at the top of her lungs. “I need you to fucking rage!”
Photos by: Megan Matuzak