watch Hooton Tennis Club’s Jacques Cousteau-inspired “Monsoonal Runoff” video
UK band Hooton Tennis Club went on hiatus after 2016's Big Box Of Chocolates -- primary songwriters Ryan Murphy and James Madden had started offshoot group Seatbelts -- but the band were in the midst of planning a return when COVID-19 hit. They released a two song single as part of Bandcamp's artist appreciation day on May 1 featuring the jangle "Monsoonal Runoff" and the violin-laced "People Want People Who Want People" that starts off wistful and then rips open as a ragged indie rock jam.
“We started recording these songs a while ago (back when times had a precedent), we had hoped to release the songs along with some tour dates," HTC tell us. "Then our tour dates were obviously put on the back burner, but it was great to send each other tracks between lockdown, sending recordings back and forth. We always felt we had more songs in us and it's a wholesome feeling to be working on new songs together. A band can be a great vehicle for escape, especially in these current unprecedented times." We've got the premiere for the "Monsoonal Runoff" which was directed/animated by Madden, inspired by iconic undersea explorer Jacques Cousteau and features footage provided by Hooton Tennis Club members in isolation. It's a fun video for a very catchy song and you can watch that below.