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Tenniscoats are a Japanese indie pop duo comprised of Saya (lead vocals) and Takashi Ueno (guitar, saxophone). With the help of an ever-shifting lineup of backing musicians (the likes of which have included LSD-March, Eddie Marcon, Secai, Popo, Saibou Bungaku, Tim Barnes, and Tetsuya Umeda), the Uneos make the kind of gentle, willowy, cerebral tunes that bring to mind a host of Japanese indie pop acts, particularly Four Bonjour's Parties and Lullatone, as well as artists like Bobby Baby and Rose Melberg. Tenniscoats released their first EP, The Theme of Tenniscoats, via the Majikick label in 2000. This was followed two years later by another mini-album, The Ending Theme, which was released on Noble/MIDI Creative. Tenniscoats' first proper full-length album, We Are Everyone, was released in 2004. Several more releases followed in the next four years, including Totemo Aimasho (2007) and Tenniscoats & Secai (2008). In addition to their own recordings, Tenniscoats were involved with various collaborations and side projects at this time, including Tan-Tan Therapy with Swedish ambient rockers Tape in 2008 and OneOne, a collaboration between Saya and Deerhoof's Satomi. Tenniscoats released another full-length album, Temporacha, via the ROOM40 label in 2009. Two Sunsets, an album made in collaboration with the seminal Scottish indie pop group the Pastels, was released on Domino that fall. Tokinouta was released in 2011, and the following year the duo reconvened with Tape for help on production of the quiet chamber pop collection Papa's Ear. Later in 2012, the group released All Aboard!, an album they recorded between 2005 and 2009 which featured with Ikuro Takahashi, a drummer known best for his work with Japanese noise rock bands High Rise and Fushitsusha.
Tenniscoats is a Japanese band with two members, Saya & Takashi Ueno, but they often have guest musicians (and non-musicians) playing and performing with them. The guest musicians are for example, Secai, LSD March, Eddie Marcon, Popo, Saibou Bungaku, Tetsuya Umeda, Kazumi Nikaido, etc. Saya and Ueno have also performed in many other underground bands, such as Maher Shalal Hash Baz, Cacoy, Puka Puka Brians, Yumbo and others. Saya and Ueno have also released solo works.
Their music has been classified as avant-garde, folk, psychedelic and indie; Saya herself has been known to label their sound, "avant pops".
Saya and Ueno met at Meiji University, where they were students.
In December, 2008, Saya collaborated with Satomi of Deerhoof on a one-off project called OneOne. The album was released on P-Vine Records (Japan) and Aquarius Records (USA).
In 2009, Ueno began the psych-folk group, Kasumi Trio. The other members are Shinsuke Michishita (from LSD March), Ikuro Takahashi (from Fushitsusha, Nagisa ni te).Wilks, Jon. "Tenniscoats: the Classic Interview". The Grizzly Folk. Retrieved 15 March 2014.