Set for release on 23rd September via Play It Again Sam, Liverpool’s Courting have announced their debut album ‘Guitar Music’.
“Guitar Music is realising you actually love the music you hated when you were 13,” frontman Sean Murphy-O’Neill explains. “It is lip fillers and being thousands of pounds in debt. It is missing mundane things about your childhood and mourning celebrities you were only aware of posthumously. It is dancing with your friends. It is falling in love with a drawing and it is always online. It is touching toes in bed, hearts carved into trees. It is swimming outside and listening to pop smoke. It is fireworks over family parks and Guitar Music is the opposite of our early releases in that it is very emotional. The stories told may be from the perspective of other characters at times, but these songs are filled with actual emotion rather than us trying to hide.
“We felt that Guitar Music as a phrase was reductive and therefore decided to create a record with the intention of it being a body of work that could redeem being a ‘guitar band’, by pushing it to different boundaries. To us, this record is a statement piece, it felt very exciting to make, to us, it feels a lot more special than we’d originally expected it would be.”
Sharing new track ‘Loaded’ alongside the news, Sean adds, “In Loaded we tie together a lot of ideas about change, and stagnation. It is inspired heavily by pop music, specifically artists like SOPHIE. It is us just throwing everything at the wall and trying to create something fun and ridiculous.”
Check it out below.
‘Guitar Music’ Tracklisting:
1. Cosplay/Twin Cities
5. Crass (redux)
7. Uncanny Valley Forever
See Courting live at the following dates:
20 - Sneaky Petes, Edinburgh
21 - King Tuts, Glasgow
23 - The Cluny, Newcastle
24 - The Key Club, Leeds
25 - Polar Bear Music Club, Hull
27 - The Fulford Arms, York
28 - Sidney & Matilda, Sheffield
29 – The Sugarmill, Stoke on Trent
30 - Arts Club, Liverpool
04 - Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham
05 - The Exchange, Bristol
06 – Cavern, Exeter
07 - The Junction, Plymouth
08 – The Old Fire Station, Bournemouth
11 – The Joiners, Southampton
12 - O2 Academy, Oxford
13 - Facebar, Reading
14 - The Boileroom, Guilford
15 - The Green Door Store, Brighton
17 – The Forum, Tunbridge Wells
18 – The Portland Arms, Cambridge
19 - MOTH Club, London
21 - Bedford Esquires, Bedford
22 - KU Bar, Stockton on Tees
23 - The Boulevard, Wigan
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