Every weekday, DIY’s new music know-it-all Neu brings you one essential new release to get obsessed with. Today’s Neu Pick comes from The Courtneys.
Hailing from Canada’s bustling city of Vancouver, The Courtneys specialise in sherberty-sour post-punk. Their latest, ‘Silver Velvet,’ is no exception, with a lo-fi video, cameos a-plenty, to match. “Nothing you say, and nothing you do, can stop me from thinking about you,” insists the band’s all-singing-all-drumming Jen Twynn Payne, wrapping obsessed desire in layers of driving melody. But it’s not just a song about love, this. ‘Silver Velvet’ also marks a happy coincidental moment, seeing the trio teaming up with a massive obsession - Flying Nun Records. The video is - funnily enough - a homage to another band The Courtneys now call label-mates.
“Our video for ‘Silver Velvet’ is a homage to the video for ‘Splat’ by New Zealand band Bailter Space, who are a Flying Nun band,” say the band. “At the time we made the video, we didn’t even know we’d be working with Flying Nun! We were just big fans. Ryan Dyck of Hockey Dad Records did the cinematography, and the video features cameos from our recording engineer Jordan Koop, “Curly Courtney” (Hugo Noriega), and members of our friends bands Dead Soft, B-Lines, Dead Ghosts, Woolworm , Flyin’, Nervous Operator, Needles//Pins, plus vehicle cameos from our old van “the courtneymobile”, Courtneys convertible, and Macy’s van with the mushroom window, which is basically famous for appearing in most Vancouver music videos. Plus, a dog cameo from Lady Dog”
Everyone loves a dog cameo, right?
Besides their new ‘Silver Velvet’ viddy, The Courtneys also have a new album, helpfully titled ‘The Courtneys II’ out on February 17th. Pre-order a copy here.
Have a watch of the ‘Silver Velvet’ video - premiering here as our Neu Pick - below.