Courting have announced their debut album, ‘Guitar Music’.
Set for release on 23rd September via Play It Again Sam, the news comes alongside an everything, everywhere, all at once new single ‘Loaded’.
Speaking about the track, frontman Sean Murphy-O’Neill explains: “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.”
It certainly is. Ridiculous. You can give it a listen below.
On the album – produced by double GRAMMY-nominated producer James Dring (Gorillaz, Jamie T, Sorry, Lana Del Rey, Blur, Loyle Carner) – Sean continues: “Guitar Music is realising you actually love the music you hated when you were 13. 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.”
Courting are set to hit the road later this year. You can catch them at:
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
4 Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham
5 The Exchange, Bristol
6 Cavern, Exeter
7 The Junction, Plymouth
8 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