NEWS: Courting announce debut album Guitar Music, release new single ‘Loaded’ and confirm tour dates for September and October

The four members of the band Courting looking at the camera
Credit: Alex Bex

Liverpool’s Courting have announced their debut album Guitar Music set for release on 23 September via [PIAS]. To accompany this news the band have released new single ‘Loaded‘. The album follows last years EP Grand National and sees the 4-piece creating a more chaotic sound while still retaining their energy and zest for life. Noise, distortion, chaos – its all in ‘Loaded’ but combined with driving basslines and a twist of electronica the track is more than worthy to fit in the setlist for Courting’s renowned live shows. And there will be plenty of opportunity to see the band live as they tour in the UK in September and October.

Speaking on the new single, frontman Sean Murphy-O’Neill says:
“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.”

This new approach to songwriting is key to the whole ethos of the new record, which was produced by double GRAMMY nominated producer James Dring (Gorillaz, Jamie T, Sorry, Lana Del Rey, Blur, Loyle Carner). Expanding on the album Murphy-O’Neill says:

“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 head out on an extensive UK tour in support of album Guitar Music, starting at Sneaky Pete’s in Edinburgh. For full details and tickets please see below.

Courting 2022 UK TOUR:

20th Sept – Sneaky Petes, Edinburgh
21st Sept – King Tuts, Glasgow
23rd Sept – The Cluny, Newcastle
24th Sept – The Key Club, Leeds
25th Sept – Polar Bear Music Club, Hull
27th Sept – The Fulford Arms, York
28th Sept – Sidney & Matilda, Sheffield
29th Sept – The Sugarmill, Stoke on Trent
30th Sept – Arts Club, Liverpool

4th Oct – Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham
5th Oct – The Exchange, Bristol
6th Oct – Cavern, Exeter
7th Oct – The Junction, Plymouth
8th Oct – The Old Fire Station, Bournemouth
11th Oct – The Joiners, Southampton
12th Oct – O2 Academy, Oxford
13th Oct – Facebar, Reading
14th Oct – The Boileroom, Guilford
15th Oct – The Green Door Store, Brighton
17th Oct – The Forum, Tunbridge Wells
18th Oct – The Portland Arms, Cambridge
19th Oct – MOTH Club, London
21st Oct – Bedford Esquires, Bedford 
22nd Oct  – KU Bar, Stockton on Tees
23rd Oct  – The Boulevard, Wigan 

Tickets are on sale here

For more information on Courting please check out their facebook and twitter.

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